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Bay Area Backcountry Buddies Message Board › Gold Lakes Area Route Recommendations?

Gold Lakes Area Route Recommendations?

Sean M.
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 28
I am interested in putting together a three day trip ~ 25mi loop in the Gold Lake area. Do you have any recommendations on trailheads and trails?

Thanks for the info!
A former member
Post #: 19
regardless of which route you take, if this is the Gold Lakes area by Sierra Butte, off of 49 and 89, there are only a couple of lakes that you can camp at, Jamison Lake, Grass Lake and I believe 2 others, 3 of which are reasonably close to one another. There is another lake I want to say NW of Jamison, that I think, off of the top of my head, may be called Smith Lake, that I think you can also camp at. This area may be one of those areas where camping at one of the car campgrounds, or if there is a free car camping area, may be a way to see more of it and still have a place to come back to since there is such limited backcountry camping. One could stealth camp, but it would be against regulations I believe.

Sean M.
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 30
Hi Michael,

Yes, I am referring to this area. Thanks for the tips. I haven't been able to find any guides that provide information on backpacking routes here. Good to hear about the locations of the backcountry camp areas. Seems like I could put together a loop passing by Lake Jamison to the PCT then back around Long Lake. I guess I will call the ranger station to get some parking and route tips to finalize a trip.

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