• Established

    1900. Guest ranch since 1946
  • Owner

    Bill & Ruth Hartman
  • Manager

    Bill & Ruth Hartman
  • Tel

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $236 - $356
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $125 - $276
  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Maximum Guests

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    California Hotel & Lodging Assoc, Trinity County Chamber of Commerce

Relax, Unwind and Unplug enjoying the picture-postcard views of snow-capped mountains awaiting you at our 367 acre guest ranch nestled in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area of Northern California. Coffee Creek, an excellent trout stream, runs wild for half a mile through the ranch. We are located 72 miles NW of Redding, 8 miles above Trinity Lake. So many amenities and activities to enjoy. Bringing families together was our goal many years ago, while sharing our chosen lifestyle, where the beauty of the outdoors blends into our friendly NH Branch of Western Hospitality!

Good time to go

For families with children when the supervised children's program is available. Couples enjoy our Romantic Weekend Adventures. Adults who want to learn about Natural Horsemanship, then we suggest the Clinic Weeks, which are also adult weeks only. If you want to learn about cooking or learn a new cuisine, then join Ruth in the kitchen for some lessons.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 3 and over

We offer supervised summer children's programs, sometimes the older kids just want to hang out around the corral and the horses. Activities involving the guns, archery, and creekside activities are supervised. We do encourage the parents to tag along if they want and they might find that gold nugget. Yes, they get to keep their gold they find!

Minimum age children can ride

6 and over

Arts & Crafts

coloring, pinata making, rock painting, paint a horse, face painting


hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo, floating, supervised swimming, archery, rifle range, trapshooting (teens), fishing, gold panning,


scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, sack races

Baby Sitting

From age 0 to 12. Hourly cost $12.00.

Baby Sitting Provided By

Ranch staff or children's counselors.

Environmental & Social Practices


We recycle glass, plastic, and cans. Led bulbs are used throughout the ranch. We compost for the garden.


We support the Coffee Creek volunteer fire dept. and Trinity High School. As a Trinity County Chamber of Commerce member we keep abreast of all the issues related to businesses in the county and support events to help promote tourism. Gifts certificates to help support PBS television is given to the Redding station and the Santa Rosa station.

Ranch History

In 1900 the ranch was started by building a barn that became the place for the miners to stay while waiting out the winter snows. Wells Fargo ran a stage stop at the ranch from 1902 to 1933 to pick up all the gold, after Ben Pinkham built Pinkham’s Boarding House in 1901 with 17 rooms.

From 1902 to 1909 it was a U S. Postal office called “Coffee” California. It was the official town of Coffee with an assayer’s office, pack station, boarding house and a school. The ranch was the first school in Coffee Creek from 1903 to 1918 with a bell ringing the start of the school day. That same bell, dated 1886, still sits on top of the existing ranch house today still calling the guests to lunch and dinner every day we are open.


  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together
  • Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free, other

Food and wine must go together like bread and butter. With that said I prefer to recommend what you like to drink. There is no hard and fast rule you must drink red wine with red meat or white wine with chicken. Bread can have more than just plain butter and personally as your Chef I prefer herb garlic butter on my homemade bread! My favorite red wine is Cabernet Sauvignon and white is Wente Brothers Grey Riesling. We also have award winning local wineries stocked in the bar.

Food should always be fresh and organic whenever possible. Food is where we obtain all our nutrients and trace minerals daily. Our menu is designed with that in mind. All meals are prepared from scratch with dietary restrictions per guest’s requests.

Guest Favourites

  • Buttermilk Pancakes
  • Cheesecake with fresh strawberries
  • Steak Fry on Boulder Creek

Your Chef, Ruth Hartman

Ruth is one of the owners and has been cooking since she was 7 years old. Her mother, Doris, taught her basic skills and the rest she learned from 6 years of Home Ec classes in Jr High and High School. Cooking on and off since 1976 at the ranch with various chefs over the years added to her knowledge. While on the California Hotel & Lodging Association Board, she helped keep our right to eat an over easy egg for breakfast! The board helped set guidelines for the current Food & Safety laws we use today. Ruth has her Serve-Safe certificate.

