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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. Plenty fishing, camping & hiking trails in this part of the forest. It's essentially the Northern Sierra or Gold Country North, since Historic Hwy 49 ends nearby. Gold Lake Road is closed in winter, but the snowmobiles have access. Cross country skiing & snow shoeing are also great here.

elevation: 6409'
population: 10
zip code: 96103


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.

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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 rides
  • bird watching
  • lake ice skating
  • 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:
    Located on the border of Tahoe & Plumas National Forest, with the imprssive Sierra Buttes towering over the lake landscape and the Yuba river gorge. This is northern gold country, 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

    Sierra Buttes

    Salmon Lake California


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