Deer Lake, Gold Valley

Total Miles


2276.51 ft


5 Hours

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Trail Overview


Moderate: Deer Lake trail is mostly easy except at the north end. After Waypoint 03, the trail drops steeply into Gold Valley and wanders backand- forth across a narrow, rocky creek bed. Okay for stock 4x4 SUVs with high clearance and skid plates. Novice drivers use caution.


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.

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Access Description

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.