Shasta-Trinity National Forest

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About Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Encompassing terrain that ranges from volcanic mountains to breathtaking lakes, Shasta-Trinity National Park is California’s largest national forest. Spanning the size of Ohio (seriously!), it is truly a place to escape into the backcountry, where larger-than-life vistas are matched with the solitude that is hard to find, in our always-plugged-in, always crowded universe. It’s true: some of the most incredible spots are yours and yours alone, without another soul for miles and miles. The landscape is defined by granite peaks and cliffs, dramatic canyons and towering pinnacles, glaciers and beautiful blue jewels of lakes. Rivers, ponds and creeks dot the landscape, providing a delicious oasis for hikers and anglers alike, and miles and miles of trails and incredible scenery make it a true backpackers paradise. Delightful camps and lakes mean it’s also a great spot for family camping, as well as the abundance of shorter hiking trails perfect for an afternoon. And, oh yeah, Mount Shasta is a dormant volcano, that still actually smokes. So, that’s pretty awesome too.

Campgrounds in Shasta-Trinity

Castle Lake Campground
Just a stone’s throw below the pristine Castle Lake, lies the primitive and quaint Castle Lake...
Trinity River Campground
Cynthia
Cynthia: Mtn. lions, and snakes and bears, oh my. But the wilderness is stunning.
Denny Campground
The New River (a tributary to the Trinity River) is a well-kept secret off Highway 299. Epic swimming...
Lakeshore East Campground
For camping that isn’t really camping, check out the yurts at Lakeshore East Campground. You’ll be...
Tannery Gulch Campground
Hook, line, and sink; Tannery Gulch Campground is an angler’s Disneyland. “Dreams really do come true....
Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout
The postcard perfect Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout is perched on the rim of the largest volcano in the...
Mary Smith Campground
Phoebe
Phoebe: The sites are small and close together, especially the glamping sites. We had site #6 right on the...
Stoney Point Campground
Fariss
Fariss: We stayed at the group campsite. The worst part: It's on a hill, and there were parasites sometimes...
Fowlers Camp Campground
Fowlers Camp Campground is the most popular campground on the Upper McCloud River, meaning you best...
McCloud Bridge Campground
Set up your tent or RV along the banks of the McCloud River and absorb the scenic bliss. The...
Hayden Flat Campground
Fariss
Fariss: We've camped here in the group site. Excellent spot with river access across the road.
Ripstein Campground
Fariss
Fariss: Our favorite campsite in Trinity County. Great easy trail for hiking into the Wilderness near by.
AhDiNa Campground
AhDiNa Campground is a treat located on the lower McCloud River. World renowned trout fish’n, epic...
McBride Springs Campground
Kimberly
Kimberly : Just spent five days at McBride at the base of Mt. Shasta. My campsite had privacy, a view of the...
Deerlick Springs Campground
Faith
Faith: Historic Resort and Mineral Springs since 1883 under rehabilitation currently 2016, forestry...
Clark Springs Campground
Clark Springs Campground is located on azure waters of Trinity Lake North of Weaverville. Campsites...
Bailey Cove Campground
Maritza
Maritza: Lake Shasta is beautiful.The weather was perfect about 86 in the day and not very cold at night. We...
Minersville Campground
Wiggle your toes on the Trinity Lake’s pristine sandy beaches and take in the water-based painted...
Panther Meadows Campground
Interested in camping on a lone majestic mountain at 7500 feet? Head to Mt. Shasta to the walk-in...
Trout Creek Campground
Trout Creek Campground is located on its namesake creek in the McCloud Flats. The dispersed camping...
Harris Springs Campground
Grab your hunt’n jacket, cowboy coffee, and cooler full of the appropriate libations (don’t forget the...
Cattle Camp Campground
If you’ve never been to the Upper McCloud River canyon, you should know it’s kind of like your...
Algoma Campground
Located on the recreational bliss of the Upper McCloud River, Algoma Campground is the perfect place...
Slide Creek Campground
Slide Creek Campground is a primitive campground located on the South Fork of the Trinity River. You...
Philpot Campground
If you’re looking for a camp out to get away from it all Philpot campground outside of Hayfork could...
Big Bar Campground
Schlepp your portable bar over to Big Bar, and bathe in the waters of the Trinity River with a cold...
Bridge Camp Campground
Located out on the Stewart’s Fork of the Trinity River, Bridge Camp Campground is the perfect spot for...
Burnt Ranch Campground
Burnt Ranch Campground is in the heart of it all: the Trinity River, Bigfoot country, whitewater...
Deadlun Campground
Seabrook
Seabrook: You have the wrong picture here. I think this is from Castle Craigs. This picture with the snow and...
Hayward Flat Campground
