Big Flat Trail Head

Elevation: 5,072'


Take Coffee Creek Road off Hwy. 3, about 8 miles North of Trinity Center. Follow Coffee Creek Road all the way to it's end. About 20.5 miles from Hwy. 3.

Directions to Trinity Center from Redding, California: From I-5 take Hwy.299 West approx. 29 miles. Make slight right onto Trinity Dam Blvd and go about 6 mi. Left onto Rush Creek Rd. and go about 9 mi. Right onto Hwy. 3 and go about 22 miles to Trinity Center.

Directions to Coffee Creek Rd. from Yreka, California: From I-5 take Hwy. 3 thru Fort Jones and Etna and up over Scott Mountain and down into Trinity Lake. Coffee Creek Rd. is about 37.5 miles South of Etna, Ca.

Road Conditions:

Road is usually in fair to good condition throughout the summer season. Road is paved the first few miles off Hwy. 3, and then turns to dirt. It's a fairly well maintained road with a fair amount of traffic during summer months as access to a number of trail heads, but can be rough in places because it is not graveled. It is plenty wide enough for vehicles to pass most of it's entire length. It is closed because of snow during most of the winter months.


Forest Service Trinity Alps Wilderness Map - East Half side of map - between R.10W. and R.9W. (top of map) and T.37N. (side of map)

Open by:

Big Flat is usually open by early June.

Trail Head Ammenities:


This trail head is deep within the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Almost the entire 20 miles of Coffee Creek road, going into this trail head, is surrounded by the Wilderness, which is very unusual for a Wilderness trail head. You are deep within the Wilderness by the time you get to Big Flat. You do need to be very careful in storing your food here, as bears have been known to be a problem breaking into vehicles at this trail head.

Trails out of Big Flat TH:

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