East Fork New River Loop

Willow Creek, California

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The East Fork New River is a smaller version of the New River drainage: a deep and shady canyon, dotted with oak and maple and madrone at the lower elevations, that leads up to a rugged, untraveled pine- and fir-forested wilderness at the higher end. It’s a fine sampling of the “Green Trinities,” the western part of the Alps known for thick-forested mountains, wild river canyons, and solitude. As at New River, you come across a few old mining relics along the East Fork (though not nearly as many). There are numerous connections to a maze of little-used trails that make it easy to disappear for a couple of weeks if that’s your desire. You won’t find the spectacular lakes and peaks of the eastern Trinity Alps here. What you do find is wilderness with a capital W, where you’re more likely to come across a bear than another backpacker. Most two-legged guests are hunters who come here in the fall, and there are still active mining claims in the drainage that draw modern-day prospectors. Highlights: A rugged hike through deep canyons in the remote “Green Trinities”; solitude.

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"The East Fork New River is a smaller version of the New River drainage: a deep and shady canyon, dotted with oak and maple and madrone at the lower elevations, that leads up to a rugged, untraveled pine- and fir-forested wilderness at the higher end. It’s a fine sampling of the “Green Trinities,” the western part of the Alps known for thick-forested mountains, wild river canyons, and solitude. As at New River, you come across a few old mining relics along the East Fork (though not nearly as many). There are numerous connections to a maze of little-used trails that make it easy to disappear for a couple of weeks if that’s your desire. You won’t find the spectacular lakes and peaks of the eastern Trinity Alps here. What you do find is wilderness with a capital W, where you’re more likely to come across a bear than another backpacker. Most two-legged guests are hunters who come here in the fall, and there are still active mining claims in the drainage that draw modern-day prospectors. Highlights: A rugged hike through deep canyons in the remote “Green Trinities”; solitude."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Willow Creek
Distance: 19.8
Elevation Gain: 3,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best mid June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,100 feet
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Cecil Lake, Dees Peak; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness

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