This trail starts out through a pine forest, with multiple small creek crossings. It will then narrow out and become extremely rocky as it crosses over volcanic ridges. The views are amazing along the entire route until you reach wide gravel roads towards the end. There are some fun camping sites along the way. Green-sticker vehicles are allowed on side roads only.
From Highways 99 and 36 east of Red Bluff, take Highway 36 east in the direction of Lassen Volcanic National Park. After 20 miles, turn right on Paynes Creek Loop at milepost 64. Go 0.4 miles and turn right on Plum Creek Road. Follow paved road 8.3 miles to Ponderosa Way (F.S. Road 28N29, also County Road 707B).