- Empire Creek Trail is a difficult 2.5 mile trail at an elevation of 4,820 feet. This trail follows the contour of Empire Creek Canyon through a setting of magnificent old growth timber and is a beautiful area to explore. Wildflowers, wildlife, and birdlike abound. After a moderated and steadily climbing hike of approximately 2 miles, the valley opens and provides a panoramic view of the surrounding area. After another 0.5 miles the maintained trail ends at a saddle. This saddle is an ideal area for picnicking and simply enjoying the tranquility of nature.
Hikers looking for a challenge will see Rattle Snake Peak just 0.4 miles away. The additional 460 foot climb should be made from the northeast. Exercise care when climbing through the loose volcanic rock formation of the actual peak. The view from the top is spectacular, with Mount Lasses, Mount Shasta, Mount Rose and the Sierra Buttes as the dominant peaks.
Hikers who can arrange transportation can connect at the end of the trail with the Chimney Rock Trail. This is an interesting and rewarding additional to the hike. For details see the description for Chimney Rock Trail.
- tel: 530-288-3231
- 15924 Highway 49
- Camptonville, CA 95922
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