Deer Lake, Gold Valley

This is a fun trail offering a great variety of scenery.

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5 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
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Trail Overview
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.
Getting There
Take Highway 89 north from Truckee about 30 miles, then head west on Highway 49 about 14 miles to Bassetts Station Country Store. From store, head north on Gold Lake Highway 1.3 miles and turn left on Packer Lake Road across bridge. Stay on this paved road 4.4 miles until you reach the top of steep hill at Packer Saddle. Deer Lake Trail is on right.
Contact for Current Conditions
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Yuba River R.D.
(530) 288-3231