18N25 - Packsaddle Trail

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4/5 (1 reviews)
Upper Lake, California (Mendocino County)
Last Updated: 02/26/2019

Trail Information


Packsaddle Trail, near Lake Pillsbury in the southwest part of the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California, starts and ends at intersections with M1 - Elk Mountain Road, and thus presents an opportunity to bypass a good portion of the heavily washboarded Elk Mountain Road. It is a quieter, smoother, more peaceful route with one exceptional lookout spot, and spends much of its time winding through deep Ponderosa Pine forest. The lookout spot presents a fine 180 degree view towards the east, with seemingly endless rolling, forested hills disappearing forever into the distance. Hull Mountain is prominent to the northeast.

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4/5 (1)
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/02/2019

The Packsaddle trail is definitely your better option than M1 to Lake Pillsbury! Its a little more challenging and less washboard than the M1 route. Highly recommend taking that route. Though still very easy, it might give a a good feel for your newly acquired 4x4. No problems with a stock vehicle here!

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