Trinity Alps

Wanting to escape the crowds of the Lake Tahoe Basin area, I decided to plan my next backpacking trip further north, in the Mt Shasta Trinity Alps Forest. I was joined by my buddy Jeff and his dog Maggie. After spending the night in Weaverville, we woke up early the next morning and drove to the trailhead to begin our journey into the woods.

For the first 6 miles, the trail ran adjacent to the Stuart Fork. Even this late in the year, there was still plenty of water left and TONS of small Rainbow Trout.

Nothing over 8 inches, but lots of fun to catch. The beautiful clear water and inviting pools were enough to keep us from getting to our final destination that night.

With water this clear, sight fishing and stealth was the name of the game.

We fished so hard those first few miles, that we decided to setup camp just before the Y-Junction in the trail that would lead us up to Alpine Lake.

Home Sweet Home. Not another soul for miles.

Early morning on the Stuart Fork.

The following morning, we grabbed our fishing gear, some water and lunch, and took a day trip up to the lake.

About half way there, we ran into some thick manzanita bush and rocky terrain. The trail obviously had not been groomed in quite some time. The over grown bushes sometimes pushed us straight back or bounced us sideways during the scrambled ascent. We were glad we left our backpacks behind. Eventually we did make it up and over the ridge, our calves scratched to hell and shins badly bruised.

Sawtooth Ridge

The first piece of water we hit was the outlet creek. Another 200 yards and we were at the lake.

We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed every second of it. Brook trout were rising all around us. It was pure bliss.

Brook Trout

After catching too many to count, including this guy with a bright orange/red belly,

we made our way back down to camp.

About a mile before we reached the car, this guy came out to say hi.

Despite the encounter, you can bet I’ll be back to this wilderness, eager to explore a different stream or lake next year.

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~ by Gabriel Lopez on September 12, 2010.

6 Responses to “Trinity Alps”

  1. Awesome. Need to do a trip like that with you one of these days.

  2. Nice rendition of the trip. I’m heading down there in a week, and will check out the water you visited.

    I’m a Tahoe/Squaw Valley native now living in Ashland, OR.

  3. beautiful fish! I am planning a trip for next month but have not decided where in the alps we are going to go, what lake was that outlet creek at?

  4. Hey Gabriel, We have planned our trip for the alps for next week and was just wondering if there are any brooks or browns to be caught in stuart fork? we will not be heading up all the way to alpine lake this trip(though i wish we were) but staying at the bridge camp and doing different day hikes and fishing the staurt fork mostly. THX!

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