A frequent favorite amongst Shasta-trinity National Forest campers, Hayward Campground is located...
Hirz Bay Campground
Jillian
Jillian: About 10 miles of windy roads with great views of the mountains until you reach your destination. ...
Hells Gate Campground
Ron
Ron: This campground is always so quiet and beautiful. We love the swimming holes in the Trinity River and...
Rush Creek Campground
Stretching down Rush Creek, Rush Creek Campground is shaded by Douglas fir, oak and maple trees....
East Weaver Campground
Looking to camp beneath the grandeur of the Trinity Alps Wilderness? Head to East Weaver Creek...
Shiell Gulch Campground
Shiell Gulch Campground is a primitive and remote campground that provides access into the...
Lower Jones Valley Campground
The Lower Jones Valley Campground offers a picturesque camping experience close to Shasta Lake....
Pigeon Point Campground
Ready to get on river time? Head out on the scenic Highway 299 along the Trinity River to Pigeon Point...
Gumboot Campground
Time to break in your boots at Gumboot Campground! Gumboot is located by a shallow alpine lake close...
Gregory Creek Campground
Looking to camp close to Shasta Lake and indulge in some fishing, swimming, boating, and watersports?...
Scott Mountain Campground
Scott Mountain Campground is just off the Pacific Crest Trail, near the summit of Scott Mountain, a...
Bushytail Campground
Nathaniel
Nathaniel : Great site near the lake. Fishing is great if you drive down the dock near the bridge. Campsite is...
Chirpchatter Campground
Head to Chirpchatter Campground east of Shasta Lake. These remote campsites are popular with hunters...
Horse Flat Campground
Perched amidst the sagebrush and pine trees lies Horse Flat Campground. A favorite of mountain bikers...
Tomhead Saddle Campground
Tomhead Saddle Campground is a small, secluded spot for tent campers only. Sitting to the west of...
Hobo Gulch Campground
At Hobo Gulch Campground you can really live up the hobo lifestyle. Swimming and fishing in the nearby...
Tunnel Rock Campground
Located just a stone’s throw from Trinity Lake in the expansive Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tunnel...
Big Slide Campground
Come experience the power of the Trinity, the South Fork Trinity River that is, at Big Slide...
Big Flat Campground
Nicole
Nicole: Big Flat has lots of shade and places for tent camping. Enough space for many vehicles to park. A nice...
Forest Glen Campground
With its emerald swimming holes, whitewater rapids, and trout and salmon fishery, the South Fork...
Ackerman Campground
Ackerman Campground is on the hydrophilic edge of Lewiston Lake, just feet from a freshwater oasis. A...
Ellery Creek Campground
Ellery Creek is our top pick for stellar views of Shasta Lake and the snow-capped Mount Shasta. Catch...
Alpine View Campground
Laura
Laura: Stayed here in July 2015. Great hiking nearby! The lake was nearly drained due to the drought :( We...
Pine Point Campground
Pine Point Campground is tucked away in the evergreen shaded confines of Shasta-trinity National...
Nelson Point Campground
Party hardy at Nelson Point Campground with 60 others and explore the Sacramento Arm of Shasta Lake....
Moore Creek Campground
Cozy, as in close-knit and close together--you’ll learn to love your neighbors at Moore Creek...
White Rock Campground
White Rock Campground is a partly shady camping spot in Modoc National Forest. This campground is for...
Beegum Gorge Campground
Beegum Gorge Campground is a great starting point to explore the Shasta-Trinity National Forest....
Basin Gulch Campground
Basin Gulch Campground is located in a dense wooded area within walking distance of Middle Fork...
Preacher Meadow Campground
This quiet and serene campground attracts hikers from the nearby Swift Creek Trail at the beginnings...
Mariners Roost Boat-In Campground
As its name would suggest, Mariners Roost is only accessible by boat. Situated on the Stuart Fork Arm...
Jackass Springs Campground
What’s that old adage? Don’t judge a campground by its name? Well, Jackass Springs isn’t as crummy as...
Goldfield Campground
Nestled in an open, grassy area adjacent to the forest, Goldfield Campground boasts sites for tent, RV...
Eagle Creek Campground
Pitch your tent beside the Trinity River at Eagle Creek Campground. Just a stone’s throw from Trinity...
Cooper Gulch Campground
Cooper Gulch Campground is nestled into the shores of Lewiston Lake close to the Trinity River Dam....
Clear Creek Campground
Clear Creek campground is located off the beaten path in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This...
Upper Jones Valley Campground
In the Shasta Trinity National Forest, weather and climate conditions can often change at the drop of...
Madrone Campground
If you are looking to get away from the crowds you are guaranteed success at Madrone Campground. These...
Antlers Campground
Ahh… Shasta Lake, Northern California’s house boat’n mecca! If you are headed this way you might want...
Sims Flat Campground
At Sims Flat Campground you might just feel like you’re in the 1930’s when you pitch your tent beside...

