Deer Lake, along the main trail, is a beautiful lake with an unusually deep blue color and an excellent place for picnicking and fishing. As you climb up through the basin you get a panoramic view of the massive Sierra Buttes and the surrounding timbered slopes. Approximately one and one-half mile from the trailhead you will see a sign reading "Grass Lake 1/4" pointing to your right. The short detour to this small, tranquil lake is recommended. When approached quietly, deer will often be seen grazing on its shore. Another mile along the trail is Deer Lake. It is one of the few bodies of water where the wary eastern brook trout are caught.

Highlights: Panoramic views. A variety of plants, wildflowers, birds and wildlife abounds. Deer Lake, along the main trail, is a beautiful lake with an unusually deep blue color and an excellent place for picnicking and fishing.

Directions: Approximately five miles east of Sierra City on Highway 49, turn left onto Gold Lake Highway at Bassetts Station. Continue for approximately one and four-tenths mile and turn left at the bridge across Salmon Creek. Continue for about three-tenths mile and turn right onto Packer Lake Road. The trail starts approximately two miles up Packer Lake Road on the right. The trailhead is marked with a large sign reading "Deer Lake Trail 12E02." There is ample parking for vehicles and trailers in the Packsaddle camping area just opposite the trailhead.

 
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