Destinations in the Trinity Alps

Salkow's Page on Trinity Alps Wilderness

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Located in the Shasta-Trinity , Klamath and Six Rivers National Forests in California.

The 513,100 acre Trinity Alps Wilderness is the second largest wilderness in California. The area, formerly known as the Salmon Trinity Alps Primitive Area, was nearly doubled in size by the 1984 California Wilderness Act. This rugged, isolated area consists of mountain ridges and deep canyons between the Trinity and Salmon Rivers. The area contains more than 55 lakes and streams, scattered timber stands and large meadows, barren rock cliffs and peaks.

Elevations within the wilderness range from 2,000 feet to 8,000 feet. Annual precipitation is 50 inches, including up to 12 feet of snow.

native quail

The area is accessible from mid-June to mid-October. Bears, rattlesnakes and other wildlife are plentiful. Firewood is scarce in many areas so portable stoves are recommended. At high altitudes, snow may persists well into July, like Mumbo Lake (6,102 feet)

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There are many trail into the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The most heavily used areas are Canyon Creek, Stuart Fork, Swift Creek and Grizzly Creek drainages. Less use trails are found in the areas south of Coffee Creek Road and near Little Mill, Washbasin and West Boulder lakes. Visitor permits are required for the wilderness areas. Note: Before you discount getting a wilderness permit know the following: This is an area where you can easily get to a place that is a three day hike to get back from if you car breaks down. If you hurt your ankle, and know one knows your here, may be we'll find your carcass next spring. Check with the ranger upon entering the area. Checkin on the way back out. You may or may not know of what is going on in that area. Are their logging trucks even on the weekends?

Some Trails:

The Shasta-Trinity National forest has ample camping grounds. The Salkow family has been going here over twenty eight years. The areas above Trinity Center are frequented by a small numbers hence affords peace and tranquillity. Far from commercial recreation, this area attracts more the type who wish to commune with nature.

Caution: Various wild parts of California will have people growing pot as cash crops or for recreational purposes. If you accidentally wander into a planted area, promptly and quietly leave. These a generally very remote spots such as the Marble Mountain Wilderness area(Traveling along Scotts River Road (There is no cell phone coverage in this area and NO GAS EITHER.
North Fork of the Trinity River
The grouse is one of the dumbest birds in California but handsome
Dry Fly Patterns for the area - Top Producers
see Mastering Fly Fishing
  1. Poly Wing Royal Coachman #12~#22
  2. Adams #14~#22
  3. Yellow or Gray Caddis #14~#18
  4. Mosquito #16~#22
  5. Poly Wing Deer Fly #12~#16
  6. Squirl Tail (Squirt) Caddis #14, #16
  7. Black and Cinnamon Ants #14~#16
  8. Black Knat #10~#16
  9. Bi-Visible Spider
  1. Zug Bug #10~#14
  2. Peeking Caddis #10~#14
  3. Brassie (Copper) Caddis #10~#16
Streamers (Lake)
  1. Rabbit Hair Matuka (Lake fishing) size 10 - 4 x long
Number one producer in the Trinity Alps but tied with Polypropalene wings. Click here for more. . .  Elk Hair Caddis is a good producer in the Trinity Alps in gray, blond, brown. Click here for more. . .
In North America, the most popular dry fly is the Adams. Click here for more. . .
  Very good Caddis fly nymph and an excellent produce. Click here for more. . .
Excellent producer also tied with black Ostrich Herl Head. Click here for more. . .
Good producer with nothing else is working. Click here for more . . .
The slightest wind will blow this about. Click here for more info. . .

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