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Gold Lake Trail Network

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

This is a fun, technical advanced ride! This is 90% single track and not for novices! Park at the Gold lake boat ramp and ride around Gold Lake on the south side to the west on a fun and rocky OHV road. When the road ends on the backside of the lake take the road up towards the ridgeline. You will climb this OHV road for about 1,200 vertical. Its long, steep but all rideable. When you get to the top of the ridge make a right onto the single track. This is a ripping piece of single track (Perfect Cycling Trail). At the next junction (you will see a sign w/a map) bare right and go down the hill into the basin. Hold on b/c this is a fun technical, rocky single track with lots of drops! When you get to the next trail junction make a left and go around Round Lake (a bit of walking is needed). When youre back on your bike keep ridding the single track that goes around all the different lakes. At this point you can go in a number of a different directions and make the ride as long as you want!
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Latitude
39.67085993056365
Longitude
-120.66747665405273
Trail Directions
From Truckee: take 89 north to Sierraville. Make a left onto 49 South. Take 49 to Bassetts (17 miles). Make a right onto Gold Lake Highway, go ~7 miles and park at the gold lake boat ramp on the left.
Trail Length
10 - 30 miles
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Bassetts
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mschocket ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If your in excellent physical shape youcan ride up the steep fire road to summit lake but it's hard to ride nonstop a few rests and its fine, once at the top you can go down to downiville or take the fire roads to the A tree I would recommend reuring unless you have someone that can pick you up in grayeagle otherwis riding up to Gold is stuff and boring.

Recommended Route:
stay on the ridge

Other recommended trails in the same area:
mills peak



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Review Date
August 27, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bergie

Summary:
I hope you like walking over granite shards, 'cause that's what you'll be doing a lot of. Too much of the trail is unrideable and the parts that are are not worth the effort it takes to get there. Oh, it should also be pointed out that the PCT (i.e. the Pacific Crest Trail) is very well marked with "NO BIKING" signage. Keep riding on it and you may find out just how much more political clout the hikers have over mountain bikers. Stunning views and good swimming keep me from totally disliking this place. (And, seriously, bring a map)

Recommended Route:
I guess the best route is from Gold Lake, around it and up to the other lakes in the area. ("Recommended" is used loosely here.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Geez, just go do Downieville



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Review Date
July 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Santa Cruz Rider , from santa cruz, CA

Summary:
These trails are not for beginners or beginner intermediate ridders. You need to be an advanced rider or better, but if you are you will love these trails! I have been ridding here for a few years and as I learn the network it continues to get better and better. The trails are full of rocks, drops and roots. Some parts you will need to go very slow and pick your way through obstacles that are like threading a needle while dropping 2 feet at the same time. On other parts you will be peddling very hard while leaning into the turns and ripping through the forest. I went down a few times but it was all very worth it b/c these trails are sick and fun! Enjoy the views, you will have a new one at every turn.

Recommended Route:
Camp on Gold Lake and ride from Gold Lake lodge (up the road a bit) to Round lake then to Long lake and on to some of the other lakes. BRING A MAP! This place is big and it is easy to get lost and exhausted. It will get cold most nights so don't get lost after dark b/c you will be alone with the bears ;)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Emigrant trail in Truckee, Chimney Rock, Big Boulder



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Review Date
July 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mikeb , from Sodom in the North

Summary:
these trails are hard. if your technical skills are average (like mine) you'll find yourself walking a lot on these trails. due to the fact that these trails are'nt for everyone, i can only give this trail network three tires. if you have a difficult time riding up and over really steep, rocky terrain (you have to see these trails to even begin to understand what i'm talking about) stick to the other better-known rides in the area.

Recommended Route:
camping is available near the trailhead. there's a really cool drive in campsite in this area in which you can set your tent up on some sort of old foundation with the whole castle-like thing around it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
no, not at all. duh!



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Review Date
July 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Focker , from San Francisco

Summary:
Aaron did a good job, bring a map. Ask Greg at Yuba in Downieville for more details.

Recommended Route:
Endless singletrack

Other recommended trails in the same area:
big boulder, Butcher Ranch, Polley Creek



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