Trinity County is located in the remote mountains of Northern California, bordered to the east by the northern Sacramento Valley, and to the west by California's Redwood Coast.
Visitors coming from the San Francisco Bay area have two options: Drive north on Interstate 5 to Redding, then turn west on California State Route 299, the Trinity National Scenic Byway. Weaverville, the County seat, is approxinately 45 miles west of Redding, or about a one-hour drive. Highway 299 West, from Redding to Arcata, has been designated the "Trinity National Scenic Byway." Call the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce to request a brochure.
The other option is to take Highway 101 North to Arcata in Humboldt County, then turn east on Highway 299. The Trinity County line near Salyer is a 46-mile drive, and lies just beyond Willow Creek.
Travelers coming from Oregon and other points north on Interstate 5 can take Highway 3 at Yreka, entering the northern end of the county over Scott Summit. This route offers wonderful views of the Trinity Alps Wilderness as well as quick access to the resort areas of Coffee Creek and Trinity Lake. Highway 3 has been designated the "Trinity Heritage National Scenic Byway." (Request a brochure from the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce.)
Visitors to the Mad River and Ruth areas in southern Trinity County will take Highway 36, either from Red Bluff along Interstate 5, or at Alton, just south of Fortuna on Highway 101. Views are spectacular.