More information on our local weather is available on the
Quick Facts page.
In the summer, days can get very hot. We get a couple weeks
every summer where the temperature will peak over 100°.
At the same time of year, the nights can get pretty cool.
It's best to take a layered approach to your wardrobe, enabling
you to go with shorts or swimsuits and tee-shirts in the daytime,
but providing a light sweater and wind-breaker for the nights.
We occasionally get thunderstorms, so light rain gear is not
a bad idea.
Winters are generally cold at the Ranch, with substantial
snowfall in most years. Again, layers are appropriate. Bring
plenty of warm clothing for going outdoors, but have something
comfortable for sitting around a hot fire inside. Remember
that snow can turn to rain, so waterproof jackets are highly
Spring and Fall
Spring and fall can see everything in between the summer heat
and winter cold, with spring tending to bring more moisture.
Again, layers are the order of the day.
We provide the kitchen, you provide the goodies. There are
3 "country stores" locally, but they are very limited in selection,
and a bit short on fresh produce and meat. Also, there is
no liquor available locally, so if you want that brandy by
the fire, get it before you get here. The nearest supermarket
is in Weaverville (a 45 minute drive).
We have all the necessary cooking accouterments, such as pots,
pans, utensils, etc. You will need your own coffee filters.
We provide a starting "dose" of dish detergent and paper towels.
You should bring your own laundry detergent, if you're planning
on washing clothes.
There is no need to bring bottled water, as the water we take
(and treat) from Ripple Creek is superior!
You will need your own soap, shampoo, etc. We supply two towels,
two wash cloths, two hand towels for your stay. If you want
to use towels for outdoor activities, please bring your own
for that purpose. There are laundry facilities in both guest
houses for your needs. You will need your own detergent, dryer
sheets, etc. Please do not use any bleach since it kills all
the good "bugs" in the septic tank. Also, if you are washing
"house" linens, please only use warm water and medium dryer
If you need them, bring them. The closest pharmacy is a 45
minute drive in Weaverville.
There is no TV service available in the guest houses, but
they do have DVD players. So, if you feel you may need to
spend some down time, or the weather is inclement you may
want to bring some favorite DVD's. If you're planning to watch
DVDs, be sure to bring them with you, as the closest rental
shop is 45 minutes away in Weaverville. Note that there is
no appreciable television reception at the Ranch. If you want
to watch the box, you'll need DVDs.
The radio is a similar situation. Because of our location
only a couple of radio stations come in well at the ranch.
We have a CD/Radio combination player. If you think you will
want to listen to your favorite music bring your own CD's.
Games, Cards, Books, etc.
We have a supply of puzzles, games, cards and magazines, but
you may want to bring your own favorites.
We supply the firewood!
If you're planning on doing some gold panning, we have plenty
of pans for you to use. Let us know if you'd be interested
in having a local old-timer show you how it's done.
There is a swimming hole available next door, and several
places to swim on Trinity Lake. Don't forget to bring beach
towels and swim suits.
There's a somewhat run-down court in Trinity Center. If
you like to play, bring rackets and balls.
Fishing Gear and License
There is some tackle available in Trinity Center, as well
as in Lewiston and Weaverville. But, if you're an aficionado,
you'll want to bring your own gear. If you don't have a fishing
license, you can get one in Trinity Center. Don't fish without
one, as the game wardens are very strict, and fines are heavy.
If you're going to take advantage of the myriad of hiking
trails available around the area, you should bring:
- day packs for carrying food,
- extra water containers (remember, it gets hot in the
summer and dehydration is a real danger)
- a first aid kit
- good hiking boots
- sun protection
- insect repellent.
Unless you're planning on an overnight hike, or horseback
excursion, you won't need a sleeping bag; we provide linens.
Other Recommended Items
We're a long way from civilization. Please fill up your gas
tank in Redding or Weaverville, so that you do not run the
risk of being stranded. There are gas stations in Coffee Creek
and Trinity Center, but they occasionally run out! The nearest
reliable gas is 45 minutes away, in Weaverville. For mechanical
repairs there are two local garages that are manned part time.
You will also want to be prepared for snow if your visit is
in the winter time. A small shovel, tire chains, and a piece
of plastic sheeting to kneel on are a good idea. Snow tires
are usually sufficient, but at times, Cal Trans insists on
4 wheel drive with studded tires or chains. AAA does respond
to this area, but it may take many hours.
We're at 2800 feet of elevation, and get a lot of sun
during the spring, summer and fall. Sun protection is a must.
- Hats (to keep the sun off)