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Deer Lake, Gold Valley

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Location Graeagle, CA
Rating Moderate,
Length 15.7mi
Time 5hrs

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Scenic ridge in popular mountain area.

Trail begins with an easy climb to a high scenic ridge above beautiful Deer Lake. The route then descends into rugged Gold Valley and heads north past mines and lakes. To modify the trip, you can head north from Waypoint 02 to a scenic campground above Gold Lake or just exit back to Gold Lake Highway. Another option is to head north from Waypoint 02 and immediately turn left to run difficult Snake Lake, Trail #9. Unlicensed vehicles must stop at Waypoint 06.


Trail Ratings Defined

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.






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(530) 288-3231, (530) 836-2575Tahoe N.F., Yuba River R.D. , Plumas N.F., Beckwourth R.D.

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