The Bar 717 Ranch is comprised of 450 acres on two former homesteads that lie to the north and south of Hayfork Creek. Elevations on the Ranch range from 2200 feet at the Cornfield down to less then 1600 feet at the Swim Hole. The Ranch is entirely surrounded by the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The 28,400 acre Pattison Peak Roadless Area borders the Ranch to the north.
The Bar 717 Ranch facilities include kitchens, meeting areas, platforms (cabins), guest rooms, workshops, barns, gardens and private residences.
Marlys’ Kitchen is the main camp kitchen and includes refrigeration, food prep space, commercial stoves, sinks, and a dish sterilizer. Marlys’ kitchen has the space, storage, and equipment to comfortably prepare and serve meals for more then 200 people.
Dining Area and meals
Our outdoor dining area is called the Eating Platform. Shaded by towering Oak trees, the Eating Platform has seating for 200 people. Homemade tables seat 10-12 people each and meals are served ‘family style’ (food at the table, not ‘buffet’) with an abundance of good food and good conversation. Seating arrangements are reset on a weekly basis, giving everyone a chance to make friends within the greater Camp Trinity community.
Menus and meals are prepared by our professional cooks and our baker. Fruits and vegetables that come from our gardens and orchards are served fresh, preserved as jams and jellies, or canned for use at a later date. All the beef and pork we prepare and serve is grown on the Ranch.
During Camp, Murwell House serves as our medical center and doctor and nurse’s quarters. Located in main camp, Murwell House includes an infirmary, treatment center, and private examination room. Our medical center is available 24 hours a day and is stocked with first-aid supplies. The infirmary has beds to accommodate campers who need rest or overnight observation by our nurse or doctor.
During Camp, a physician and registered nurse are in residence at all times. Emergency medical services, via ambulance and/or helicopter, are available 24 hours a day by calling 911. The nearest hospitals are located in Weaverville and Redding
On the Ranch we have more then 20 Platforms. These sleeping structures are our own invention, perfectly adapted to our summer climate of warm, dry days and cool nights. A Platform is a cabin-like structure with 3 walls and a roof, open on 1 side to views of the pasture or forest. Platforms are grouped into living areas, each no more than a few minutes walk from the main camp area. Each platform sleeps from 6 to 15 people and has a sink and bathroom. Shower houses are short walk away.
Indoor Guest Rooms are available for parents or family members during a visit to Camp Trinity. Guest rooms are also available during Family Camp or for families and groups who rent the Ranch. Our indoor accommodations range from motel style rooms that sleep 2 and have a private bath, to bunkhouse style rooms that can accommodate up to 6 people with shared bathrooms.
Indoor Guest rooms include:
Bigfoot House—a stand-alone cabin just a short walk around the pond from main camp. Front porch overlooks pastures, pond and camp.
- Bigfoot Room #1: Large room with private bathroom and shower. Sleeps up to 4.
- Bigfoot Room #2: Medium size room that sleeps up to 3. Shared bathroom and shower with Room #3
- Bigfoot Room #3: Smaller room that sleeps 2 Shared bathroom and shower with Room #2
Gates Gables Guestrooms—three rooms located next to Gates Gables Lawn between the Ina Dillon Library and Gates Gables Kitchen in main camp.
- Gates Gables #1 and #2 can each accommodate 2-3 people and have private bathrooms and showers.
- Gates Gables #3, slightly smaller guestroom, sleeps 2 and has a private bathroom and shower.
Murwell House is a stand alone 2 bed/2bath house in main camp with large living room, woodstove, and kitchen. During the summer, Murwell house serves as our medical center and doctor and nurse’s quarters. During Family Camp and for rental groups, Murwell house is available for indoor accommodations. Sleeps 4-8 people.
Also in main camp, lower Shules House is as complete residence with kitchen, living room, 2 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms.
Additional guest rooms are available in upper Shules House. The Pasture View Room sleeps 4-6 with a bathroom just down the hall. The Apartment sleeps 2-3 and has a private bathroom.
Just 7/10ths of a mile down the hill from main camp is the Homestead. The two-room Homestead House is set on the edge of a large green meadow overlooking Hayfork Creek. The Homestead house has a large outdoor covered sleeping porch, woodstove for heat, kitchen, bathroom and shower. Nearby are two platforms and a shower house.
Our workshops and program areas include the:
- Arts and Crafts Shop
- Ceramic Shop
- Curiosity Shop
- Silk Screen Shop
- Out Trip Room
- Gates Gables Kitchen
- Blacksmith Shop
- Auto and Welding Shop
We store hay and tack for the Ranch horses in the Upper and Lower Horse Barns, located a short walk down at the foot of Barn Hill. Nearby is the Milking Barn, with hay storage and milking stanchions for the milk cow. Next-door is the Small Animals Barn with pens for chickens, rabbits, turkeys, goats, and pigs.
Between Main Camp and the barns lies our Upper Garden. Here we use raised beds to grow vegetables and berries. The Upper Garden is also full of flowers, roses and fruit trees. The Homestead Garden, a short walk down the hill from Main Camp, is our main production garden where we grow corn, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and pumpkins.