Bastille Day Sale! Get a year of AllTrails Pro for only €14.99
Get Started

Best trails in Trinity Alps Wilderness

1321 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Trinity Alps Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 53 great hiking trails, trail running trails, backpacking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 28 hard trails in Trinity Alps Wilderness ranging from 8.7 to 63.9 km and from 833 to 2,724 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Formerly known as the Salmon-Trinity Alps Primitive Area, the Trinity Alps Wilderness is located 50 miles west of Redding California. The area contains the Wild and Scenic Trinity River in the south and the Wild and Scenic Salmon River in the north. Numerous rushing streams feed into these rivers, many of them emerging from the region's 55 lakes. Scattered stands of timber, most of them virgin, are opened by large meadows with wildflowers in July and August, and shadowed by barren rock cliffs and stark peaks with elevations up to 9,000 feet. Black bears are common (despite the name, they're often colored brown or blond), sharing the area with an abundance of other wildlife species. As much as 12 feet of snow falls on the high country every year. Currently the entire Wilderness (one of the state's largest) is situated on, and managed solely by, the USFS. The Trinity Alps Wilderness contains a total of 550 miles of maintained trails. Numerous loop hikes are available, requiring three to five days to complete. Seventeen miles of the Pacific Crest Trail run through the northern part of the wilderness. There are many areas within the wilderness capable of providing opportunities for solitude.

Show more
Map of trails in Trinity Alps Wilderness
Park information
Park hours
Monday
All day
Tuesday
All day
Wednesday
All day
Thursday
All day
Friday
All day
Saturday
All day
Sunday
All day
Contact
530-623-2121
Helpful links
Top trails (53)
#1 - Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(269)
Length: 26.9 km • Est. 8 h 44 m
Canyon Creek Lakes Trail is a 26.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Junction City, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#2 - Stuart Fork Trail to Emerald and Sapphire Lakes
Trinity Alps Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(203)
Length: 49.9 km • Est. Multi-day
Stuart Fork Trail to Emerald and Sapphire Lakes is a 49.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail Show more
#3 - China Gulch Trail to Grizzly Lake
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(83)
Length: 29.0 km • Est. 10 h 50 m
This is a popular and scenic trail that can be very crowded during the summer months. Can be done as a very long and strenuous day hike, but most split up the miles into 2-3 days as a backpacking tripShow more
#4 - Caribou Lakes Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow Star(67)
Length: 30.6 km • Est. 10 h 31 m
Caribou Lakes Trail is a 30.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forks of Salmon, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of actiShow more
#5 - Granite Lake via Swift Creek Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(97)
Length: 15.6 km • Est. 5 h 18 m
Rated as a moderate, Swift Creek to Granite Lake is challenging with a constant incline throughout. From the trailhead to Granite will run roughly a 2.5 hour mark. ~1 mile after the bridge you’ll neeShow more
#6 - Big Bear Lake via Bear Creek Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(37)
Length: 13.4 km • Est. 5 h 16 m
Users have suggested turning onto Bear Creek Loop on the northern entrance from Route 3, where you will see a sign for "Bear Creek Trailhead".Show more
#7 - Alpine Lake Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(26)
Length: 24.8 km • Est. 9 h 8 m
Take this scenic detour off the popular Stuart Fork Trail to reach a lake that gets much less traffic than the star attractions further up the main drainage. Free wilderness permit required for overniShow more
#8 - Lake Anna Trail
Trinity Alps Wilderness
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(20)
Length: 16.7 km • Est. 6 h 52 m
Lake Anna Trail is a 16.7 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#9 - Boulder Lakes
Trinity Alps Wilderness
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(55)
Length: 6.3 km • Est. 2 h 9 m
Boulder Lakes is a 6.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activShow more
#10 - Swift Creek
Trinity Alps Wilderness
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(23)
Length: 29.1 km • Est. 9 h 50 m
Swift Creek is a 29.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
Showing results 1 - 10 of 53