There’s no better way to experience the wilderness and test your endurance and self-sufficiency than a couple of days in the backcountry. If you want to get out in the Shasta Cascade region, everyone will tell you that the Trinity Alps is the place to go. Several easy-to-access trailheads take you to over 600 trails across 500,000 acres of wilderness. At the top, you’ll find several alpine lakes tucked into grey granite rock faces. Simply relax and take in the stunning view, fish for dinner or take a dip in the icy, emerald-colored waters. Weather you’re in it for a quick overnight or a weeklong vision quest, the Trinity Alps have what you’re looking for. For overnight stays, you’ll need wilderness and campfire permits, available from the Weaverville Ranger Station. The summit is 9,000 ft., so some hikes can be rather strenuous. Make sure to research your routes, plan ahead and, remember, this is bear country – hang your food or pack some bear cans.