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Adventure of the Week: Backpacking to Gold Creek Lake

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Erik Trabka hikes along trail No. 1150 to Gold Creek Lake in August. Photo by Laura Trabka

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Laura Mazade walks through the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area on the way to Gold Creek Lake in August. Erik Trabka/Courtesy

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The trail follows the stream all the way to Gold Creek Lake. There are occasional times where hikers need to pass through the stream on the trail, but in August, the stream was low enough to keep boots dry. Photo by Laura Trabka

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Erik Trabka pulls in a brook trout from Gold Creek Lake, an 8-acre lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Photo by Laura Trabka

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Erik Trabka and dog Sadie hike along the trail No. 1150 to Gold Creek Lake earlier this month. Photo by Laura Trabka

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Erik Trabka pulls in a brook trout from Gold Creek Lake, an 8-acre lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Photo by Laura Trabka

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Gold Creek Lake ended up being a great option for first-timers looking for a backpacking trip. Camping is only allowed 1/4-mile away from the lake, however. Photo by Laura Trabka

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A few waterfalls were available for viewing along the way to Gold Creek Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Photo by Laura Trabka

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