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By far one of the most scenic lakes regions in California, Gold Lake is part of the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Way north of Tahoe! Plenty of fishing, camping & hiking trails in this part of the forests. Northern Sierra or Gold Country North, since Historic Hwy 49 ends nearby. Gold Lake Highway is closed in winter, but the snowmobiles have access. Cross country skiing & snow shoeing are also great here.

gold lake, California

elevation: 6409'
population: 10
zip code: 96103


snow melt, alpine lakes between granite & volcanic mountains

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Gold Lake

Sierra County
N of Sierra City
off Hwy 49; near Hwy 89 & 70


Gold Lake



  • backpacking
  • biking
  • camping
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • snow skiing
  • mountain biking
  • Frazier Falls
  • snowmobiling
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • lake ice skating
  • off-roading
  • stargazing
  • wildflowers
  • snow sledding
  • cabin rentals
  • river rafting
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes

    parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area
  • Plumas Eureka State Park
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Frazier Falls
  • Haskell Peak (8107' elev)
  • description:
    Pristine Northern Sierra Lake; the Gold Lake region, or Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a series of small, angelic, snow melt lakes surrounded by granite mountain peaks. Where the Sierra Nevada granite rock meets the volcano Cascade Range.

    Located on the border of Tahoe & Plumas National Forests, with the impressive spires, Sierra Buttes, towering over the lake landscape. This is headwaters to the Yuba river watershed. Far north gold country, N of California Hwy 49.

    A number of small seasonal cabin resorts dot the landscapes between creeks, pines, waterfalls, with at least 10 small crystal clear blue lakes & granite peaks as the backdrop. Summer is fishing, hiking & mountain biking; Winter cross country skiing, ice skating & snowmobile haven.

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    nearby towns:
    Sierra City

    Frazier Falls California

    Salmon Lake California
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