Trinity Alps Wilderness


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

**The Middle Fire is located near the Canyon Creek Trailhead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. A Closure Order has been issued for areas potentially affected by the Middle Fire, including Ramstein Campground, Canyon Creek Trailhead, Trail 10W03, Trail 10W06, and Trail 10W08 south of Canyon Creek Falls. For the most up to date Middle Fire information please visit InciWeb at**

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, a website jointly managed by the University of Montana and the four federal agencies that manage Wilderness.

Trinity Alps Frequently Asked Questions (Update in progress, call 530 623-2121 for information)

Leave No Trace

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open all year, this 517,000 acre wilderness changes along with the seasons.  For current conditions, please contact the Weaverville Ranger Station @ 530-623-2121.
Operational Hours: Open year round
Fees 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.
Permit Info: 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.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Groups are limited to 10 persons.
Closest Towns: Weaverville
Water: None
Restroom: None
Operated By: USDA - Forest Service: Weaverville Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1190, Weaverville, Ca 96093, 530-623-21
Information Center: Weaverville Ranger Station
P.O. Box 1190
Weaverville, Ca  96093
(530) 623-2121


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