The Trinity Alps Wilderness, located just northwest of Redding, is a gorgeous mountain range providing backpackers with stunning views, pristine high-alpine lakes and unmatched wilderness isolation. It’s the perfect place for an outdoor adventure in the fall months – just ask Outside Magazine.
Releasing their list of 7 Favorite Fall Backpacking Trips, Outside Magazine featured the wilderness utopia of the Trinity Alps, highlighting it as one of the best fall backpacking adventures in the country. Here is what they had to say about it:
The Trinity Alps, between the Coast Range and the Cascades in Northern California, is a haven for backpackers, thanks to its 525,000 acres of rugged wilderness and some 550 miles of trails, including a section of the Pacific Crest Trail. In fall, you’ll avoid the pesky mosquitos that swarm the region in midsummer. If you’d like a guide, Wild Beginnings Adventure Co. leads a 15-mile, two-night trip ($375) from the Boulder Lakes trailhead in early October and will provide meals and camping gear.
Of course, we’ve been telling people about the wonders of the Trinity Alps Wilderness for years. We’ve told you about great destinations to hike to like Shimmy Lake, Tangle Blue Lake and Northern California’s best-kept secret – Grizzly Falls. There is just so much to explore in the wilderness.
Outside Magazine’s list also included great destinations across the country like Rock Island State Park (Wisconsin), Grand Gulch Primitive Area (Utah) and the North Cascades (Washington). Here is why Outside thinks you should plan your backpacking adventures for the fall months:
If you tend to put away your camping gear for the long haul as fall rolls around, you’re missing out on one of the best backpacking seasons. Why? Because in autumn, the heat, mosquitos, wildfires, and vacation crowds have all died down, and you stand a chance at having fall foliage, butterfly migrations, and meteor showers all to yourself.
We’re glad that the Trinity Alps is getting its due for being one of the best wilderness destinations in the country. Meanwhile, Northern California as a whole remains one of the best destinations in the world for pristine wilderness adventures.