I have visited the Trinity Alps area twice this year. The first time was in January when we rented a vacation home for several nights and simply unwinded in the snow after a long, busy holiday season. For the first trip we had an entire area of the mountains to ourselves. The cabin we rented was called Henson's Hideaway, and located near Trinity Center. We rented this home through VRBO. The home had a long, sloping driveway that was perfect for sledding. The area was blanketed with snow from several early winter storms.
We returned to the area in August to experience Trinity Lake. The views are stunning, and the lake is quite large. For this visit we rented a cabin at the Trinity Lake KOA campground. This facility boasts camp sites, RV sites and a variety of cabins. They offer an on-site marina for boaters, a small grocery story, snack bar, outdoor movies, bingo and a swimming pool. The stay was enjoyable, but the only lake access from the campground was via boat ramp. No beach or swimming here.
So we headed to the Pinewood Cove Resort which was about 15 miles back towards Weaverville on highway 3. This is also a nice campground and it has a marina, along with canoe and kayak rentals. We rented a canoe for a half-day, and explored the lake. This was the highlight of our weekend. We paddled for about five miles, found a wonderful shaded cove and had a private picnic lunch and relaxed for several hours before beginning our trip back to the marina. Pinewood Cove offers many of the same amenities as the Trinity Lake KOA, so I recommend this place for campers.
Trinity Center itself is very small and doesn't offer much in the way of services. If heading to the lake or the alps, you best bet is to stop in Redding on your way to the mountains to do your shopping. Redding is about 60 miles from Trinity Center. Or you can visit Weaverville, which is closer, but has a smaller selection of stores to choose from.
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