Indian Creek Hill


2.8 miles  1,200' elevation gain

best season: 
but not if snow below:

1:05 drive

dogs welcome

trail closed until Sept 15, 2021 due to Dixie Fire

Trailhead is now (Nov 2020) OPEN
(was closed for years due to Hwy bridge construction and then the North Complex Fire)

This is a short, moderately steep climb up the Indian Springs Trail.

This hike is mostly in forest, and takes the short spur trail to a high point on the ridge tongue-in-cheek called a "hill" above Indian Creek in its canyon far below.  There is another "hill" (Red Hill) that looms nearly 4000' above Highway 70 a few miles upstream.  It goes without saying that this is big mountain country.


This is low elevation, despite having big mountains all around, and is snow-free most of the winter.  CalTrans has a webcam higher up the canyon, and if it is snow-free there it will likely be snow-free for this hike.  If snow encountered, turn back, and try hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in to Chips Creek as a lower elevation alternative.  Snow and ice on steep slopes can be very dangerous.

This hike is in Plumas National Forest; owned by the public, managed by Plumas National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed except late Summer & early Fall. But no overnight parking allowed at the trailhead (PG&E property).

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Street View of trailhead

Maps  Apr 2021 edition

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