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Trinity Alps Wilderness

55 alpine lakes dot the Trinity Alps Wilderness
Location Trinity / Siskiyou / Humboldt counties, California, USA
Coordinates 41°01′00″N 123°05′10″W / 41.0166667°N 123.08611°W / 41.0166667; -123.08611Coordinates: 41°01′00″N 123°05′10″W / 41.0166667°N 123.08611°W / 41.0166667; -123.08611
Area 525,627 acres (2,127.14 km2)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management

The Trinity Alps Wilderness is a 525,627-acre (2,130 km2) wilderness area located in northern California, roughly between Eureka and Redding. It is jointly administered by Shasta-Trinity, Klamath, and Six Rivers National Forests. A very small part, 4,623 acres, is on Bureau of Land Management territory.[1] The wilderness is located in the Salmon Mountains. The high, granitic peaks of the Eastern half of the wilderness area are known as the Trinity Alps.


Flora and Fauna

As is true in the rest of Northwest California, the botanical diversity of the Trinity Alps is quite unique. The region has intrigued botanists for many years because of the predominance of the Sierran flora only 60 miles (97 km) from the Pacific Ocean.[2] Conifers common in the Sierra Nevada such as foxtail pines, lodgepole pines, western white pines, whitebark pines, ponderosa pines, red firs, and white firs are also common in the Alps along side the endemic Brewer spruce.[3]

Black bears are common in the wilderness, so use a bear bag or bear canister.


The Wilderness contains approximately 520 miles (840 km)[4] of hiking trails, including 17 miles (27 km) of the Pacific Crest Trail and 35 miles (60 km) of the Bigfoot Trail. The most popular entry points into the wilderness are from The Weaverville area around Trinity Lake or from Junction City. The route from Junction City enters Canyon Creek, the most popular trail in the wilderness. Many of the trails take several days to complete. The area also includes a great deal of small lakes.

While some of the high lakes of the Alps themselves are popular, most of the area is rarely seen. Most of the trails are in poor condition and hard to follow, so skills with map and compass are essential.

Private Land

Until recently, about 4,000 acres (16 km2) of private land (inholdings) remained within the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Purchases by the Wilderness Land Trust have reduced this amount by more than 40%.


  1. ^ Wilderness by agency
  2. ^ Ferlatte, William (1974). A Flora of the Trinity Alps of Northern California. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.  
  3. ^ Sawyer, John O (2006). Northwest California. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.  
  4. ^ Linkhart, Luther (2004). The Trinity Alps: a hiking and backpacking guide. Berkeley, CA: Wilderness Press.  

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