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Things to Bring for Your Vacation

Clothing
More information on our local weather is available on the Quick Facts page.

Summer

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.

Winter
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 recommended.

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.

Groceries
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!

Toiletries
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 heat.

Medications
If you need them, bring them. The closest pharmacy is a 45 minute drive in Weaverville.

Entertainment

DVDs
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.

CDs
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.

Fireside
We supply the firewood!

Gold Pans
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.

Swimming
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.

Tennis Rackets
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.

Hiking
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.

Linens
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.

Sun Protection
We're at 2800 feet of elevation, and get a lot of sun during the spring, summer and fall. Sun protection is a must.

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats (to keep the sun off)

Don't forget:

  • Camera
  • Insect repellent.

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