The Trinity Alps

In July, my sons and their buddies went backpacking in the Trinity Alps. One of their friends is Wintu. 

Here are some of their photos. 

Beautiful backcountry – most likely gone. 
Navigating down these steep slopes wasn’t easy either. 
I couldn\’t do this. Maybe in my younger day but definitely not now. It sucks when the body doesn\’t allow you to do what you want to do anymore. 
Papoose lake and the granite crater that surrounds it is called \”the wedding cake.\” 




The Papoose lake bowl. With famous Trinity landmarks such as Thompson’s peak, Wedding cake, and Mt Hilton.

Crossing over granite stones during the heat of the day 

I haven\’t been able to do a backpacking adventure for about 10 years now – I haven\’t even done a quality hike – I still haven\’t given up in my mind – my body needs to meet up with my mind at least halfway!  I don\’t think my back would be able to handle the pack anymore.  It\’s good that my sons share their photos with me, so I can at least envision what I am missing out on. I love hearing about their adventures. 

The husband is working toward going out with them – before the year ends. They will take him out on an easier hike even though the husband still believes he can do it. 

 Regarding the fires – Foodie has been helping me to remember how beneficial fire can be for the forests. Granted some of these fires are historic but they have been deep into the backcountry and they see for themselves with photos to prove it – the forests were a mess. 

Unhealthy and Hazardous air continues to plague us here in the north-central valley. They say it was an inversion layer that acts as a tight lid, trapping the smoke and limiting the upward air movement. 

Friday night was so bad I was starting to smell smoke inside the house. My poor husband was out working in it. He wore an N-95 respirator and he said he worked good. We were in the high 500\’s into Saturday which is hazardous. Today we are hovering around 168, which is still unhealthy but without the smell of burning wood. 

6 thoughts on “The Trinity Alps

  1. Anonymous August 8, 2021 / 11:27 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! Sad that fire may have hit these spots. I couldn't hike that area either, althoug I'd love to get out there with my camera.

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  2. Anonymous August 9, 2021 / 12:40 am

    Knowing your limitations as we age is important. Some people don't ane they pay a price.Hope you get some serious rain soon.

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  3. Anonymous August 9, 2021 / 12:54 pm

    Those are wonderful photographs. I can't hike anymore either (bad hip from a fall). It's just one of those things. I do miss it. At least I can still ride my motorbike. I think the Lord for that.Fire is good for cleaning up the woods. The area back behind us is old woods. It should be burned but there's too many of us in this little corner now. I think our only safe alternative would be to hire someone to come in and clean it all out. Unfortunately, I don't think any of us have pockets deep enough for that. Y'all be safe.Blessings. xx

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  4. Anonymous August 9, 2021 / 11:00 pm

    That was one of my reasons to get out and hike – so I could take photos and just breathe in the air

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  5. Anonymous August 9, 2021 / 11:48 pm

    What wow photos the smell of smoke can hang around and get into clothes and such not nice at all

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  6. Anonymous August 14, 2021 / 4:09 pm

    Beautiful photos that your sons took. I haven't been here yet. Yes, this is land of the Wintu, and my mother-in-law was born around this area, and she is of the Wintu tribe. Wow, I'll have to visit here sometime. It looks so peaceful.~Sheri

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