Introducing West of I-5
West of I-5 you’ll find some of the the mountain area’s most rugged towns and seductive wilderness. The Gold Rush past of Weaverville is palpable even today. The town’s current community - a multi- generational mix of artists, naturalists, young, old, white, Chinese and city transplant - is, wittingly or not, nurtured by the town’s Wild West roots.
Heavenly Hwy 3 (a highly recommended - although slower and windier - alternative route to I-5) begins in Weaverville. This mountain byway will transport you through the Trinity Alps - a stunning range of azure-laked peaks, past the shores of Lewiston and Trinity Lakes, over the Scott Mountains, and finally into emerald, mountain-rimmed Scott Valley. Rough and ready Yreka awaits you at the end of the line.