Exploring the Underworld of Humboldt County’s “Murder Mountain”

Deep in the wilderness of Northern California’s North Coast sits the Emerald Triangle, the world-famous location of the underground illegal marijuana industry. And amidst the legalization of marijuana in California, the area still has the reputation of a lawless, dangerous community of business and competition similar to the 1840’s Gold Rush.

Fusion TV premiered a new show on Sunday exploring the booming marijuana industry in Alderpoint, California, or what they like to call “Murder Mountain.” The series dives into the disappearance of 29-year-old Garret Rodriguez who goes missing in the area.

Murder Mountain preview

“His disappearance and the events surrounding the investigation into his whereabouts threaten to expose a wild, lawless place, and will forever change the local community,” said Fusion TV on their website.

Fusion released a trailer of Murder Mountain: Welcome to Humboldt County, which some locals see as a tabloid style exploitation of the area. See the trailer:


The post offers the tagline, “Welcome to Murder Mountain, a secretive and surreal corner of America with a deadly history,” in which the North Coast Journal sarcastically described as “Not sensational at all.”

The six-part docuseries also explores Humboldt’s marijuana farms — both legal and illegal — and provides a glimpse into what it takes for an outlaw farmer to cross over to the legal market. From describing the history of marijuana in the area to the current role of “trimmigrants”—people from out of town who come to work the harvest—, “Murder Mountain” unravels a place of incredible natural beauty, where marijuana has become the dominant local industry.

While the docuseries seems to provide some context into the otherwise unknown world of Northern California’s marijuana industry, locals hope that it doesn’t shine a negative light on an otherwise peaceful and happy community.

The show plays on Sunday nights on Fusion TV at 10 PM.

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  1. Maybe bigfoot finally learned how to use social media. Lured people to Humboldt with promises to riches in medical mj. Then he ate them.

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