Trinity Divide

An Opportunity to Protect
17 Miles of the PCT

Active Projects Trinity Divide

The Trinity Divide acquisition can also protect more than 16 square miles for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, camping and exploration.

In Northern California’s Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forests, PCT users pass through a checkerboard of public and private land for nearly 30 miles. The checkerboard ownership pattern is the legacy of the 1862 railroad land grants, which gave every other section of federal land along a proposed rail corridor to the railroad companies. This public-private land pattern has created problems for public access and ecological management across the western United States, and is the leading cause for private inholdings within national forest boundaries.

The Michigan-California Timber Company (MCTC) is seeking to sell and protect its Trinity Divide property just west of Mount Shasta, where the PCT threads through a narrow 10-foot-wide private easement along a scenic ridge with expansive views of mountains, lakes and forests.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association, The Trust for Public Land, the Michigan-California Timber Company and the U.S. Forest Service are spearheading an effort to protect this property that includes 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Funding for the first phase of this important project has already been secured through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). While we continue to move forward on the first phase of the acquisition, efforts are already underway to secure LWCF funding for our second phase of the project.

For more details on the project, see our blog post: The Trinity Divide—an opportunity to protect 17 miles of the PCT


Northern CA
Siskiyou and Trinity
PCT Section
Project Partners
Michigan-California Timber Company
Trust for Public Land
U.S. Forest Service