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Warm days and cool nights create perfect conditions for growing wine grapes in Trinity County’s remote mountains and river valleys where vineyards dot the landscape and local wineries are producing a wide variety of award-winning wines. Read more

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Campgrounds abound in Trinity County, offering a wide range of experiences from primitive areas well off the beaten path to easily accessed sites with piped water and toilets. Read more

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Paddlers seeking a challenging ride, a serene afternoon float, or a bit of both need look no further than the Trinity River for some world class adventure. Read more

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We (Amy, Mike and I) were excited to get out in the wilderness one last time before the predicted Thanksgiving snow. We like Adams Lake in the winter; it’s a short hike for short days. Read more

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All season long we had been looking forward to a two-night backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps in early August. But, as sometimes happens, life got in the way and we three found ourselves planning a day trip. Our big question was where to hike for a day that wasn’t too rugged and where we c… Read more

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We hadn’t seen each other in weeks so it was with much glee that we realized we could both get away from our respective responsibilities for a couple of hours together last Saturday. So, where to go with only three hours? When you’re hiking with a best friend, any space is sacred space, but … Read more

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We’re big fans of the Weaver Basin Trail System, so we enthusiastically headed out to do our part for the trail workday. Read more

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We pondered and plotted the hike to Alpine Lake for a long time. When your top speed on flat ground is 2 mph, a certain amount of cunning is needed to avoid hitting the last three-plus miles climbing 2,600 feet in the glare of the afternoon sun. Read more

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Lots going on here. A mountain bike rider sets out for a ride on the Weaver Basin Trail System as a paraglider who took off from Weaver Bally comes in for a landing on Saturday, Nov. 17. Read more

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One of our hiking buddies had hiked to Lilypad Lake without us the previous week. Humph. Full of lilypad envy and determined not to be outdone, we set off for the lake one day in late June. Warned about the overgrown road, we took pruners and did quite a bit of lopping to make it to the trai… Read more

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Hiking up Swift Creek is like going home. I have trekked up the trail over and over again in different seasons, different weather, different moods and with different friends. By this time, the trail is part of the fabric of me. I recognize every tree, anticipate every meadow, and have favori… Read more

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Even though I grew up here, I didn’t start hiking in the Trinity Alps Wilderness until about eight years ago. It’s hard to believe now, when my life is so woven into the wilderness, that a mere decade ago I had never passed a wilderness sign, lounged in a mountain meadow, or enjoyed an alpine lake. Read more

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A hat full of water from a mountain stream is just what’s needed to cool off during a hike in the summer temperatures. Cathy Anderson takes a moment to cool off on a hot day at Little Deep Creek on the Stuart Fork Trail in the Trinity Alps Wilderness during a backpacking trip over the weeken… Read more

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Almost everyone goes left. I, however, in my quest for solitude, habitually go right. And so I found myself in early June standing with my hiking buddy Mike at the fork 1.2 miles up Swift Creek Trail excitedly veering left. It had been an unexpected Friday-morning summer-miracle that there w… Read more

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We were giddy with anticipation as Memorial Day weekend and thus our first backpack of the season approached. Two friends, Susie and Jane, would be joining us for the Friday to Sunday trip. This was Jane’s first ever backpack so that made the planning even more special. We had new gear to br… Read more

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It was time for my annual break-in-the-boots, brush-off-the-dust, late spring trek up to Stonewall Pass. My hiking buddy Mike happened to be dog-sitting for a friend so the three of us headed up Stoney Ridge Trail in the Trinity Alps Wilderness; me, Mike and a dog named One. We had the trail… Read more

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On a sunny Sunday in early January we headed up to Poison Canyon in the Trinity Alps Wilderness hoping to hike to Lilypad Lake. We had reservations about the road to the trailhead, knowing that when it traversed to the north side of the ridge we could be stopped by snow. But the road was sno… Read more

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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. Read more

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Right around Halloween, the arduous climb to the top of Mount Eddy gets feasible. Not easy — but late enough in the hiking season to avoid heat stroke, early enough to steer clear of hypothermia. Read more

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As the rain fell and thunder boomed early this morning (Thursday, Sept. 7), hopefully helping and not exacerbating our local fires, I cringed and thought of my backpacking experience earlier this summer. Read more

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My parents and I decided to take our horses for a trail ride July 31 on the loop that connects Big Gulch Lake and Trail Gulch Lake, located near Forks of Salmon in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Read more

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One of my favorite Trinity County backpacks during June and July is the northern part of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. It is the southern boundary of the Klamath Province and has all the beauty of the Trinity Alps on a smaller scale, but hardly any people because of its remoteness.   Read more

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Toward the middle of July my brother and his two boys joined me for a trek into Caribou Basin, home of the Upper and Lower Caribou and Snowslide Lakes. The trail is also part of the Bigfoot Trail, a 360-mile route through the Klamath Mountains featuring the second-highest level of conifer biodiversity in the world.  Read more

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Union and Landers lakes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness have their differences. Union is relatively easy to get to and has a lot of greenery around it. Landers, cupped high amongst some rocky pinnacles, doesn’t get a lot of inflow and often has a moonscape appearance. Read more

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There are many reasons to hike up the Stoney Ridge Trail, so we find ourselves doing this day hike into the Trinity Alps Wilderness several times each summer. In mid-June we decided to take a challenging hike to a marvelous tree in Red Mountain Meadow that we call The Lunch Tree. It was predicted to be over 100 degrees but we pictured ourselves lounging under the Lunch Tree in a meadow while staring at peaks and, umm, yes, eating lunch.  Read more

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The Trinity Lakeshore Trail runs along the west side of Trinity Lake. It is captured between the lake and the campgrounds, so there are no long climbs, more like a roller coaster. The four-mile multi-use trail is an out and back so you may turn around when you feel the need. Read more