Lakes Basin Lodges

Hikes in the Lakes Basin



Lakes Basin Trail Map

The Lakes Basin Recreation Area is filled with trails to hike and lakes to sit by.  You can visit the area for a week and find a new place to explore each day.  The trails are not difficult and the mileage between the lakes is very small, so in a day's walk you can visit several lakes.  One of the most frequented trails is the Bear Lakes Loop which passes by four lakes in about two miles.  Even the youngest member of your hiking party can enjoy this hike.  The most strenuous hike in the area entails hiking 1,500 feet to the top of Mt. Elwell, three miles from the campground to the summit.  The view from the peak overlooks the lakes and, in the distance, you can see the Sierra Buttes.  Visit the Lakes Basin and you will return year after year, never getting tired of the beauty of this gem in the Sierra.

Elwell Lakes Lodge and Gold Lake Lodge are operated under Special Use Permits issued by the Plumas National Forest

and are equal opportunity recreation services providers