Plaza Trail #783
ElevationAscent: 2,113' 644 m
Descent: -1,699' -518 m
High: 4,612' 1,406 m
Low: 3,721' 1,134 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“Plaza Trail stretches from Boulder Ridge Trail, nine miles south, across the heart of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.”— Kathleen Walker
In either case, Plaza Trail follows the ridge lines of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness namesake mountains. At the end of Boulder Ridge, Plaza Trail follows the ridgeline of Huckleberry Mountain as it winds across the wilderness towards Salmon Mountain and then a feature called Sheepshead Rock at the south end of the wilderness. The following description assumes you start at the south end and run north.
This trail starts at Forest Road 4610 and ends at it junction with Boulder Ridge Trail #783A. From Forest Road 4610 (4,240’), the trail heads north and after 50’ the trail branches. The trail heading west is Old Baldy Trail #502. Head east (right) onto this trail (#783). At 1.3 miles, the trail passes Sheepshead Rock (4,460’) which offers nice views to the north, west and east. Leaving Sheepshead Rock, the trail climbs several switchbacks, descends briefly then contours a further 1.5 miles to the junction with Salmon Mountain Trail #787 (3,840’).
From the junction, #783 continues north, and after 2.6 miles the trail reaches the junction with Douglas Trail #781 (4,040’). Head right to stay on #783 and continue 1.6 miles to the junction with Bonanza Trail #786 (4,200’). Head left to stay on #783 and the trail passes Huckleberry Mountain (4,290’) in 0.1 mile. Continue heading north, going downhill 1.7 miles to the trail’s end at the junction with Boulder Ridge Trail #783A. The only significant sustained grades on this trail are between the Sheepshead rock and Salmon Mountain Trail #787. There are some short, steep sections along the trail.
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