Lakes Basin Rec. Area     
National Forest Service  (View this site)
Plumas National Forest  (View this site)
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Year Round
Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a jewel of the Northern Sierra's. Gold Lake offers fishing and boating not to mention great OHV camping along the shore of this beautiful site. The area offers a good sized trail system ranging from easy to difficult and more lakes than you can count on your fingers and toes.

Trail Maps      

Plumas National Forest   (US Forest Service)
Gold Lake   (USGS Topo)

A bold trail name denotes a link to a trail write up.
  Easy -
   These fun family trails are suited for a stock vehicle and may not always require four wheel drive. In most cases these trails consist of well maintained service roads. Roads are typically wide enough to accommodate passing.

  Moderate -
   While more challenging than the "Easy" rated trails, drivers of all skill levels can enjoy these trails. At this level a stock high clearance four wheel drive vehicle is required. Trails are typically narrow with possible brush that may scratch your vehicle. Passing usually requires backing up.

  Difficult -
   Trails at this rating require a vehicle with increased ground clearance and proper protection. Trails will often require a spotter and should only be attempted by more experienced off road drivers. Most trails at this level require 33" tires and at least one locker is recommended.

  Extreme -
   Trails at this rating require a heavily modified vehicle. At this point you most likely have more dents than lugs on your tires, flops and rollovers are just part of your Sunday drive. Front and rear lockers, at least 35" tires and a winch are highly recommended. "Extreme" rated trails should only be attempted by the most experienced off road drivers.