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Hipcamper Fariss

Our favorite campsite in Trinity County. Great easy trail for hiking into the Wilderness near by.

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Hipcamper Nicole

Big Flat has lots of shade and places for tent camping. Enough space for many vehicles to park. A nice stream running by it as well. Or you can hike to Caribou Lake where there's a beautiful camping area for tents.

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Hipcamper Phoebe

The sites are small and close together, especially the glamping sites. We had site #6 right on the water, people were letting their children run rampant with no regard for our space. If you are looking for peace&quiet not just a pretty setting, LOOK ELSEWHERE!

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Hipcamper Jonathan

Big Flat is a sweet campground nestled in the Klamath Mountains. This camp offers a great place to mellow out beside Trinity River or a base before hiking out to Caribou Lakes.

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Hipcamper Laura

Stayed here in July 2015. Great hiking nearby! The lake was nearly drained due to the drought :( We were allowed to have campfires but many of the nearby campgrounds did not. Clean bathrooms but no interior lighting, be sure to bring your headlamps!

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Hipcamper Seabrook

You have the wrong picture here. I think this is from Castle Craigs. This picture with the snow and alpine-looking hillside is NOT how Deadlun looks... Hope you can fix it!

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Hipcamper Faith

Historic Resort and Mineral Springs since 1883 under rehabilitation currently 2016, forestry campground FREE with limited services- however Deerlick Springs General store adjacent to campground open seasonally! www.deerlicksprings.com

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Word on the street is that the Bunny Flat hike is definitely worth it!

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It gets chilly the further up you go, so definitely plan for more clothing than you think you’ll need!

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Mt. Shasta at sunset=perfection. The lake is the perfect spot to camp out and watch the show.

Hipcamper Ron

This campground is always so quiet and beautiful. We love the swimming holes in the Trinity River and exploring the forest around the area is awesome. Just around the bend from the campgrouynd is the best swimming place. Go find it and its beauty. Great outdoor fun is promised. One of our favorite places in norcal.

Hipcamper Nathaniel

Great site near the lake. Fishing is great if you drive down the dock near the bridge. Campsite is clean and well kept.

Hipcamper Kimberly

Just spent five days at McBride at the base of Mt. Shasta. My campsite had privacy, a view of the mountain, and stars were aplenty each night! Spring water flows through the camp in a small stream. Deer made a visit in the middle of the night! It was an easy drive up to the end of the mountain road with trailheads along the way, and also an easy drive into town and to the nearby lakes.

