Gold Lake
Pacific Crest Trail Section #117

Located 16.0 miles from Portola, California

4 Stars
21,322 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #117) has a maximum elevation of 7,481 ft (2,280 m), a minimum elevation of 6,773 ft (2,064 m), and an elevation gain of 22,821 ft (6,956 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,32210.0 mi6,773 ft7,481 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs0.022,821 ft30,174 ft
[ B to A ]
3.6 hrs0.230,174 ft22,821 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117 is 10.0 mi (16.2 km) or 21,322 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Gold Lake Topo Maps

Download free Gold Lake topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Blue Nose Mountain, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Johnsville, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Blairsden, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Mount Fillmore, CA
  5. Topo Map: Gold Lake, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Clio, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Downieville, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Sierra City, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Haypress Valley, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #117?

Yes, and it's free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #117 is located on the Gold Lake topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

PCT117T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Pacific Crest Trail Section #117, provided by the National Weather Service. (



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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