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Finally found a new Hidden/Lost Lake on my list! - 7 down!

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Yesterday a bunch of us headed up to the Gold Lakes Basin in Plumas County (a longish drive; 2.5 miles from my house) to find a 'new' Hidden Lake and climb Mt Elwell, about an 8 mile hike with a 2000 ft elevation gain. We were very fortunate since the air was clear of smoke and the weather was great.

We started out on a beautiful trail going towards Smith Lake through the forest, and then turned up on the trail to Mt Elwell.


After a while (and 1000' up) we came to a couple ponds which was the point to head south about 1/4 mile to Hidden Lake - which we found with no problem! You could sure tell it was the end of the season, since the lake had dried up so much.

We had a light 'first lunch' there, and then went back to the trail and headed up to Elwell Peak.

The views from the top were awesome, with many lakes below and a great view of the Sierra Buttes.

The rest of the trip was mostly downhill, going down to Long Lake, and then along a creek with several waterfalls - unfortunately we only saw one (apparently you can see the signs for the spur trails easier coming from the other direction) but it was nice to see. Will have to go back and explore the waterfalls more some time.


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OUTDOOR-FUN 9/17/2013 11:33PM

    Great pictures! Excellent hike. I agree with ANDYLIN90: keep the camera rolling! ;) emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/17/2013 11:34:31 PM

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    Hey, DolphinKarin,
What can I say? Probably best to get a trail map of the Gold Lakes Basin Area - the trailhead is 5 miles south on Gold Lakes Road from Highway 89 ( before it reaches Graeagle) off the turnoff for Gray Eagle Lodge. Then essentially follow the route described above. Since Hidden Lake is off-trail, you need some basic map and compass skills.
Other good hikes in the basin are the Sierra Buttes and the Bear Lakes loop - both shorter hikes all on trail. It's a pretty area in the Fall.

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DOLPHINKARIN 9/14/2013 11:54PM

    Beautiful. I will have to check this out. Can you share how to find the Hidden Lake on the Roseville Area Sparkers Team?

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ALIHIKES 9/12/2013 9:57PM

    Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing your hike. the area is spectacular!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/7/2013 7:39PM

    love your pictures. I don't think I could hike that trail though. It looks a little rough. You are a hiking machine lol. Have a great day and thanks for sharing the awesome photography. Namaste, Pam

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KAYOTIC 9/7/2013 6:26PM

    Beautiful pics! We've finally had some smoke-free (or at least less smoky) days here, and I just love the Sierra blue sky...

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NANCYPAT1 9/7/2013 5:59PM

    Glad you are having fun - I love getting out in the wilderness - and viewing God's majesty and beauty.

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ANDYLIN90 9/7/2013 5:28PM

    OMG, I hope you keep hiking because I really love seeing your pictures...really gorgeous, but then you have a fabulous subject.

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