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Quick Facts
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Length, One-Way: 140 Miles (233.33 Kilometers)
Time: 4 Hours


General Information

Description - Trinity River Scenic Byway is a designated U.S. Forest Service byway traversing coastal plains, steep granite cliffs, arid manzanita, and digger pine hillsides. This historic Native American route parallels the beautiful "wild and scenic" Trinity River stretching 140 miles from Arcata to Redding. The Forest Service has titled this byway "From the Valley Oaks to the Redwood Coast" thus implying the range of flora and fauna found amid the diverse climate zones. Trinity River Scenic Byway probes segments of Humboldt, Shasta and Trinity counties.

Attractions - Both the Shasta-Trinity and the Six Rivers National Forest oversee the byway's recreational opportunities. Driving tour maps are available from both offices including ranger district locations. There are many opportunities for recreation along this 140-mile route: camping, whitewater rafting, kayaking, nature photography, salmon and steelhead fishing, gold panning, ghost town tours, wildlife watching, and more. River runners have the choice of Class II-III water on the Pigeon Point Run or the thrill of Class 5 and Class VI through Burnt Ranch Gorge. A good time to visit is during the spring when the redbuds are in bloom. The small gangly ornamental reaches a height of 15-40' with dark pink to purplish blossoms creating an attractive riverside specimen particularly against rushing water and grey granite cliffs.

Recreation - The Trinity River Scenic Byway is known for it's recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - Climate along this byway changes as the traveler proceeds inland. Summers along the coast are generally mild. Fog is often encountered near the coastline, with sunny, warmer weather more common inland in the foothills. Summers days can get quite hot closer to Redding. Winters are generally cool with considerable precipitation. Wear layers of clothing to accommodate cool to warm temperatures and good walking shoes. Rain protection should be included at any time of year.

Location - The byway begins at the junction of U.S. Highway 101 near Arcata and goes east on Highway 299, past Blue Lake, Salyer, Junction City, Weaverville, Shasta, and Redding. The byway ends at the intersection of Highway 299 and Interstate 5.

Directions from : The byway begins at the junction of US 101 near Arcata and goes east on Highway 299, past Blue Lake, Salyer, Junction City, Weaverville, Shasta, and Redding. The byway ends at the intersection of Highway 299 and Interstate 5 in Redding.


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ICON Viewing Scenery Trinity River Scenic Byway
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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

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Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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