Long Canyon Trail Head



Off Hwy. 3 South of Trinity Center, which is on Trinity Lake.

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. NOTE: You do not have to go all the way to Trinity Center when coming from this direction. The turn off is about 5 miles South of Trinity Center.

Directions to Trinity Center from Yreka, California: From I-5 take Hwy. 3 thru Fort Jones and Etna and up over Scott Mountain and down into Trinity Lake. Trinity Center is about 45.5 miles South of Etna, Ca.

Directions to Long Canyon TH from Trinity Center:

NOTE: you do not have to go all the way to Trinity Center if coming from the South. The turn-off from Hwy. 3 onto the road leading to Long Gulch TH is about 5 miles south of Trinity Center, heading West, across from and near the Covington Mill road. The FS road follows Stuart Fork Creek. The turn-off to the TH is 2+ miles up this dirt road. There is a sign to Long Canyon Trail and Mule Creek at this junction.

You can also take the turn off onto the other end of this same road, if coming from the South, across from Mule Creek info center and Clark Springs Camp Ground, but it's a longer dirt road in from that end. Quicker to go up to the other end of the road, just past the Covington Mill Rd., and go in that way.

Road Conditions:

Dirt road from Hwy. 3 turn off to TH, but is kept in good condition. 4-wheel drive not necessary.


Forest Service Trinity Alps Wilderness Map - East Half side of map - 2 "mile squares" left of R.8W. (top of map) and 2 1/2 "mile Squares" above T.35.N. (side of map)

Open by:

Long Canyon TH is usually open by June.

Trail Head Ammenities:


If you have a large trailer, or even just a stock trailer, it is advisable to park next to the road at the junction where the road sign is pointing to Long Canyon Trail 1/2 mi. and Mule Creek. The trail head is a short ways up the road, but it can be difficult to turn large trailers around if cars are parked... and they often are.

Trails out of Long Canyon TH:

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