Lakes Basin Bear Lake Loop

Beginning at the Lakes Basin general trailhead off of Gold Lake Highway in the Plumas National Forest, there are many choices for day or backpacking hikes.

A good start is the Bear Lake Loop, beginning at the parking area, the hike is approximately 4 miles round trip, with easy to moderate ascents, passing 5 beautiful glacial lakes. Many vistas, bird watching opportunities, alpine flowers and swim or fish in the lakes.

Located nine miles southwest of Graeagle, California, this recreation area has special geological features.  There is breathtaking scenery and over 20 small lakes nearby, most of which are accessible by hiking trails.  This area provices a multitude of recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, hunting, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, backpacking, swimming, windsurfing and nature study.  In the winter visitors can ice fish, snowmobile, cross-country ski and showshoe.

Take County Road 519 off of State Route 89 just out of Graeagle, California.  Proceed north approximately nine miles to campground turnoff.

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Latitude: 39.679575 Longitude: -120.641619 Elevation: 6571 ft
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Vertical Gain or Loss

Approximately 500'

Trail Distance

Approx 4 to round trip

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs on leash, bikes and horses use trail. There is a pack outfit, however, individuals may bring their horse trailers and use staging area.


Contact phone number for this feature is (530) 836-2575.

Plumas National Forest, 8/7/2019

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