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Beyers Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 5,500 Feet (1714.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,640 Feet (511.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,140 Feet (2225.7 Meters)
Length, One-way: 6.25 Miles (10.42 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Cisco Grove & English Mountain

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General Description

Beyers Lakes Trail is a more difficult 6.25 mile trail at an elevation of 5,500 feet. From Meadow Lake, a four-wheel-drive trail proceeds west toward Baltimore Lake. At a point about 1.5 miles west of Meadow Lake the four-wheel-drive trail ends, with a good view of French Lake to the north. A foot trail descends across a rocky hillside toward Baltimore Lake, which lies in a heavily timbered basin. There are a number of good campsites and fishing is generally very good.

The trail leaves Baltimore Lakes and climbs over a saddle for a gentle descent into the Beyers Lakes area, a group of four lakes in a rocky landscape with a border of fir trees. From this point the trail continues west to its junction with the Grouse Ridge Trail.

Directions from Nevada City: Travel east on Hwy. #20 for approximately 22 miles to Hwy. #80. Travel on Hwy. #80 east for 2 miles and take the Eagle Lakes turn off. Parking is at the Indian Springs OHV Trailhead. With a 4 WD vehicle it is a 1.5 mile drive to Eagle Lakes where Grouse Ridge Trail begins. Take Grouse Ridge Trail 1.5 miles to Beyers Lakes Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jim
Time of Day: Mid-day
Length of Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Most of the elevation gain is in 2 miles of the trail. The rest is rolling and relatively easy. Beyers Lake is a beautiful place to camp and the fishing is excellent. The trail is very rocky and sturdy boots should be worn. We encountered biting flies that were horrible, but, they are only out for a few weeks in the summer. They were only on the trail and not at Beyers Lake??
Conditions: Rocky and 2 very steep miles of trail. Mix of shade and exposed trail. Biting deer flies.
Water Availability: Water at Fordyce Creek, a small creek and Beyers Lake.
Recommended Clothing: Long Pants for Deer Flies. Shoes for baseball to soccer ball sized rocks. The weather was hot in July.
Suggested Accessories: Fishing pole, but, release the fish back.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Camping is available near Baltimore Lake.
ICON Fishing Fishing is available in the lakes along this trail.
ICON Hiking & Walking Beyers Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Beyers Lakes
ICON Mountain Biking Mountain biking is available on this trail.
ICON Viewing Scenery Nevada City Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Nevada City Ranger District

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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