Trinity Alps Wilderness

  

This photograph shows a lake within granite peaks typical in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.

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.

Management of the Wilderness is shared by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management. Information about this wilderness can be found at wilderness.net, a website jointly managed by the University of Montana and the four federal agencies that manage Wilderness.

Trail and Lake Information PDF

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics while in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Leave No Trace describes how to dispose of waste properly, where to travel and camp and other ways to minimize your impact on the land and your impact to other hikers.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open all year, this 517,000 acre wilderness changes along with the seasons Trail Conditions Call 530-623-2121 and listen to recorded message on “phone tree” for conditions. Also, check the Facebook Group (Trinity Alps Wilderness Pictures & Information) for “unofficial” hiker-posted conditions and photos. These are as current as is possible. Purchase a Trinity Alps Wilderness Map https://store.usgs.gov/product/116404
Operational Hours: Open year round but many trailheads may be inaccessible during winter months
Reservations: No reservations are needed, but some trailheads like Canyon Creek are very popular and parking is limited.  Please plan ahead and we encourage you to visit less busy areas during summer weekends, especially holiday weekends.
Fees No fee for the use of the area
Permit Info: To stay overnight in the Trinity Alps, you will need both a wilderness permit and a campfire permit. These are available at outdoor “kiosks” located at the Weaverville Ranger Station (360 Main St) and Fire Stations (Mule Creek & Coffee Creek off Hwy 3 AND Junction City & Big Bar off Hwy 299). Campfire permits are also available online at www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/

Campfire restrictions may be in place so please check before you go!
Open Season: Jan - Dec
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Groups are limited to 10 persons.  Campfire restrictions may be in place so please check before you go! Wilderness travel is limited to foot or horseback.  NO gliders, drones, bicycles, motorized vehicles or mechanized equipment of any kind are allowed within the wilderness areas. Wheelchairs are allowed. Please familiarize yourself with Leave No Trace Ethics by taking this awareness course before your trip.
Closest Towns: Weaverville
Water: Please filter all natural water sources
Restroom: Please dispose of human waste properly
Information Center: Weaverville Ranger Station
360 Main Street
P.O. Box 1190
Weaverville, Ca  96093
(530) 623-2121

General Information

General Notes:

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics while hiking or horseback riding in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. 


Parking:

Parking areas can fill on summer weekends, especially holiday weekends.  Please do not block others or any gates, driveways or roadways.  Plan ahead and either avoid the wilderness on busy days or make sure you get there early in the day.  Carpool with others when possible.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Backpacking

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.
Elevation desc2,000 - 9,000 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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Hunting

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Nature Viewing

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