Outposts in Paradise, The Villages of Trinity County

The lifestyle of Trinity County is rural, and like rural areas everywhere, the lifestyle centers around the local community. The larger communities, like Weaverville, Hayfork, Lewiston and Trinity Center have identifiable residential neighborhoods and established business districts. Others, like Ruth, Salyer and Wildwood are less recognizable, and in fact, seem to appear suddenly, during a summer country festival, when a community meeting is called, or during emergencies when they come together to help their neighbors. Then they disappear again, as though the community had never existed. These communities center around the local country store, with its gas pumps and post office, at times a small restaurant, and always, a community bulletin board. An outpost on a winding country road, an outpost in paradise.

Less visible are those who form the community, whose homes are scattered throughout the hills or along a back road marked with an occasional cluster of mail boxes, but who always come forward whenever a sick neighbor needs firewood, when the local school or church needs volunteers, or when folks just want to get together to talk.

Whatever the makeup, each community maintains its own character, and is staunchly supported and defended by its inhabitants.

The Villages

Big Bar, Big Flat, Del Loma
Burnt Ranch/Hawkins Bar/Salyer
Coffee Creek
Denny
Douglas City
Hayfork
Helena
Hoaglin/Zenia/Kettenpom
Hyampom
Junction City
Lewiston
Mad River
Ruth, Ruth Lake
Trinity Center
Weaverville
Wildwood

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Big Bar, Big Flat, Del Loma

Rafting These riverside communities are three miles apart on Highway 299.

This area has a great reputation among rafters and kayakers for the "Pigeon Point" run, a five-mile stretch of class three whitewater. Others prefer the quiet stretches for inner tubing or swimming. Still others prefer to work the sand along the banks with their gold pans, hoping to find a bit of color. During the season, anglers fish for trophy steelhead and salmon. Some come just to enjoy the quiet. Travelers will find gas, groceries, restaurants, cabins and camping.

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Burnt Ranch, Hawkins Bar and Salyer

Burnt Ranch, Hawkins Bar and Salyer lie along the Trinity River in western Trinity County. This area is famous for Burnt Ranch Gorge, an intense class five stretch of whitewater that challenges the most experienced kayakers and rafters. Below the gorge are quiet stretches of the Trinity River that flow through sheer canyons and past warm, sunny beaches. In season, anglers pursue trophy steelhead and salmon. Groceries, gas, restaurants, rv parks, campgrounds and a bed and breakfast are available to travelers.

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Coffee Creek

Coffee Creek 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 for the 39-mile trip over Scotts Mountain toward Interstate 5.

This tiny mountain community nestled among the peaks of the Trinity Alps boasts a restaurant, school, an RV park, grocery store, several resorts and vacation rentals. Coffee Creek Road bisects the Trinity Alps Wilderness, providing easy access to trail heads that begin in the heart of the wilderness area. The area provides breathless views of the Trinity Alps, unbelievable peace, and a friendly atmosphere that welcomes visitors.

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Denny

Denny is located at the end of a narrow winding road in northwestern Trinity County. This town was established as a gold mining community on the New River. It soon became better known for its agriculture. The Dailey Ranch in Denny won a first prize for its walnuts at the Chicago World's Fair. Today, there are no services in Denny, although there is access to three trailheads into the Trinity Alps, and some folks enjoy fishing for trout in the New River. Check angling regulations before fishing.

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Douglas City

Douglas City is found at the junction of Highways Three and 299 on the Trinity River. In season, anglers fish for steelhead and salmon in the Trinity River, and pan for gold along its shore. A memorial plaque at the Douglas City BLM Campground commemorates the discovery of gold on the Trinity River in 1848. Nearby, the Moon Lim Lee Rest Area is the site of the first tourist information center established at a California rest area.

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Hayfork

Hayfork lies in the county's largest valley and hosts the Trinity County Fair, held the third weekend in August. Until recently, the Sierra Pacific sawmill was Trinity County's largest private employer. Now the U.S. Forest Service is the single most source of employment. Nearby features include the Natural Bridge and Ewing Reservoir. Visitors can find lodging in the town's single motel, at a Bed and Breakfast, and camping at the Trinity County Fairgrounds. A nearby guest ranch offers lodging in a renovated farm house, camping and tepee stays. The Farmer's Market held on Tuesdays during the summer and fall, offers fresh, locally grown produce and other agricultural products. The county's largest airport is located next to the town.

