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Chilcoot is an unincorporated community in Plumas County, California.[1] It lies at an elevation of 5,013 feet (1,528 m).[1] Chilcoot is located 17 miles (27.4 km) east of Portola.[2]

Chilcoot is located in California
Location in California
Chilcoot is located in the United States
Chilcoot (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°47′52″N 120°08′23″W / 39.79778°N 120.13972°W / 39.79778; -120.13972Coordinates: 39°47′52″N 120°08′23″W / 39.79778°N 120.13972°W / 39.79778; -120.13972
Country United States
State California
CountyPlumas County
Elevation5,013 ft (1,528 m)

For census purposes, Chilcoot is included in the census-designated place (CDP) of Chilcoot-Vinton.

The Chilcoot post office opened in 1898, was moved into Lassen County in 1909, and moved back into Plumas County in 1910.[2] Chilcoot may be a Shawnee language name.[3]


This region experiences warm (but not hot) and dry summers, with no average monthly temperatures above 71.6 °F. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Chilcoot has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.[4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chilcoot, California
  2. ^ a b Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 364. ISBN 1-884995-14-4.
  3. ^ Brown, Thomas P. (May 30, 1940). "Over the Sierra". Indian Valley Record. p. 3. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Chilcoot, California