Alaska Lake via Gold Creek / 經黃金溪上阿拉斯加湖

Our visit to Alaska Lake by Alaska Mountain allowed us to see the Gold Creek Valley. It was also a great place to seek much-needed solitude. But best of all, we finally got a break from the rain.

Alaska Lake below the Pacific Crest Trail
Alaska Lake Below Pacific Crest Trail

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Alaska Lake at a Glance

Access: Gold Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: 12.5 miles
Elevation Range: 2600′-4230′
Gear: microspikes
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Gold Pond

Apart from the beautiful weather, the snow condition today was also excellent. So I decided to check out Alaska Lake near the head of the long Gold Creek Valley.

I parked the car at the Gold Creek Trailhead by the lovely Gold Pond. Then we proceeded to walk up the road by the cabins through snow patches. Later more snow showed up at the starting of the trail.

Gold Creek Pond south view
Gold Creek Pond south view

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Gold Creek Valley

We weaved around the trees on parts of the trail free of snow. So snowshoes stayed on my pack. Views we’re minimal in the forest. But later, the landscape widened as we went out into the meadow.

To the west, massive down trees came off the eastern slope of Point 5441. Then on the east, beautiful waterfalls plummeted from the west face of Alta Mountain.

Gold Creek Basin
Gold Creek Basin

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Alaska Lake with Views

With a consistent snowpack, I kept the snowshoes on my back. But we were able to scramble the rest of the way without postholing much. We arrived at the serene lake at 1000′ elevation later.

The lake was quite the gem. It was also very calm. I wondered how often people make their way up into this lake basin. But to me, it didn’t look like the spot to party without a beaten path.

Valley views below Alaska Lake
Valley views below Alaska Lake

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