Trinity National Forest

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General Information

The Shasta National Forest and the Trinity National Forest were consolidated in 1954. After that, the two forests officially became the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

The area that was once Trinity National Forest is located just to the west of Shasta National Forest and they are often coupled together into what is considered the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Together the two forests make up the single biggest forest in California.

The forest is located just north of the town of Redding. The forest is home to Mt. Shasta which is popular among people who really love a challenge. The mountain is over 14000 feet above sea level elevation at some of its highest peaks.

There are other recreational attractions in the forest such as camping and various water activities in the small lakes in streams throughout the forest.


We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

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There are endless options for hiking at Trinity National Forest. The elevation ranges from just about sea level to above 14000 feet above sea level at some mountain tops of the forest. So no matter if you like nice and scenic hikes, or multi-day, high elevation trekking, there are enough trails here to satisfy your hiking appetite.

For people who really like trekking and bushwhacking, the greater Shasta-Trinity area is home to 5 different wilderness areas: : Castle Crags, Chanchellulla, Mount Shasta, Trinity Alps and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel.

Wilderness areas are special areas designated by law. These areas are intended to preserve the original habitat of the nature and wildlife to an even stricter degree than the common parks and forests people know and visit. Since the wilderness areas are strictly protected, no motor vehicles are allowed into the wilderness areas. There is also very little trail-building work that goes on in such areas. For that reason, the trails in those areas are often barely visible, are not particularly reliable.

Often, to get into the wilderness areas, people are required to have permits or some sort of wilderness survival training.


There are many short and extremely long trails at the forest. An example of a very long trail is the Pacific Crest Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail runs through the forest and spans through 154 miles from east to west.

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Trinity National Forest was established in 1905 with the help of then president Teddy Roosevelt.

The Shasta National Forest and the Trinity National Forest were consolidated in 1954 and officially became the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.





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Camping Possibilities

The forest is abound with various camping opportunities that range from deep-wilderness camping that requires various permits, to camping at reserved campgrounds accessible by cars. There are also cabins that are available for rent for those who are looking for a slightly more luxurious form of camping.

For detail on rates and availability of various camp sites, please contact the forest representatives.

Other Information

A popular activity at the forest is scenic driving. Two popular scenic drives at the forest are Trinity Heritage and the Trinity River Scenic Byways. Scenic driving is somewhat controversial since it increases car pollution in the area that is designated to preserve a more natural state of the forest.

While some people voice their disapproval of this particular type of recreational activity, it continues to be popular because the forest is simply too big to see in its entirety if you are traveling of foot, or are limited in vacation time.

Some other recreational activities possible at the forest are hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, camping, boating, fishing, sightseeing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, picnicking, swimming, simply relaxing with family. There are a number of Winter-time activities and snowmobiling and many others.


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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: greatest view hiking

Group Description: Going hiking journey to beautiful mountain and vast lakes and see new creeks never found by any one else

Group Name: BPLrs of Humboldt

Group Description: Looking for others to hike with that are interested in lightweight/ultralight backpacking, and participate online at Backpackinglight.com 8-15 mile days. Lost Coast, King Range, Trinity Alps and beyond.

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Past Hikes

Girlfriend Get Away: Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Northern California | 45.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-23-2011

Description: Get a chance to gain a solid foundation of backpacking skills while exploring lush meadows, alpine lakes, glacier fed creeks, and awe-inspiring mountains. The hiking itinerary is manageable, so we can enjoy ourselves in this gorgeous alpine environment! Go to: http://roamthewoods.com/Trinity.html for more details or www.roamthewoods.com

Girlfriend Getaway: Lassen Volcanic National Park Week Long Backpacking Adventure | 45.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 9-17-2011

Description: Come join us for the week in Lassen National Park. The southernmost portion of the Cascade Range will be our classroom for the week. Enjoy solitude and camaraderie in a back country few wander into, while reveling in the awe-inspiring geologic features Lassen is home to. Please contact the organizer for more details or visit www.roamthewoods.com.

great oasis of views | 97.6 km away

Date: Saturday, 11-3-2012

Description: Beautiful fall trees,views and vast lakes.

Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb | 61 km away

Date: Friday, 6-7-2013

Description: The American Liver Foundation’s Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb offers a ticket to stand on the summit of the second largest volcano in the U.S. Our team trainings and fundraising program will lead you to the top with guidance, training and tools for success. From the moment you meet your climb team through the end of your Mount Shasta journey, the Liver Life Challenge Mount Shasta Climb will be an unforgettable, transforming experience for you while benefiting the those living with liver disease. Benefits of our Liver Life Challenge program include: Expert Mountain Guides. Our Mount Shasta guides have climbed, skied, explored the mountain and are the local professional choice. They are skilled climbers as well as fun and enjoyable team members who believe in providing the highest quality adventure while helping you achieve your goals. Team Trainings. Sweat it out with fellow hikers and encourage each other to reach the summit. We make climbing a team sport!. Hote ....