Gold Lake Trail

#5 of 21 trails in Plumas National Forest
Gold Lake Trail is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Berry Creek, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.

3.0 miles 400 feet Out & Back
camping hiking lake views wildlife
Hide Map

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.

Tammy Swayze
7 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

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

Andrea Giusti
10 months ago

18 Completed18 Reviews

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.

Marvin Roberts
10 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

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

Marvin Roberts
10 months ago

5 Completed3 Reviews

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!

Neal Emery
3 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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.

James Leonard
4 years ago

0 Completed2 Reviews

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.