“A beautiful trail accessing Summit Trail #15E10 and Patterson Lake in the South Warner Wilderness.
— Bruce Hope
Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
This trail is enters the South Warner Wilderness and the usual federal wilderness area regulations and restrictions apply here. Practice Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics, camp 100 feet from fragile areas, bury human waste at least 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites.
This trail is usually closed by snow between November and May.
This trail runs from the Pine Creek Trailhead on Forest Road 42N05B easterly through the Pine Creek Basin to end on the crest of the South Warner Range at its junction with the Summit Trail #15E10
For the two miles, the trail ascends through the forest along the South Fork of Pine Creek up a steady but gentle grade. This wilderness area is open to ranching, so you'll likely have to share the space with cows. There are some unique rock formations along this stretch of trail.
After two miles the trail opens up into meadows with small lakes in the Pine Creek Basin. This location is a riot of color when fall comes to the high country; something that can happen in late August here at 7,400 feet.
From Pine Creek Basin, the trail, which can be a little hard to follow in this area, starts climbing a broad sagebrush covered hillside, with the occasional aspen or pine grove, and views west over the Alturas Valley and of Mount Shasta. Even during a drought, many of the springs in this area are likely to still be running. Dense patches of California corn lilies cluster around these springs.
After about 5.5 miles, the trail ends at the wilderness' dividing ridge and a junction with the Summit Trail #15E10
. From here, it's a short ways north to Patterson Lake
or a longer journey south to Eagle Peak, the wilderness' highpoint.