Plum Creek Rd

You start at the corner of Paynes Creek Rd and Hwy 36, or park in the village of Paynes Creek. Plume Creek Rd starts right there. It's a quiet back road with mostly moderate and few steeper climbs.

After 2/3 you need to turn left in Little Giant Mill Rd. The map makes a big deal of Ponderosa Way which in fact is a dirt road. Little Giant Mill Rd winds through the mountains with some moderate climbing and gets you back to Hwy 36.

You can continue on the scenic Hwy 36 towards the South entrance of Lassen National Park. It's a wide road with a good sized shoulder. It has some 6%-7% climbs where the road is completely straight - I always find such climbs quite depressing.