Highgrade Trail

Highgrade National Recreation Trail is 5.5 miles long. Elevations range from 7,100 to 7,800 ft in this high elevation forest setting.

photo: Volunteers working on trail on National Public Lands Day. Photo by USFS.

Length: 5.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: In Modoc National Forest, NE of Bidwell W of Goose Lake.

State(s): California
Counties: Modoc
Longitude: -120.22547
Latitude: 41.93497

Driving Directions

Alturas: Travel north on Hwy 395 for 33 miles until you come to the junction of Hwy 395 and Forest Road 9 at the Willow Ranch Fire Station. Travel east and south on Forest Road 9 for 5 miles (passing the Buck Creek Guard Station) to Forest Road 47N72 (the Del Pratt Spring Road). Travel east and north on Forest Road 47N72 for 5-1/2 miles to the High Grade NRT south trailhead.

Cedarville: Travel north on County Road 1 for 25-1/2 miles to Fort Bidwell. From the north end of Fort Bidwell, continue on Forest and County Road 2 for 9-1/2 miles to the north trailhead of the Highgrade National Recreation Trail.


The Modoc National Forest segment of the Back Country Discovery Trails is about 200 miles long with another 42 miles of alternate (more challenging) trails. Most of the Modoc Back Country Discovery Trails system is single lane and unpaved.

Twenty-two (22) Discovery Points will be designated along the route. When completed each will have an interpretative sign and other information to assist the traveler in enjoying the California Back Country. The Highgrade NRT, Discovery Point 5, is located at milepost 23.5.

The trail is open to hikers, horses, bikers, ATVs and four-wheelers. The trail is approximately 5.5 miles long with elevation varying from 7,100 to 7,800 feet. The trail gradient is mostly gentle with maximum pitches less than 10 percent. Much of the High Grade trail follows four wheel drive dirt roads with only a 1.5 section of trail tread at the south trailhead.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Jeni Bradley
Modoc National Forest
800 West 12th St.
Alturas, CA 96101



Volunteers working on trail on National Public Lands Day. Photo by USFS.

Volunteers working on trail on National Public Lands Day. Photo by USFS.


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