Shasta–Trinity National Forest

Shasta-Trinity National Forest is a United States national forest that is located in the state of California. It holds 2,210,485 acres of protected land, making it the largest national forest in its state, and five designated wilderness areas including Mount Shasta Wilderness, Trinity Alps Wilderness, and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness. This forest was created in 1954, when the Trinity and Shasta National Forests were combined.

Shasta-Trinity national Forest holds many features including 6,278 miles of streams and rivers, many lakes including Shasta Lake, and mountain ranges like the Trinity Alps and the Eddys. This forest is located at the intersection of the Southern Cascades and Eastern Klamath Mountains. It has many habitats including woodlands, chaparral forests, and grasslands.

Higher elevations contain subalpine and montane forest species including red fir, lodgepole pine, western white pine, and whitebark pine, as well as small plants like western azaleas and California pitcherplants. Many tree species grow at mid-elevations including white fir, Jeffery pine, ponderosa pine, and sugar pine. There is also a large variety of small plants in these areas including greenleaf and pinemat manzanitas, bitterbrush plants, leather oak, plants, and hoary manzanitas. Low elevation areas are dominated by pine and oak forests that include ponderosa pine, gray pine, black oak, and Douglas-fir trees. Shrubs that occur at low elevations include western redbud, California buckeye, and whiteleaf manzanita.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest offers visitors many activities including camping, fishing, boating, skiing, horseback riding, overnight stays in the Little Mt. Hoffman fire lookout and Forest Glen cabin, 460 miles of hiking trails, and scenic tour routes including the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway that stretches over five hundred miles.

Image Caption: Trinity Alps near Granite Lake. Credit: Ottofunk9/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)