Hiking is a lovely thing, isn't it? Long treks, steep climbs, and amazing views, what more could anyone ask for? Although it's understandable if you don't have much time or energy, but you and Fido can still want to catch some of that pretty scenery. Along the Red Fir Nature Trail, you'll find a short hike to a well-known peak that will give you just as great a views as anywhere in the Plumas National Forest.
The drive alone will get you and Fido excited, since the road winds up the mountain ridge and offer pleasant views and landscape until it reaches the parking lot, at an elevation of 7,040 feet. The parking area is a loop near the top of the ridge and offers no amenities other than space to park, so be sure to bring some water and clean-up bags for your pup.
The climb begins right away and you'll see lots of trees, plants, and even wildflowers in the summer while you climb up. Your decent is a little rigorous, traveling over rocky terrain and boulders, but once you reach the top of the ridge on Mill's Peak, you'll find yourself surrounded by gorgeous views of Plumas National Forest. The 100-year-old forest offers coast douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, and white fir. During the winter, you'll be able to see plenty of snow cover the peaks and throughout the valley too.
It takes just about as long to get back down as it did for you to get up, you just gotta remember to mind the loose terrain! On the way down, you might even get a chance to see plenty of the native birds, like vulture turkeys, California quail, bald eagles, or osprey.
This fine trail will be sure to bring you and Fido back more, so you guys will be spending plenty of time here!