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

Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

1. Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout

The postcard perfect Little Mt. Hoffman Lookout is perched on the rim of the largest volcano in the state! You’ll be treated to sweeping views of...

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Panther Meadows Campground

2. Panther Meadows Campground

Interested in camping on a lone majestic mountain at 7500 feet? Head to Mt. Shasta to the walk-in Panther Meadows campground. Up here at Mt....

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Hells Gate Campground

3. Hells Gate Campground

With a name like Hell’s Gate Campground, you know there must be some whitewater rafting nearby! These spacious campgrounds are on the South Fork...

Ron
Ron: This campground is always so quiet and beautiful. We love the swimming holes in the Trinity River and exploring the forest...
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Big Flat Campground

4. Big Flat Campground

Big Flat Campground offers campsites on a wide expanse of river bar to enjoy the Trinity River. The campground is just off Highway 299 making it...

Nicole
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...
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McBride Springs Campground

5. McBride Springs Campground

Mt. Shasta has been fascinating adventurers and visionaries for centuries, this lone volcanic mountain stands like a king overlooking the Northern...

Kimberly
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...
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Fowlers Camp Campground

6. Fowlers Camp Campground

Fowlers Camp Campground is the most popular campground on the Upper McCloud River, meaning you best act fast. The campground is close to three...

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Castle Lake Campground

7. Castle Lake Campground

Just a stone’s throw below the pristine Castle Lake, lies the primitive and quaint Castle Lake Campground. If you haven’t been to Castle Lake,...

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Eagle Creek Campground

8. Eagle Creek Campground

Pitch your tent beside the Trinity River at Eagle Creek Campground. Just a stone’s throw from Trinity Lake, this campsite is popular with...

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Mary Smith Campground

9. Mary Smith Campground

A quick detour off County Road 105, Mary Smith Campground is considered one of California’s “prettiest,” most scenic lakeside campgrounds found...

Phoebe
Phoebe: The sites are small and close together, especially the glamping sites. We had site #6 right on the water, people were letting...
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Stoney Point Campground

10. Stoney Point Campground

This tent-only campground hugs a shore of the idyllic Trinity Lake. Cedar and Ponderosa Pine provide shade while Manzanita and Mountain Mahogany...

Fariss
Fariss: We stayed at the group campsite. The worst part: It's on a hill, and there were parasites sometimes noticeably swimming in the...
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Lower Jones Valley Campground

11. Lower Jones Valley Campground

The Lower Jones Valley Campground offers a picturesque camping experience close to Shasta Lake. Campsites provide all the necessary amenities to...

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Antlers Campground

12. Antlers Campground

Ahh… Shasta Lake, Northern California’s house boat’n mecca! If you are headed this way you might want to give Antlers Campground a try. The...

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Deadlun Campground

13. Deadlun Campground

You just hit the Northern California camping jackpot! Deadlun Campground is located on the awe inspiring Iron Canyon Reservoir which offers...

Seabrook
Seabrook: You have the wrong picture here. I think this is from Castle Craigs. This picture with the snow and alpine-looking hillside...
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Hirz Bay Campground

14. Hirz Bay Campground

Shasta Lake is no stranger to anglers, boaters, and recreation enthusiasts, but if you’re looking for someplace special to hang your hat, check out...

Jillian
Jillian: About 10 miles of windy roads with great views of the mountains until you reach your destination. Once you get to the...
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Ellery Creek Campground

15. Ellery Creek Campground

Ellery Creek is our top pick for stellar views of Shasta Lake and the snow-capped Mount Shasta. Catch the sunrise and then visit nearby Lake Shasta...

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Scotts Flat Campground

16. Scotts Flat Campground

100% Recommend (3 Campers)

Settle in to Scotts Flat Campground and explore the South Fork Trinity River's National Recreation Trail. The area boasts some of the best swimming...

Lindsey
Lindsey: Good for families...
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Clark Springs Campground

17. Clark Springs Campground

Clark Springs Campground is located on azure waters of Trinity Lake North of Weaverville. Campsites are spread throughout groves of cedar (the best...

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Ripstein Campground

18. Ripstein Campground

To get to some off-the-grid camping bliss head to Ripstein Campground adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness and its nearby trailheads. Off...

Fariss
Fariss: Our favorite campsite in Trinity County. Great easy trail for hiking into the Wilderness near by.
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Slide Creek Campground

19. Slide Creek Campground

Slide Creek Campground is a primitive campground located on the South Fork of the Trinity River. You will need to bring water and all the other...

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AhDiNa Campground

20. AhDiNa Campground

AhDiNa Campground is a treat located on the lower McCloud River. World renowned trout fish’n, epic views of Nothern California’s volcanic country,...

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Basin Gulch Campground

21. Basin Gulch Campground

Basin Gulch Campground is located in a dense wooded area within walking distance of Middle Fork Cottonwood Creek. This shaded campground is ideal...

