This moderate backpacking trip into the Lakes Basin Recreation Area begins at the Jamison Mine trailhead in Plumas-Eureka State Park. We will backpack in to Rock Lake, passing Grass and Jamison Lakes along the way. While the hike to Rock Lake is only 3.2 miles, the elevation gain is significant, at 2,090 feet. The first part of the hike is steep through loose rocks and boulders.
This trip is in conjunction with the Chico-Oroville Outdoor Adventurers Meetup group. So far there are seven backpackers coming from that group: four men and three women (including myself). We may hike in two groups to allow one group to hike at a slower pace.
Additional details: Bear canisters are optional; I plan to hang food. Overnight temps will be a few degrees cooler in September so you will want to be prepared. No wilderness permit needed. $8 state park entrance/parking fee per vehicle
Here is a link to a trip report, with pictures of Jamison and Rock Lakes:
We will meet at the trailhead on Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m.
I will be driving up on Friday evening after work, leaving Sacramento around 6 p.m., to car camp the night before at the Plumas-Eureka State Park. You are welcome to join me either Friday evening or Saturday morning. We can carpool from Sacramento if you would like to go up Friday night.
Here are driving directions from the Bay Area (I chose San Francisco as a general starting point):
Here is a link to the Plumas-Eureka State Park brochure, with map:
We will not be able to have a campfire. Fire restrictions went into effect June 15. See link:
We can use portable stoves with a campfire permit:
...lanterns and portable stoves using gas, jellied petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed as long as the forest visitor has a valid California Campfire Permit available from Forest Service offices during normal business hours (M-F; 8-4:30).
Or you can get a campfire permit online, via the Sequoia National Forest link, below, good in any National Forest:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 4 question quiz.