Deer Lake, Gold Valley
Enjoy the views as you follow an easy trail to a ridge above Deer Lake. From there the ride increases slightly in difficulty as you descent into Gold Valley and pass old mines and mountain lakes. There is an option to camp above Gold Lake. At this point you can return back to Gold Lake Highway or connect with the difficult Snake Lake Trail. Unlicensed vehicles allowed on the trail, but only street-legal vehicles allowed once you hit Graeagle-Johnsville Road.
Sierra County was an extremely active gold mining area starting with the gold rush in the 1850s. Many mines are located between Sierra City and Johnsville, including the Four Hills Mine on this route. Nearly a half million dollars in gold was extracted here from a high-grade surface deposit. To learn more, take time to visit the excellent Plumas Eureka State Park Museum at the end of the route.