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California whitewater, Trinity River

Trinity Humboldt county, Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS II     39 miles
  The wonderful Trinity/ Humboldt County scenery and the water flowing gracefully down Trinity River beats anything. The Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec section of Trinity River in California is 39 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II section. The starting point is not too far from Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This is one of a small number of paddling stretches
    in this river system, there are a few others too. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. When you're paddling down a Coast Ranges river like this one you always
get great scenery along the way too. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way in this general area you'll find lots of paddling places. The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. A stretch of this length does require some preparations, so  
better bring your camping gear along. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. The campgrounds here at Trinity River are pretty good.

Briefly about the general area:
Jones Point is not far from Trinity River at all, and nearby you hit upon the Grouse Creek Tractor Way which is a glorious hiking trail. Now, you may think that's heaps but there's even more amusing stuff to do here in the Coast Ranges. You'll meet a lot of people from Willow Creek here, and there is a tremendous hiking trail nearby called the Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail.

Trinity River, Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Trinity River.
 Whitewater Near Trinity River:
Whitewater Outfitter - Bigfoot Rafting, Humboldt County, 5 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Trinity River, Trinity/ Humboldt County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 39 miles long (Hawkins Bar to Weitchpec)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 36 miles long (Weitchpec to Klamath Glen)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 15 miles away
      Class II - 5.4 miles long (Highway 299 to Bair Road)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 16 miles away
      Class II - 16 miles long (Orleans to Weitchpec)
Trinity River, Trinity County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 10 miles long (Cedar Flat to Hawkins Bar)
Redwood Creek, Humboldt County, 18 miles away
      Class III - 25 miles long (Lacks Creek to Orick)
New River, Trinity County, 19 miles away
      Class III-V - 19.8 miles long (E Fork confluence to Trinity River)
Klamath River, Humboldt County, 20 miles away
      Class III-V - 8 miles long (Ishi Pishi Bridge to Orleans)
Salmon River, Siskiyou County, 24 miles away
      Class IV-V - 19 miles long (Forks of Salmon to Somes Bar)
 Ski Areas Near Trinity River:
Mt. Ashland, Oregon , 83 miles away, 1195 foot drop, 4 lifts, 23 runs
Mount Shasta, California , 99 miles away, 1390 foot drop, 5 lifts, 32 runs
 Hotels Near Trinity River:
Moss Manor The River House, Willow Creek , 5 miles away
Red Roof Inn Arcata, Arcata , 33 miles away
Howard Johnson Express Arcata, Arcata , 33 miles away
Days Inn & Suites Arcata, Arcata , 33 miles away
BEST WESTERN Arcata Inn, Arcata , 33 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Trinity River:
Tish Tang Campground, Humboldt County, 1 miles away
Horse Linto, Willow Creek, 1 miles away
Hoopa Campground, Humboldt County, 2 miles away
 Trails Near Trinity River:
Horse Ridge National Scenic Trail, Humboldt , 11 miles away,  24.4 hiking miles, 2221 feet elevation difference
Grouse Creek Tractor Way, Humboldt , 15 miles away, 0.8 hiking miles, 896 feet elevation difference
Grouse Creek Tractor Trail, Humboldt , 15 miles away, 2.9 hiking miles, 2606 feet elevation difference
Salmon Summit Recreation Trail, Humboldt , 16 miles away,  14.4 hiking miles, 1455 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Trinity River:
Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City - CA , 55 miles away
Oregon Caves National Monument, Cave Junction - OR , 58 miles away
Little River State Beach, California , 34 miles away
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, California , 35 miles away
Prairie City State Park, California , 35 miles away
 Lakes Near Trinity River
Red Cap Lake, Humboldt , 16 miles away

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