Off the Beaten Path: Trinity Alps Wilderness

June 1, 2013 by


You’ve heard of Yosemite and Redwood, but have you heard of Trinity Alps?

Get off the beaten path and visit a quieter, less crowded wilderness this summer.

Trinity National Forest is located in northern California, east of Eureka. Despite being a lesser known park name, it is the largest federal park in California, encompassing over 2 million acres of wilderness area, mountain lakes, streams and rivers.

They also boast a unique abundance of vegetation, influenced by moist lower elevations and dry high elevations.

Trinity is home to the largest man-made lake, and the famous Mt. Shasta (14, 179ft), as well as miles of hiking trails, mountain biking, rock climbing, boating, fishing, and camping.

The National Forest is great for those seeking a more secluded outdoor vacation. History buffs will be intrigued by the many gold mine relics, and geology buffs by the abundance of glacial cirques and lakes.

Plan your next backpacking trip or family camping adventure here and skip the crowded trails at other more popular parks.

Visit Shasta-Trinity National Forest for more information.

Photo Source: Jeffrey Pang

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