Meteorologist / air quality planner living and working in Chico, CA. I like to explore some of the lesser known parts of California.
This area is currently in the active burn area of the Mendocino Complex and is under Mandatory Evacuation Orders.
Hi Rose, I double checked my notes and route and it is a little over 10 miles round trip if you're just doing Cypress Trailhead to Magee Peak and back. Add a few tenths of a mile to check out the lakes! The trail does continue down the south side of Magee peak to another trailhead (which I did as a shuttle hike - I don't recommend as the scenery is uninteresting on the south side of the peak and the roads were difficult). Maybe the guidebook is adding that section? Cheers!
Kelsey, snow was very patchy on a nearby mountain at 7000ft. Most of this climb is on a south facing slope so you should be ok up to the pass.
After a discussion with California Fish and Wildlife staff, Phantom Falls is officially known as "Coal Canyon Falls" while Ravine Falls is officially known as "Fern Falls". Many locals still refer to them as Phantom and Ravine respectively. A bit confusing!
New fee at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve:
Passes: A CDFW Lands Pass must be carried by each visitor who is 16 years of age or older, however, visitors who are carrying a valid California hunting or fishing license in their name are exempt from this requirement. Lands passes may be purchased on-line, by phone at (800) 565-1458, or in-person at locations wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Lands passes cannot be substituted for Wildlife Area Hunting Passes, which are required for adult hunters on Type-A and Type-B wildlife areas. $4.32 for one day, $25.10 for annual pass.
School and organized youth groups, including accompanying adults, are exempt from the lands pass requirement, but need to contact the area to schedule a field trip.
May was a great time to revisit this place! Great wildflowers on the trail. We shared the spring with rafters that came down the East Fork Carson River.
May was a great time to revisit this place! Great wildflowers on the trail.
It's a lovely hike! Not too far from Wildcat if you're camping there.
FYI, the lat/long for this trip on the map is the trailhead, not the actual location of the springs.
Springs are at 38.769, -119.715
If you need a Wilderness Permit, you can pick one up for free at the Weaverville Ranger Station just west of the junction of Hwy 299 and Hwy 3 in Weaverville.
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