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Trinity Alps Wilderness

Trinity County, Trinidad, California 95570 USA

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“California's second largest wilderness area”

Chiseled granite peaks and alpine lakes dot the Trinity Alps Wilderness, with elevations from 2,000 feet in creek drainages to 9,000 feet at summits. Shasta and Trinity Lakes are two of the three Forest Service managed lakes in the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, offering houseboating, water skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. The Trinity River, between Junction City and Cedar Flat is the focal point for whitewater activities although the Sacramento River, above Shasta Lake is also quite popular.  Flatwater kayakers and canoeists find great water for their sports on Lewiston, Castle and Siskiyou Lakes. McCloud Lake, located east of Mt. Shasta, is well known for it's fishing opportunities, as is Iron Canyon Reservoir which is located north east of Shasta Lake. The second largest wilderness area in California, the Trinity Alps Wilderness nearly doubled in size by the 1984 California Wilderness Act.  In that same year, it was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System.  It currently has over 600 miles of trails and embraces over 500,000 acres of land.  Chiseled granite peaks and alpine lakes dot the Trinity Alps Wilderness, with elevations from 2,000 feet in creek drainages to 9,000 feet at summits. This wilderness offers many different trails ranging from 1.5 miles to 15 miles at varying levels of difficulty. Current Conditions: Open all year, this 517,000 acre wilderness changes along with the seasons. No fee for the use of the area, but a Trinity Alps Wilderness Permit and a California Campfire Permit are required for the use of the area.  Both of these permits are issued at no cost to the visitor. Wilderness permits and campfire permits are required before entering the wilderness. Campfire permits are needed for the operation of a backpacking stove or camp stove.

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August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Whatever i may write about Trinity Alps still won't be enough to fully describe the wide range of feelings that i felt while i spend 5 days there during end of August.

Well, Trinity Alps is the second largest wilderness area in California and a proper paradise for hikers, backpackers, nature enthusiasts and a great school for children to be taught in a direct fun way the greatness of nature. If someone loving mountain landscapes would have a scenery in his mind, then it would definitely be this place!

With altitudes ranging from 2,000 ft. - 9,000 ft, there are numerous trails ranging from 1.5 to 15 miles for any kind of hiker, whether him be amateur or professional. It is a great opportunity to take your family with you and for a week or so to spend serene moments surrounded by uniquely beautiful natural landscapes. 600 miles of trails await you to discover one of the best natural places in the USA!

We stayed at a nice campground in Pinewood Cove Resort. This place is great to stay and have fun with various water sports, such as canoe and kayak which you can rent and explore the beautiful lake.

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April 12, 2019
Rated 5.0

One of the most beautiful remote spots in California.

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Trinity Alps Wilderness

Trinity County
Trinidad, California
95570 USA


Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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