From Trinity Lake, located in the Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, there are exciting views of the jagged peaks of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. With cold streams, lush meadows and rugged crests, the Alps attract thousands of nature lovers every year to hike, climb and ride through the spectacular scenery. Down below, Trinity Lake with its 145 miles of shoreline is a recreational wonderland. As California’s third largest lake, Trinity’s rugged and forested shoreline and pleasant temperatures draw water sports enthusiasts from all around the country. Houseboaters, jet skiers, wake boarders and water-skiers, boaters and fisherman may launch from any one of the lakeside marinas and six public boat ramps. This wilderness area also provides ample opportunities to view wildlife, including osprey, golden eagles, bald eagles, quail, bobcats, deer and bear. Dozens of accommodations can be found along the lake and in the towns of Coffee Creek, Lewiston, Trinity Center and Weaverville. Nearby activities include panning for gold, hiking and backpacking trails, camping, mountain biking and climbing, snow skiing and river rafting.