Hipcamper Jillian

About 10 miles of windy roads with great views of the mountains until you reach your destination. Once you get to the campground, you get to pick out of almost 40 sites with a couple of the sites that are doubles. It's $20 per night with water and restrooms. There is a boat ramp if you're interested in fishing. The campsites have a fire ring, a picnic table and a bear box at each site. There is enough space in between each campsite, where you'll have privacy. A trail is located right from the main road, splitting into two different directions. One trail goes straight to the water with a epic view of the mountains and lake. The other trail is about a mile or two miles; the path isn't well beaten but you'll come across two bridges.

Hipcamper Ramya

Is it a good time to hike in Shasta Trinity National Forest in the second week of December?

Hipcamper Fariss

We stayed at the group campsite. The worst part: It's on a hill, and there were parasites sometimes noticeably swimming in the water... like most places in the wilderness. We swam a lot and had fun in the sun. Not to far from Trinity lake, if it is full. If it's not it can be a muddy mess.

Hipcamper Fariss

We've camped here in the group site. Excellent spot with river access across the road.

Hipcamper Fariss

There are tent sites, and already set up glamping sites with beds. Reserve way in the future.

Hipcamper Maritza

Lake Shasta is beautiful.The weather was perfect about 86 in the day and not very cold at night. We were a bit close to out neighboring campers. But it was fine. I do really strongly recommend to bring bug spray!!!!.Theres a lot of mosquitos mostly at night. All the sites have a fire pit, and theres a trash can nearby. We were only here for 2 nights one whole day and spend a lot of our day at the lake. We rented a ski boat and jet ski on the lake,I do recommend reserving one, also theres a couple of convenience stores on the lake and a restaurant cafe on Holiday Harbor which is down the road of Bailey cove. if you rent a boat and feel adventurous find little backbone creek, go upstream, theres a beautiful natural waterslide.West of the lake

Hipcamper Cynthia

Mtn. lions, and snakes and bears, oh my. But the wilderness is stunning.

History of Shasta-Trinity National Forest

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF), the largest in California, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt’s proclamation of 1905. Initially, there were two forests; the Trinity National Forest (headquartered in Weaverville) and the Shasta National Forest (headquartered in Mt. Shasta City). The two forests were combined into one in 1954. The STNF encompasses 2.1 million acres with over 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. It ranges from 1,000 in elevation (Shasta Lake and its general area) to the spectacular Mt. Shasta with its impressive elevation of 14,162 feet.

The STNF includes portions of five designated Wilderness Areas: Castle Crags, Chanchellulla, Mount Shasta, Trinity Alps and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel. The main branch of the Trinity River is a designated Wild and Scenic River which runs through the forest. A 154 mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs in an east - west direction across the STNF. The Trinity Heritage and the Trinity River Scenic Byways are two scenic drives in the area.
Shasta Lake's 365 miles of shoreline made-up of many arms and inlets make it a paradise for explorers and boaters alike. The four major arms of the lake, Sacramento, McCloud, Squaw Creek and Pit offer spectacular scenery as well as unusual geologic and historic areas of interest.

Lewiston Lake lies just downstream from Trinity Dam and just north of the town of Lewiston and is a constant level lake. It lies within the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area.

From a height of 7,309 feet, Little Mt. Hoffman offers a spectacular view of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, Mt. McLoughlin and a variety of other interesting landforms. From the Tulelake Basin in the north to the Fall River valley in the south, the 360 degree view offers a peek at some of Northern California's most unique and beautiful scenery. Located east of majestic Mt. Shasta, in the lavaflow area of Medicine Lake, is the Little Mt. Hoffman fire lookout. Restored to its original character, the lookout is now being offered as an overnight retreat for personal recreation use.

National Forests are managed for long-term sustainability of natural resources and forest ecosystems. They provide pure water, boundless recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat as well as timber, minerals and grazing. One of the Forest Service's primary responsibilities is to protect the forest and the communities within it from wildfire.
The employees of the STNF manage a healthy forest by enhancing wildlife habitat, maintaining clean water, producing timber products and safeguarding communities at risk from wildfires. Pivotal in the economical, tourism and recreational aspects of Northern California, the STNF is a land of breathtaking beauty and a place for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.