Last week’s lightning storm ignited numerous fires throughout Trinity County. Many were contained at small size, but several continue to spread.
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On a Friday in late November, the Forest Service opened Canyon Creek trail north of Junction City after the long closure due to fire. And if that wasn’t enough to inspire us, the weather apps on our phones promised a warm, sunny Saturday after a cold, rainy stretch. With a recipe like that, we had to go hiking.
Early the next morning we jumped in the car and headed to Junction City. We ignored the mean, double-crossing rain clouds looming overhead.
Drive to almost any of the Trinity Alps Wilderness trailheads on a summer weekend and it’s pretty obvious. The Alps have been discovered.
Parking lots lined with cars for the more popular destinations is one telltale sign, but there are also some stats to back up the conclusion that one of California’s “best kept secrets” is out of the bag.