Things to do near Portola, in the Lost Sierra

High Camp is an amazing hub for outdoor adventure, history, and culinary delights. You can mountain bike nearby trails, hike to waterfalls or fire lookouts, play a round of disc golf, or just unwind at a local eatery, while enjoying live music. Go make some memories in this beautiful corner of California!

Mountain Biking

Beckwourth Peak Trail

  • An amazing, intermediate, cross-county trail. Ride around the mountain and enjoy the views on this new trail.
  • Trail map
  • Start from High Camp

Mills Peak Trail

Mount Hough Trail System

Gravel Biking (coming soon)

Lost & Found Gravel Route

Lake Davis Loop

Smith Peak Fire Lookout

Calpine Fire Lookout

Brewery Loop


Portola Riverwalk Trail

  • Flat, paved trail that follows the river in town. There is also a disc golf course along the trail.
  • 7 mins to trailhead

Little Jamison Falls

  • A 2 mile out-and-back to a hidden waterfall, which runs year-round. If you continue a short distance up the trail, you’ll reach Grass Lake.
  • 32 mins to trailhead

Calpine Fire Lookout

  • Depending on weather, you can likely drive a lot of the way to this picturesque lookout. Follow Calpine Road to the end or park at the turnout if the road is closed for the winter.
  • 33 mins to the lookout

Mills Peak Trail

  • This seven mile trail takes off from the Mills Peak Lookout and heads downhill through a predominately conifer forest, offering some beautiful views
  • 24 mins to trailhead

Beckwourth Peak Trail

  • A new trail, created by the Sierra Buttes Stewardship. The trail is accessible from the edge of Beckwourth Peak High Camp.
  • Trailhead: start at High Camp


Portola Public Pool

  • The Portola Pool season usually begins Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend. Just down the road from High Camp on Gulling St, the pool is open Tuesday-Saturday Noon-5pm (day use fee).
  • 5 mins to the pool

Sierra Valley Hot Springs

  • Natural Hot Springs in Portola. Day Use Passes are available through advance reservation only: Thursday through Sunday from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Evening Soak Passes are available through advance reservation only Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00pm to 11:00pm. 
  • 36 mins to the hot springs

Lake Davis

  • Lake Davis Recreation Area offers a wide variety of summer outdoor experiences including: camping , picnicking,  fishing, hunting, boating, mountain biking, swimming, and wildlife viewing
  • 18 mins to the day use area

Frazier Point Falls

  • An accessible trail to waterfalls that run typically in May in June. Good for kids and those with limited ability to hike.
  • 36 mins to the trailhead

Lakes Basin Recreation Area

  • With over 20 small lakes, impressive peaks, 30+ miles of trails, waterfalls, and picturesque campgrounds and historic lodges, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a crown jewel in the Plumas National Forest. Check out the area for mountain biking, hiking, birding and picnicking.
  • 34 mins to the Gold Lake

Disc Golf

Portola Riverwalk Disc Golf Course

  • An award-winning disc golf course that runs along the Feather River.
  • 5 min to the basket #1


Nakoma Resort | 14 mins away

Grizzly Ranch Golf Club | 15 mins away

Plumas Pines Golf Course | 23 mins away


Plumas-Eureka State Park

  • Gold Rush Mining Museum including miner’s bunkhouse, tools, machinery, etc. Closed during some winter months.
  • 26 mins to the park

Western Pacific Railroad Museum

  • The WPRM is a “hands-on” museum that allows visitors to board and explore locomotives and train cars in their collection.
  • 8 mins to the musuem

Eat & Drink

The Brewing Lair

  • Open air brewery with outdoor seating, and occasionally live music.
  • 17 mins to the brewery

Eureka Peak Lodge

  • Featuring pizzas and tapas inspired dishes and a collection of craft beers.
  • 12 mins to the restaurant

Headwaters Cafe in Portola, CA

  • Whole food made from scratch and a lovely outdoor deck and seating overlooking the feather river.
  • 8 mins to the restaurant

Cuccias in Graeagle

  • Cozy Italian restaurant in Graeagle.
  • 20 mins to the restaurant

Rico’s Mexican

  • Casual family-run restaurant in Portola.
  • 8 mins to the restaurant


  • Casual, outdoor seating only, offering burgers, chicken nuggets, and soft-serve icecream.
  • 8 mins to the restaurant

Grizzly Ranch Lake House

  • Lunch service, a “sunken” full bar, beer on tap, and an open-air terrace overlooking the 18th green.
  • 14 mins to the restaurant


Plumas Audubon Society

Off-Road Recreation

Plumas National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map

Fire Lookouts in Plumas County


Fishing in the Plumas National Forest

Fishing in Plumas County