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Gold Lake OHV Camp

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Other Names

Plumas National Forest, Gold Lake, Little Gold Lake, Goose Lake, Haven Lake, Summit Lake, Gold Lake 4x4 Campground, Beckwourth Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This remote 4x4 trail is about five miles long and begins at Gold Lake Camp and heads west, winding past several small lakes. The trail is rugged and is covered with loose chunk rock. All vehicles are permitted but the trail is best explore in a Jeep, ATV or UTV.

Camping is only permitted at Gold Lake Camp, which has 16 sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring and food storage lockers. The campground is open year-round but there is no water or garbage removal services. Both campground and trail are open year-round, and during winter months snowmobiles are permitted.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
permitted at Gold Lake Campground
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
permitted at Gold Lake Campground
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CitySierra City, CA
AddressGold Lake Road, Sierra City, CA 96125
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Truckee, CA
1) Take Hwy 89 North about 45 miles
2) Turn left (west) onto Gold Lake Hwy, continue 9 miles
3) Turn right onto Gold Lake Road, campground entrance is on the right.


Contact InfoPlumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District
23 Mohawk Hwy, P.O. Box 7
Blairsden, CA 96103
(530) 836-2575



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Approx Size3,000 acres (5 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6400 to 7100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has almost all shaded areas.All
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some



Gasoline GasolineSierra City, CA
Diesel DieselSierra City, CA
Potable Water WaterSierra City, CA
RV Hookups RV HookupSierra City, CA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalSierra City, CA
Primitive Camping CampgroundSierra City, CA
Convenience Store Conv StoreSierra City, CA
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