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Forest Glen Campground

22. Forest Glen Campground

With its emerald swimming holes, whitewater rapids, and trout and salmon fishery, the South Fork Trinity River never fails to please. Might as well...

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Lakeshore East Campground

23. Lakeshore East Campground

For camping that isn’t really camping, check out the yurts at Lakeshore East Campground. You’ll be close to all of Shasta Lake’s beautiful...

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Sims Flat Campground

24. Sims Flat Campground

At Sims Flat Campground you might just feel like you’re in the 1930’s when you pitch your tent beside the mighty Sacramento River at historic...

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Algoma Campground

25. Algoma Campground

Located on the recreational bliss of the Upper McCloud River, Algoma Campground is the perfect place to hang your hammock and stay a while. Since...

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Mariners Roost Boat-In Campground

26. Mariners Roost Boat-In Campground

As its name would suggest, Mariners Roost is only accessible by boat. Situated on the Stuart Fork Arm of Trinity Lake on the east side of the Mule...

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Pigeon Point Campground

27. Pigeon Point Campground

Ready to get on river time? Head out on the scenic Highway 299 along the Trinity River to Pigeon Point Campground. Campsites are set up close to a...

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Hayward Flat Campground

28. Hayward Flat Campground

A frequent favorite amongst Shasta-trinity National Forest campers, Hayward Campground is located within a short, lake-swept breeze from Trinity...

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Trinity River Campground

29. Trinity River Campground

Conveniently located off of Highway 3, Trinity River Campground is a favorite overnight stopover for travelers. Named for its proximity to the...

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Hayden Flat Campground

30. Hayden Flat Campground

Cruise down Highway 299 and you’ll be mesmerized by steep cliffs, reeling mountains, and the emerald Trinity River winding its way through it all....

Fariss
Fariss: We've camped here in the group site. Excellent spot with river access across the road.
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McCloud Bridge Campground

31. McCloud Bridge Campground

Set up your tent or RV along the banks of the McCloud River and absorb the scenic bliss. The campground offers easy access to Shasta Lake and...

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Rush Creek Campground

32. Rush Creek Campground

Stretching down Rush Creek, Rush Creek Campground is shaded by Douglas fir, oak and maple trees. Aptly-named, the sound of the creek can be heard...

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East Weaver Campground

33. East Weaver Campground

Looking to camp beneath the grandeur of the Trinity Alps Wilderness? Head to East Weaver Creek Campground just a short distance North of...

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Scott Mountain Campground

34. Scott Mountain Campground

Scott Mountain Campground is just off the Pacific Crest Trail, near the summit of Scott Mountain, a 5,554-foot mountain gap-pass. There’s tent, RV,...

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Bushytail Campground

35. Bushytail Campground

Looping through mature evergreens, Bushytail Campground isn’t just toting an adorable name―it’s also a mecca for California campers. Aside from not...

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

36. Tomhead Saddle Campground

Tomhead Saddle Campground is a small, secluded spot for tent campers only. Sitting to the west of Tomhead Mountain, the campground offers shade...

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Big Bar Campground

37. Big Bar Campground

Schlepp your portable bar over to Big Bar, and bathe in the waters of the Trinity River with a cold one in your hand. Big Bar Campground offers...

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Hobo Gulch Campground

38. Hobo Gulch Campground

At Hobo Gulch Campground you can really live up the hobo lifestyle. Swimming and fishing in the nearby North Fork Trinity River, coupled with baked...

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Big Slide Campground

39. Big Slide Campground

Come experience the power of the Trinity, the South Fork Trinity River that is, at Big Slide Campground. Tent-only campsites ON THE BEACH. Swim in...

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Jackass Springs Campground

40. Jackass Springs Campground

What’s that old adage? Don’t judge a campground by its name? Well, Jackass Springs isn’t as crummy as it sounds. Situated within the sprawling...

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Denny Campground

41. Denny Campground

The New River (a tributary to the Trinity River) is a well-kept secret off Highway 299. Epic swimming holes, wilderness trails, and nights camping...

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Alpine View Campground

42. Alpine View Campground

The campground that’s geared toward every demographic, Alpine View Campground offers wheelchair accessible ramps, as well as areas for young...

Laura
Laura: Stayed here in July 2015. Great hiking nearby! The lake was nearly drained due to the drought :( We were allowed to have...
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White Rock Campground

43. White Rock Campground

White Rock Campground is a partly shady camping spot in Modoc National Forest. This campground is for tent campers only, and there are great...

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Philpot Campground

44. Philpot Campground

If you’re looking for a camp out to get away from it all Philpot campground outside of Hayfork could be your game. This small campground is for...

Bridge Camp Campground

45. Bridge Camp Campground

Located out on the Stewart’s Fork of the Trinity River, Bridge Camp Campground is the perfect spot for the rustic, rugged, and equestrian...

