One comes to Trinity County for the rustic outdoors and not for luxury accommodations. This National Forest and recreation area is littered with campgrounds and "resorts" that offer rustic accommodations. However, if you’re not up for camping for whatever reason, you might consider a stay at the riverfront Indian Creek Lodge.
At first glance as you drive down Hwy 299 and approach Indian Creek Lodge, it might strike you as just another mountain town motel. However, for families, Indian Creek Lodge offers simple clean rooms with reasonably comfortable beds. Much better then many motels we've stayed at. Since the new owners took over a year ago, word in the town is that they have really turned the place around by updating the rooms, furnishings, and improving the grounds. In fact, when we were visiting, they were busy at work landscaping the riverside backyard area.
CLEAN ROOMS WITH GOOD CONFIGURATIONS FOR FAMILIES
Although the rooms at Indian Creek Lodge aren’t luxurious accommodations by any stretch of the imagination, the recent updates makes a huge difference - clean white sheets and bedspreads, recently painted walls, and clean carpet. I don’t know about you, but my kids have a tendency to roll around on the floor, so there is nothing more off putting to me as a mom then dirty carpet. I was impressed that even the windows tracks were remarkably clean. There are several room configurations that suit families well including the 2 bedroom units with a small kitchenette that sleeps 5 (2 queens and a twin bed) at an affordable price of $109/night. It sure was nice for the kids to have their own room. Bring your town crib though if you have a baby. We also appreciated that there was air-conditioning and heating units in all the rooms because during the hot summers, the temperature in Trinity County can rise to over a 100 degrees in the afternoon. It also allowed us to close all the windows at night to mask out noise from cars and neighbors.
BATHROOMS COULD DO WITH MORE UPDATES
The bathrooms were clean, but simple and could do with more updating. In particular, the tiny shower area was rather dingy. It was rather difficult to shower the kids in the dim light and small space. The showers will be difficult for families with babies and toddlers who need a tub. However, if you’re nervous about holding a baby in the shower, bring along a baby bathtub, you can probably fill it in the kitchen sink. Do note that although there is free WIFI offered, the connection was rather flaky and slow. There is also no cell reception. Some might appreciate the excuse to be disconnect, but if you're us and your work requires you to stay connected, you might be a little frustrated.
KITCHENS ARE BASIC BUT ADEQUATE
The units with a kitchenette had a 4 range electric stove, but no oven. There is a microwave oven, toaster, and coffee maker. The back porch has BBQ grills and picnic tables too. In the summer, the weather is so pleasant in the evening night that it’s really relaxing to grill up some hotdogs or burgers and sit outside for dinner, listening to the sound of the gushing river and frogs croaking. The kitchen is small, but adequate for cooking simple meals. All the kitchen basics are there, but bring everything else you might need. The closest supermarket is 8 miles away in the town of Weaverville and carries just about everything you’ll need although it is a little pricey. (You’ll find it in the shopping mall behind the Burger King.) The closest restaurants are also in Weaverville, so if you don’t want to be driving into town for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, definitely plan on preparing some meals in your room.
Indian Creek Lodge has a small pool where we were grateful to cool off in the afternoons after hiking around in 95 degree weather. It wasn't heated when we visited in the summer but that was just fine for us. The pool looked new and was kept clean. There is a high safety fence around the pool to keep the kids safe. The surrounding trees provide a nice setting for the pool, so that you barely realize the parking area right next to it.
SOME FAMILY-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES ONSITE
If you have fishing gear, you can fish on the banks of Trinity River which runs right through the property. If you’re lucky enough to have a catch bigger then you can fry up in one meal, the owners will store your clean and well wrapped fish for free. Onsite, Redwoods and Rivers has a stand where you can rent kayaks or rafts to take upstream and float down the class I section of the Trinity River that flows right by the property. Great for families for young kids. (Unfortunately, at the time of our stay, they didn't offer a shuttle service to drop you and the gear off upstream). Best of all, right next to the property is Indian Creek which is a perfect for kids to splash and play in. Even in the spring when the rivers and creeks were really high, the water was shallow enough that we felt very comfortable allowing our kids to splash around without fear they might get washed into the fast moving Trinity River. Our 5 and 8 year old boys could have spent all day skipping rocks here. At the time we were visiting, Indian Creek Lodge was landscaping their river front area. I can’t wait to see the finished result because I think it will add so much more charm to the property.
LOCATED ON THE MAIN ROAD IN AND OUT OF TRINITY COUNTY
Although Indian Creek Lodge is not located in the heart of a bigger town with easy access to stores and restaurants, nor is it right on the banks of the big lakes like Trinity, Lewiston, or Wiskeytown, it is located right on Hwy 299 which is the road leading to Redding. This makes it a great spot for an overnight stay when you're driving in or out of the area. We discovered that visiting Trinity County attractions requires a fair amount of driving no matter where you stay and Indian Creek Lodge is no exception. The lodge is under a half an hour drive to historic Weaverville, Lewiston Lake, and south Trinity Lake, but longer to many trail heads leading into the Trinity Alps Wilderness, or northern parts of Trinity Lake and popular whitewater rafting launching points.
PRICE IS VERY REASONABLE
When comparing the prices of other family "resorts" in the area that offer much more rustic accommodations, but more onsite activities, I must say that the prices of accommodations at Indian Creek Lodge are very reasonable and the rooms significantly more comfortable.
DISCLOSURE: I received a slightly discounted media rate during our stay at Indian Creek Lodge. I received no other compensation. The hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view. These opinions are entirely my own.