Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Hiking enthusiasts will be excited to find a segment of the beautiful and historical Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (or PCT ) nearby. The Pacific Crest Trail is one of our National Scenic Trails and extends through California from Mexico to Canada. The 80 mile segment traversing through Plumas County offers changes in elevation ranging from 2400 to 7000 feet. Surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada's and Cascade ranges, this foot and horseback only trail, has something to offer the casual stroller, or the serious hiker.
Because of the rich volcanic soil, elevation, and rainfall, this segment of the PCT produces lush forests which serves as home to a variety of wildlife including raccoon, mink, fox, bobcat, bear, and of course deer. The plant life is equally as varied and interesting with lupine, paintbrush, columbine and gooseberry.
St. Bernard Lodge is conveniently located 1.4 miles west of the trail crossing Highway 36. This is a great halfway stopping point for hikers traveling the full distance from Mexico to Canada.
If you find that you only have 7 - 8 days to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, the trail from Belden to Burney Falls is an excellent choice. The total stretch is about 134 miles with the lodge falling about 46 miles from Belden and 91 miles from Burney Falls. The section of trail from St. Bernard Lodge to Subway Caves has some of the most diverse geology along the trail. Sites worth getting slightly off the trail for are: Domingo Springs, Willow Lake, Boiling Springs Lake, Devils Kitchen, Spatter Cone and the Subway Caves.
The lodge also allows our guests to leave a car on the property for up to two weeks while hiking this section of the trail. St. Bernard Lodge will also accept packages for guests staying with us.
For a first hand account of part of the PCT between Belden and Burney Falls visit http://www.halfwayanywhere.com/trails/pacific-crest-trail/best-section-hikes-pct-norcal/
The lodge provides a full complimentary breakfast with your stay. Dinner reservations can be made ahead of time. To make reservations call 530-258-3382.