Tunnel Rock Campground

46. Tunnel Rock Campground

Located just a stone’s throw from Trinity Lake in the expansive Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tunnel Rock Campground offers both tent and RV...

Harris Springs Campground

47. Harris Springs Campground

Grab your hunt’n jacket, cowboy coffee, and cooler full of the appropriate libations (don’t forget the water) and head off to the Harris Springs...

Burnt Ranch Campground

48. Burnt Ranch Campground

Burnt Ranch Campground is in the heart of it all: the Trinity River, Bigfoot country, whitewater rafting, and the emerald triangle. This is a great...

Trout Creek Campground

49. Trout Creek Campground

Trout Creek Campground is located on its namesake creek in the McCloud Flats. The dispersed camping sites offer scenic vistas of volcanic country....

Madrone Campground

50. Madrone Campground

If you are looking to get away from the crowds you are guaranteed success at Madrone Campground. These campsites are remote as it gets. Go ahead,...

Ackerman Campground

51. Ackerman Campground

Ackerman Campground is on the hydrophilic edge of Lewiston Lake, just feet from a freshwater oasis. A trotted favorite among fisherman, Ackerman...

Cooper Gulch Campground

52. Cooper Gulch Campground

Cooper Gulch Campground is nestled into the shores of Lewiston Lake close to the Trinity River Dam. It’s a great base to explore the surrounding...

Tannery Gulch Campground

53. Tannery Gulch Campground

Hook, line, and sink; Tannery Gulch Campground is an angler’s Disneyland. “Dreams really do come true. . . in the form of healthy, not over-fished...

Beegum Gorge Campground

54. Beegum Gorge Campground

Beegum Gorge Campground is a great starting point to explore the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Sitting near Beegum Creek, this is a very tiny,...

Chirpchatter Campground

55. Chirpchatter Campground

Head to Chirpchatter Campground east of Shasta Lake. These remote campsites are popular with hunters and offer the perfect spot to unwind, unplug,...

Pine Point Campground

56. Pine Point Campground

Pine Point Campground is tucked away in the evergreen shaded confines of Shasta-trinity National Forest. Here, you’ll find picnic tables, fire...

Clear Creek Campground

57. Clear Creek Campground

Clear Creek campground is located off the beaten path in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This small campsite helps you get back to the...

Moore Creek Campground

58. Moore Creek Campground

Cozy, as in close-knit and close together--you’ll learn to love your neighbors at Moore Creek Campground. Sites are partially shaded and the views...

Gregory Creek Campground

59. Gregory Creek Campground

Looking to camp close to Shasta Lake and indulge in some fishing, swimming, boating, and watersports? Head to Gregory Campground and rest your...

Gumboot Campground

60. Gumboot Campground

Time to break in your boots at Gumboot Campground! Gumboot is located by a shallow alpine lake close to the Gumboot Trailhead with access to the...

Cattle Camp Campground

61. Cattle Camp Campground

If you’ve never been to the Upper McCloud River canyon, you should know it’s kind of like your favorite beer commercial. Cold mountain streams,...

Minersville Campground

62. Minersville Campground

Wiggle your toes on the Trinity Lake’s pristine sandy beaches and take in the water-based painted canvass that Mother Nature, herself, has created;...

Horse Flat Campground

63. Horse Flat Campground

Perched amidst the sagebrush and pine trees lies Horse Flat Campground. A favorite of mountain bikers and rock climbers alike, there are sites...

Preacher Meadow Campground

64. Preacher Meadow Campground

This quiet and serene campground attracts hikers from the nearby Swift Creek Trail at the beginnings and ends of their jaunts. The campground has...

Deerlick Springs Campground

65. Deerlick Springs Campground

Deerlick Springs Campground is located in a densely forested area near Browns Creek. This quiet, serene campground is for tent campers only and the...

Faith
Faith: Historic Resort and Mineral Springs since 1883 under rehabilitation currently 2016, forestry campground FREE with limited...
Goldfield Campground

66. Goldfield Campground

Nestled in an open, grassy area adjacent to the forest, Goldfield Campground boasts sites for tent, RV as well as horse camping. Though it’s near...

Shiell Gulch Campground

67. Shiell Gulch Campground

Shiell Gulch Campground is a primitive and remote campground that provides access into the Chanchelulla Wilderness. This wilderness area provides...

Nelson Point Campground

68. Nelson Point Campground

Party hardy at Nelson Point Campground with 60 others and explore the Sacramento Arm of Shasta Lake. Open for walk-ins April through May but group...

Bailey Cove Campground

69. Bailey Cove Campground

Ahoy there, boaters and anglers! Looking for the pristine feel of a mountain lake combined with the community of a friendly and popular campground?...

Upper Jones Valley Campground

70. Upper Jones Valley Campground

In the Shasta Trinity National Forest, weather and climate conditions can often change at the drop of a hat, so it’s good to be as prepared as...

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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!

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

Hipcamper Fariss

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

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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.

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.