The Trinity Alps
What you need to know before purchasing this BAR
THIS (BAR) ROUTE IS ENTRY LEVEL, INTERMEDIATE, AND ADVANCED TERRAIN. (BAR)
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This is a 3 Day Trip with 2 nights of camping. For more information Contact IRR at 541-621-8814.
The Cost of this BAR is $125
Trinity Alps Synopsis
Coffee Creek is the northernmost community in Trinity County, and was a very rich mining center during the Great Gold Rush. Legend has it that a pack train loaded with coffee for the gold fields was washed away in a torrential flood, hence the name "Coffee Creek." Others contend that the normally crystal clear waters were colored a deep rich coffee color by the spring runoff. Either way, today Coffee Creek is a community in a spectacular mountain setting. You can get a meal here, and a tank of gas about 10 miles down the road at Trinity Lake. Coffee Creek village is the gateway to the Trinity Alps wilderness area. In the late 1800’s when gold rush fever struck and the Wintu Indians had essentially vanished, this area was a temporary home to more than 1,000 gold miners. As a young engineer, Herbert Hoover stayed in Coffee Creek at the Carrville Inn, a stagecoach–baiting stop along the California–Oregon trail. Our camp destination lies twenty miles up Coffee Creek Road at Big Flat Meadow, where a settlement of about 1,500 gold miners and support people lived in a tent city. The tales of several–pound gold nuggets are just part of the story lore that locals continue to pass along. Every year, people still spend time in the streams sluicing and panning for gold. If anyone has made a significant find he or she is keeping very quiet. In more modern times, hikers, fishermen, and hunters travel into the wilderness area to visit many of the more than 450 Alpine lakes. Many of the lakes are stocked with Brookies and, some say, Golden trout. Coffee Creek flows out of the Alps and is home to Rainbows, Brookies, and Brown trout. Deer, mountain lion, and bear are common inhabitants. The Coffee Creek area offers a great variety of fishing, hiking, photography, and scenic views!
This is a mountain fastness locked away deep in the rugged outback of northern California's Klamath Mountains; the Trinity Alps also known as Bigfoot Country are a mysterious alpine paradise that offers up some of the western United States' most spectacular, rugged and wild terrain. From unusual red peaks to vast stands of virgin timber to jagged granite turrets, the Trinity Alps are at once reminiscent of the more well known regions like the Sierra Nevada, yet are distinctly unique, with incomparable spectacles. Indeed, this is one of the great American wilderness regions. Few places offer such limitless vistas, spectacular peaks, rugged landscapes, varieties of terrain and biodiversity and sense of vastness as the Trinities. Yet, despite the superlatives, the Trinity Alps receive relatively few visitors. It is not unusual to arrive at one of the more popular destinations in the Trinities and find no one present. The unsung back country is isolation personified. However, whatever intangible qualities the Trinity Alps may have to recommend them, it is the alpine scenery, the ever seductive combination of conifer and meadow, rock and ice and the serene, siren of falling water that will define the Trinities.