The Trinity Mountains are often called the Trinity Alps, both because it sounds sexier and because they remain snow-covered even during July and August, just as the Swiss Alps do. Thompson Peak is the highest in the range, with an elevation of nearly of 9,000 feet.
As you might imagine, hiking and camping are big draws here in terms of tourism. The mountains overlook Trinity Lake to the east, where you can enjoy fishing, boating, and even swimming during the warmest summer months. The nearby Trinity River is popular with kayakers and whitewater rafters. There are plenty of local outfitters who can hook you up for the more popular activities (look for a list of links at
If you dig a little deeper into the area's offerings, you'll also find things like the Coffee Creek Ranch, a 367-acre dude ranch about eight miles north of Trinity Lake. The folks there have everything from horseback riding to gold-panning expeditions, not to mention a heated pool and health spa for soothing those achy muscles at the end of the day. Square dancing is a popular after-dinner activity, too, so bring those cowboy hats. The season at Coffee Creek Ranch is from Easter through Thanksgiving. Learn more at
When you're hiking or camping in the Trinity Mountains, keep an eye out for the Trinity Alps Giant Salamander, a cryptid — or presumably extinct species — that was last reported seen in the mountains during the 1990s. It's believed to be a relative of the Hellbender, a foot-long salamander that also goes by the names devil dog and snot otter in the eastern United States.
Another interesting option in this part of the northern mountains is renting a houseboat on Trinity Lake. Trinity Alps Marina (