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Gold Lake


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Sacramento Valley Hiking Conference

 

 

 

 

 mi-eq

hike name

best season

but not if snow below

edition

  length &
elevation gain

Short hike

5.0

Bucks Creek  loop

 Jun-Oct

5500'

 2005-8

4.5 mi   250

5.7

Lakeshore Trail shuttle

 Jun-Oct

5500'

 2008

4.9 mi   400

5.8

Rock & Gold Lakes up-and-back

 Aug-Oct

6500'

 2008

 4.4 mi  700   

Easy Dayhike
(none)

Moderate Dayhike

10.0 Spanish Pk from Silver Lake up-and-back  Aug-Oct 7000' 2008 7.2 mi   1400
12.4 Spanish Pk from Bucks Summit up-and-back  Aug-Oct 7000'  2008 9.4 mi  1500

Challenging Dayhike or overnight

19.8 Right Hand Branch loop   Aug-Oct 7000' 2005-8 15.5 mi   2150

Uber Dayhike  or overnight

23.8 Bucks Big Loop  Aug-Oct 7000'  2008 17.8 mi  3000

Generally there is snow from November 1 through May or June.
October is often perfect, but check the forecast for storms.
Mosquitos are usually worst in July, while flowers are best in July and August.
Bears are plentiful, but usually no problem since they are hunted here.
Cattle are frequent on Bucks Big Loop and less so on Right Hand Branch hike.

mi-eq = mile-eqivilent = miles + elevation gain/500'