I go to the wilderness for solitude, so planning a trip for a holiday weekend requires a bit more thought and compromise. Thankfully the Trinity Alps Wilderness has a multitude of trails and access points.
In 2010, I’d taken a day hike from the North Fork Coffee Creek Trailhead to Hodges cabin and had fond memories of the meadows and creeks. With high temperatures predicted and it being prime wildflower season, my goal was to find a plentiful supply of both. Otherwise armed with maps and trail guides, the plan was to make decisions at each junction, my favorite way of hiking.
Hodges Cabin – Sadly this cabin with an interesting history has experienced degradation due to neglect.
This miner’s cabin is supposedly sometimes occupied. Well . . . maybe by vermin.
Frank Schlomberg Cabin – He was a German cabinet maker who built furniture for the Hodges cabin.
The Wolford Cabin. Another reminder of not relying on hiking guidebook accuracy. This 2010 edition indicated that the cabin is open and available, but we found it locked up tight, and degrading like the others.
The flowers weren’t nearly as prolific as I’d hoped; however, as expected for lower elevation.
Finding this hidden spring-fed paradise was one the highlights of my trip.
Seeing aphids in the wild, accompanied by the ladybug munchers, was another unusual sight.
Lower South Fork Lake – a perfect place for swimming and lazing away a few hours.
Interesting rock formation and a peak down into the Scott Valley. On a clear day, you can see Mt Shasta.
Statuesque trees and rocks
Trinity Alps ranges to the southwest
Creeks and Bridges:
Thankful for these steel bridges since I’m not the most confident with water crossings.
Just one of many refreshing creeks enjoyed during this outing.
A lot of unhealthy forest and deadfall, accompanied by poor trail conditions in those areas.
Lest you think this lower elevation trip was a walk in the park.