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Helena

Happy Fisherman

The Helena townsite is listed in the Registry of Historic places. Although this early Trinity County gold mining town is virtually abandoned, the shells of the former buildings can still be seen from the road. The Helena townsite is private property and trespassing is not allowed, although the buildings may be seen from the road.

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Hoaglin, Kettenpom and Zenia

These communities are located in the remote southwestern corner of the county. Although accommodations are not available, a country store at Kettenpom offers gas, groceries and propane. USFS campgrounds are located nearby. Deer and bear hunting is available on Forest Service administered lands, and private landowners offer guided pig hunting. Kettenpom Coterie, a group of artisans, produces a wide variety of arts and crafts for retail and wholesale markets.

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Hyampom

Hyampom, located on the South Fork of the Trinity River has established a reputation as the county's finest agriculture region. Hyampom's Asian pears have set the standard for California producers to follow. Travelers enjoy the South Fork National Recreational Trail, fishing and swimming in the South Fork of the Trinity River and hunting for deer and bear in the surrounding hills.

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Junction City

Junction City is located at the confluence of Canyon Creek and the Trinity River. This area offers fishing, tubing and gold panning on the Trinity River. Take time to notice the huge mounds of gravel left as tailings during the gold rush. The most popular trail into the Trinity Alps, the Canyon Creek Trail, is accessed from Junction City.

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Lewiston

Lewiston Bridge Lewiston has its own historic district along the Trinity River, with charming boutiques, rv parks, lodging and restaurants. Visit the Trinity River hatchery where salmon and steelhead are raised to enhance the sport fishery on the Trinity River. Nearby Lewiston Lake offers trout fishing, wildlife watching, lodging and camping. The Old Lewiston Peddler's Faire, held in the spring, is well-known for the arts, crafts and collectibles sold by over 200 vendors, along with food booths and music. more...

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Mad River

Mad River in southern Trinity County has groceries, gas, propane, lodging and restaurants. Herb farmers offer agricultural tours to visitors. The area is noted for organic herb farming of medicinal, culinary and floral herbs. Tours are available. Local strawberry farmers offer U-pick harvesting to the public. The Van Duzen River offers swimming, picnicking and camping. Local artists participate in the Christmas Craft Faire held every November. A local health clinic offers 24-hour emergency health care. Mad River was given its name in 1849 when a party of surveyors reached the waters after two months of near starvation.

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Ruth, Ruth Lake

Ruth offers groceries, gas, propane, camping, lodging, restaurants and a full-service marina on beautiful Ruth Lake. The Ruth Airport accommodates small planes, and nearby resorts offer shuttle service to area resorts and marinas. A full-service resort is located within walking distance of the airport. Ruth Lake is noted for fishing, waterskiing and sailing.

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Trinity Center

Trinity Center at the north end of Trinity Lake was moved twice before finally relocating to its present location. Visit the Scott Museum, rent a boat at one of the marinas, and play or fish in Trinity Lake. Visitors can enjoy one of the several restaurants, a stay in a cabin or motel near the lake, and camping at nearby campgrounds.

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Weaverville

Weaverville Weaverville is home of the Joss House State Park (a Taoist Temple built by Chinese gold miners in 1873) and the Jake Jackson Museum and Historic Park, with displays of early Trinity County life and live demonstrations of the steam-powered Paymaster Stamp Mill. Several art galleries are within a short distance. Take a walk through the Historic District, where plaques tell of the historic buildings. The Farmer's Market during the summer gives an opportunity to sample fresh, locally grown produce and other agricultural products. The annual Fourth of July Celebration is one of the best anywhere.

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Wildwood

Wildwood is located on Highway 36. Camping is available nearby at Forest Service campgrounds. These are the only services available along Highway 36 for 40 miles, until you reach Mad River.

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