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North Coffee Creek II, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA (Jul 7th - Jul 13th 2019)

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It is no coincidence that this portion of the Klamath Mountains is likened to and named after the famous Alps of Europe. The Trinity Alps are one of Northern California's most picturesque locations. The forested mountains, valleys, and meadows of the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northwestern California offer vistas of incredible beauty, diverse scenery and limitless opportunities for solitude. If Bigfoot exists, this is certainly where he would call home.

The rugged granite peaks and ridges, permanent ice fields, pristine high mountain lakes, and fragile meadows do indeed create a true alpine setting. In the Trinity Alps can be found around one hundred remote lakes and more than fifty peaks over 7,000’ with the highest being Thompson Peak, at 9,002’. With over 585,000 acres it is the second largest wilderness in California, and among the ten largest in the United States. Access is by way of eighty-one trailheads which lead to a total network of over 600 miles of trails, each of these trails leading to unique and secluded mountain gems. The wilderness is home to several rare species wildlife as well, including the martin, fisher, northern spotted owl and Roosevelt elk. There is also black bear, black-tailed deer, and many varieties of birds. The crystal clear streams provide spawning grounds for steelhead, Coho, and Chinook salmon.

Our service project will be a follow up to the North Coffee Creek spring trip; it will incorporate more trail work and travel deeper into the Alps than the spring North Coffee Creek Project. We will be assisting the USFS with the removal of invasive weeds, trail work, and crosscut work in Coffee Creek. Our group will come in June and remove these invasive plants before they spread further throughout the Wilderness area. Pack support will be provided for camp, food and some personal gear. Work will consist of weeding along and in a drainage area. Participants will also get to engage trail work and crosscutting downed trees. Our free day will include hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing, swimming, relaxing, and soaking up this unique Wilderness area!

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from previous years projects in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in our photo gallery.

Dates

Jul 7th - Jul 13th 2019

Service Project

Weed removal, trail work, and crosscut work.

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Free Days

Hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing, and relaxing.

Accommodations

Backpacking with pack support

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Bending, digging, pulling, lifting, hiking. 5+ mile hike from the trailhead to basecamp with 2000'

Leaders

Gary German
Kathleen Worley

Equipment List

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