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Gold Lake

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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.

Sierra Buttes Map
Sierra Buttes Map
Plumas Forest Map
Plumas Forest Map
Tahoe Forest Map
Tahoe Forest Map
Lakes Basin Map
Lakes Basin Map
elevation: 6409' population: 10 zip code: 96103


snow melt, alpine lakes between granite & volcanic mountains

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



  • 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:

  • Lakes Basin Recreation Area
  • Plumas Eureka State Park
  • Tahoe National Forest
  • Plumas National Forest
  • Frazier Falls
  • Haskell Peak (8107' elev)
  • gold lake campgrounds

    Lakes Basin Campground
    Gold Lake Campground
    Goose Lake Campground
    Haven Lake Campground
    Sardine Lake Camping
    Salmon Creek Camping
    Sierra Campground - Hwy 49 N
    Gold Lake 4x4 Campground
    Berger Camp @ Packer Lake
    Ross Campground
    Packsaddle @ Packer Lake
    Snag Lake Campground

    tent camping

    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.

    nearby towns:
    Sierra City
    local links:

    Sierra County Chamber of Commerce

    Lakes Basin Hiking Photos
    Bassetts Station
    Cabins at Gold Lake Lodge
    Elwell Lake Lodge
    Sierra Buttes Hiking Map (NatGeo)
    Lodging @ Gold Lake
    Plumas National Forest Map
    Tahoe National Forest Map
    Mini Gold Lake Hike @ Bucks Lk
    Yuba River
    Feather River
    Tahoe Forest Rd #54
    Granite Terrain of Lakes Basin
    Sardine Lake California
    Ice Skating Gold Lake (VIDEO)
    Fern Falls Overlook Trailhead
    Mills Peak Trail
    Sierra Buttes Trailhead

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