Photo Credit Erik Meldrum
Forks of the Salmon
One of the most remote & biologically intact watersheds left inside California. The headwaters of the Salmon River flow from the Trinity Alps, Marble Mountains, and the Russian Wilderness Areas. 850,000 acres of Wilderness surrounding the Salmon River watershed.
You gotta know how to read a map if you wanna find this hidden gem. For those who love seclusion! This NorCal river region is a prime destination for true nature lovers: campers, hikers, fishermen, river rafters, river kayakers, mountain bikers, backpackers, birdwatchers and horse enthusiasts. Summer is the busiest time and of course, the best weather. The remainder of the year, you’ll basically have the place all to yourself. Winters can be wet and sloppy, so don’t get stuck in the mud. Cell phone reception is minimal in these densely forested backwoods.
Rafting, river beaches, kayak spots. Campground camping, RV camping, tent camping, primitive and wilderness too.
A significant part of the Klamath River’s watershed is in the Karuk Tribe’s Ancestral Territory. Karuk Indians have carefully managed their lands through an integrated continuum with the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem functions for thousands of years. Salmon, or “Ama” in the Karuk language, was a major source of food and spiritual renewal.
Forests & Parks along Salmon River:
Mountains of Northern California / NorCal Mountain
Shasta Trinity National Forest
Dunsmuir, Lewiston, Mount Shasta, Trinity Center
Beautiful park setting @ Lee Fong Park, in historic Weaverville, CA
Klamath National Forest
Happy Camp, Weed, Yreka
Modoc National Forest
Trinity River Camping, Douglas City, CA
Beautiful park setting @ Lee Fong Park, in historic Weaverville
Historic Weaverville’s Car Show
Weaverville Chamber of Commerce & E Clampus Vitus (ECV #62) present NorCal’s summertime CarShow in Weaverville, a highlight of the Trinity River region. This classic auto display is held at a beautiful small town location & it’s been running for years. Event festivities spread out between the SuperMarket parking lot and Lee Fong Park, near downtown Weaverville, California; Camping & fishing are superb in these forests at this time of year. Make a long weekend of it!
Enjoy raffle prizes, Clamper breakfast, raffles, vendors, VFW Tri-Tip Lunch, Music, Shuttle Service to Historic Downtown Weaverville beginning 10 am Saturday.
This auto show event may have been previously referred to as “Car Show in The Park”
Annual event; August
Trinity Alps Wilderness Campgrounds
Trinity Alps Wilderness
campgrounds near Trinity trailheads –
camping Highway 3:
- Horse Flat Campground, near Eagle Creek trailhead
- Eagle Creek Campground @ Hwy, near Stoddard Lake & Eagle Creek trailhead
- Goldfield Campground, near Boulder Creek trailhead
- Big Flat Campground (via Coffee Creek Road #104)
- Preacher Meadow Campground @ Hwy, near Swift Creek trailhead
camping Highway 299:
- Ripstein Campground, near Canyon Creek trailhead
- Hobo Gulch Campground, on Road #34N07
- Hayden Flat Campground, near Big French Creek & Green Mountain
- Denny Campground, near Jim Jam Ridge, East Fork & New River; Way out west
- Groves Prairie Campground, near Grizzly Camp trailhead
- Happy Camp Campground, near Grizzly Camp trailhead
camping Highway 96:
- Tish Tang Campground, near Tish Tang trailhead
- Box Campground, near Red Cap Lake, Bear Hole & Mill Creek Lake
- Klamath Riverside Campground @ Hwy, near Salmon Summit
camping Salmon River (Cecilville Road #1C02):
NorCal Topographic Maps – Trinity Map
Shasta Trinity National Forest Map
Pacific Crest Trail Map #6 (Shasta Cascades)
Trinity Alps Wilderness Map
outdoor destinations also nearby –
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NorCal Mountains – Trinity Alps Wilderness
North of Weaverville & Lewiston, about 10 miles
West of Trinity Lake & Redding, CA
Headwaters of the Trinity River & the Salmon River
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Thompson Peak – 9002′ elevation
Trinity Mountain – 6094′
Granite Peak – 8091′
Trinity is NorCal’s jewel of alpine lakes and granite peaks – many above 8000′ elevation, about 40 miles inland from the ocean. Trinity is located in between the infamous redwood coast and the I-5 corridor. Rivers, creeks, lakes, and trails into the high elevations regions, bqckpackers and equestrian campers alike.
Hiking trailheads are accessed from all sides -On the east side you have Trinity Lake & Trinity River w/ Highway 3 running lengthwise in a north-south direction. Hwy 299 runs east-west along the south side of the wilderness. Klamath River Hwy 96 lies on the west side of the wilderness. Salmon River, Scott Mountains and Cecilville are north of the alps.
Both the small Russian Wilderness & the larger Marble Mountain Wilderness are located to the north of Trinity Alps, along with rural towns near the Scott Mountains and the Salmon River. Castle Crags Wilderness is to the eastern side, near Interstate 5.
towns nearby –
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The mountainous area is quite unique, as exposed granite mountain peaks and alpine lakes are pretty rare in the coastal Cascade ranges. The only other spot in California that has an 8000′ peak nearing the coast is just north of Los Angeles – Los Padres’s Mount Abel & Mount Pinos peaks, both over 8000′ in elevation.
TRINITY ALPS TOPO MAP
The USDA map for Trinity Alps Wilderness was outta print for nearly 2 years and it has recently been updated and reprinted. New edition released in 2013 and now available at the Total Escape map store. Printed on waterproof map paper and updated in 2012.