Poker Flat

Poker Flat and Howland flat are two really fun ghost towns you'll pass along this route.

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4 Hours
Technical Rating
4 / 10
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Trail Overview
Poker Flat
This trail offers just enough challenge to be fun, and enough to see and do to be worth a full day trip. Ghost towns and a great lookout at Saddleback Mountain Lookout Tower are the highlights. There is a staging area and warming hut on the La Porte side. Green-sticker vehicles allowed.
In 1850, Poker Flat produced $700,000 in gold every month. Nearly 2,000 people occupied the town at its peak. The town developed its notoriety largely from a fictional tale by Bret Harte entitled “Outcasts of Poker Flat.” Howland Flat produced an estimated $14 million in gold over its lifetime.
Getting There
From Downieville, head west 0.3 miles and turn right on a graded dirt road marked to Poker Flat.
Contact for Current Conditions
Plumas N. F.
Feather R. D.
(530) 534-6500