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Gold Lake Trail

MODERATE 21 reviews
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Gold Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Berry Creek, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Directions from Quincy: Travel wet on Bucks Lake Road for 9.2 miles, then through Meadow Valley. Turn right on graveled road (24N29X.) Note Silver Lake sign and proceed 6.4 miles to campground and lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to the lake. definitely bring boots.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike for all, especially good if you looking for one to accomodate kids and dogs. Road in was open and clear, 6 miles on dirt, most sedans can make it, last few miles has some ruts but manageable. Hike is mostly uphill to Gold Lake, only a mile and a half. At altitude, about 6000 ft, windy in the afternoon, layers a good idea. If going into Gold Lake; some type of water shoes will help getting in and out. Pretty views along the way and swimming on both ends of the hike.

camping
3 months ago

Great trail, well maintained and marked. My daughter and I camped for two nights up at gold lake. It was my daughters first time backpack camping. She’s 12 and handled the trail just fine with a 40lb pack.

camping
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Great place

hiking
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beautiful little lake at the bend of the loop, beautiful views all around

camping
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Nice trail and lots to see. Not too bad of a hike and well worth the trip. The access road to Silver Lake could definitely use some maintenance. Lots of ruts and rocks. No ok for small cars with no clearance. When you reach Gold lake I advise to camp around the east side of the lake as you won't be bothered by day hikers coming up from the car campgrounds at Silver Lake. All in all a good trip

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

It was beautiful! Lots to see but no fish! The trail is marked as easy but I think it should marked as moderate! Glad I wore my hiking boots. Lots of rocks and uneven ground!

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beautiful once you get there; there is about a 6 mile dirt road to this trail from the Silver Lake Road. Additionally, there were lots of downed trees and it made following the trail a little difficult in some areas.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Awesome hike from Silver Lake Trailhead. Well maintained trail, perfect destination at Gold Lake. We were treated to an abundance of wildflowers in mid-June. Note: this is rated as an easy hike, so I wore all-terrain cross trainers, not boots. The terrain is very Rocky, so ankle support is highly recommended.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

great campsite keep driving down to the 4x4 camp. beautiful! there are little more difficult trails past this campground

camping
Monday, July 13, 2015

We camped at Gold Lake. It was a lot of fun. Activities included: hiking, ATV riding, kayaking, and fishing. We went the weekend after 4th of July and it was packed! We got one of the last sites. The fishing was okay. In two days we only caught three. We were able to hike to Summit lake, from there we hiked along the Pacific Crest Trail to Deer Lake. It was beautiful! Overall, great weekend.

Monday, July 06, 2015

revised. if you go up to Silver lake there's a trail head to gold lake, rock lake and the PCT. this trail is clear and clearly marked. enjoy

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

make sure to bring your GPS unit for this trek. there's no trail marker to start and you will need to blaze your own trail. good luck!

hiking
Friday, September 28, 2012

One of my favorite hikes! Been coming here for about 35 years. Not difficult but a few steep areas to traverse. However, the listed location shows Berry Creek which is close to Oroville, no where near, this Gold lake trail. The Gold Lake trail is actually located near Meadow Valley just west of Quincy. Extremely beautiful and rugged area. Not usually accessible until after June or July due to snow pack still in shaded areas of access road, which can be quite deep at times. (Seen more than one vehicle get stuck in a snow bank up there.) Well worth the drive and effort, don't think you can find a much more relaxing and beautiful atmosphere than the Gold / Silver lake area.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is an easy hike, suitable for younger children (5-6 and up). The trail doesnt have much elevation untill you get to eht end and decend into Gold Lake itself. There is many areas to hang out and fish for the day. Fishing, camping, picnics, whatever your style its a nice day. Snow may be an issue up till July, and sometimes the manzanita starts getting grabby.

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