Her passion is serving healthy ranch-style foods fresh from her neighbors’ gardens or her own and bringing it to the table. We will be adding "melt in your mouth" Kobe beef to our menu this year. Ranch food is all cooked from scratch from old family recipes. Most requested recipe is Ruth's to die for cheesecake! Our buttermilk pancake recipe is from WWII and you'll just have to come to ranch to find out the history behind the recipe and taste a pancake that doesn't need syrup!

Sample Menu

  • Appetizers

  • Homemade Guacamole & Corn Salsa with Corn Chips & Complimentary Wine
  • Ranch Cheeseball & Crackers with Complimentary Wine
  • Fresh fruit & various Cheeses with crackers
  • Entrées

  • Chateaubriand (Kobe beef) smothered in sautéed mushrooms & cherry tomatoes, Parmesan crusted potatoes, fresh veggies, Au Jus, Baby Shrimp salad & homemade bread
  • Bourbon Bar-B-Q ST Louis pork ribs, baked beans, special ranch coleslaw, marinated veggies, "nipple" rolls, Shrimp bowl with hot sauce, applesauce
  • Turkey & Honey Ham, garlic mashed potatoes, OJ sweet potatoes, sauted green beans/w pecans, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, rolls & soufflé stuffing
  • Italian Buffet: Vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan, Meat, Marinara & Alfredo sauce, Cheese Tortellini, Homemade Italian bread, Antipasto tray, Caesar Salad & Herbed garlic butter
  • Desserts

  • Homemade hand cranked ice cream
  • Crazy cake (a chocolate cake from the 1930's)
  • Dutch Apple Pie


  • Address

    4310 Coffee Creek Rd
    Trinity Center
    California/Trinity Alps Wilderness Northern CA
  • Remote Location

  • Elevation

    3100 ft ft
  • Private Land

    250-1000 acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k

Nearest Town - Weaverville, CA

Weaverville, CA has a population of 3500 (approx), and is situated 48 miles / 1 hour 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Weaverville, CA include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Weaverville, CA offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops.

Rental car


Nearest Airports

Redding Municipal Airport (RDD), Redding. CA


86 miles / 2 hours


United Express

Ranch shuttle

$275 per car

Rental car


Rogue Valley International Airport (MFR), Medford


125 miles / 2 hours 30 mins


Delta, United, Allegiant, Horizon, Alaska

Ranch shuttle

$275 per car

Rental car


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Private planes can fly into Trinity Center

Travel by



13 miles

Ranch shuttle

yes free of charge


  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests
  • Max riders per ride

  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guest Horses

  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Draft, Paints, Geldings, Mares
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours
    Evening - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (250-1000 acres)

We have 367 acres of private land.  The ranch location is a river canyon with mountains all around.  Riding away from the ranch means going up the mountain into a mixed conifer forest of pines, cedars, and Doug fir trees sprinkled with deciduous trees of maples, dogwoods, madrones, wild elderberry and apple trees that lend their fall color to the scenery.  A short hike for blackberry picking will net you a delicious pie from the kitchen!

Public Land (more than 50k acres)

Trinity Alps Wilderness Area is adjacent to our ranch with over a million acres, 542 hiking and riding trails and 42 alpine lakes.  Granite peaks are the norm above the tree line and we can access 12 lakes from the ranch.  Highlight of the week is the all-day ride to a lake in the back country.  You ride on old gold mining trails in the forest with creeks everywhere.

Our Riding

Scheduled rides

We do offer breakfast rides, half-day rides with a pack lunch, all-day rides, one or two hour rides.  Please see website for more information.

Unscheduled rides

A ride may be given with a lesson or in the spring and fall the guests can request a different time to ride and pick their trail destination.

Guided rides

All rides are guided.

Unguided rides

Not available.

Program rides

During clinics.

Riding Freedom

Due to our steep narrow mountain trails we do ride nose to tail for safety.  We lope on Forest Service roads.

Good to know

We request the Guests who want to lope need to show the wrangler in the arena that they are able to handle their horse.

Weight limit for riding

225-250 lbs

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight

Hours in the saddle

On Monday nights we schedule an after dinner ride in the summer season when it is twilght.  That day we have a long morning ride to an old gold mine and come back to the ranch for a hamburger cookout.

Why our riding stands out

  • Our horses are ranch bred and raised. We know which horse is the best for each guest according to their experience level.
  • Our wranglers take time teach a guest about grooming and safety. We then encourage our adult guests to groom their horse for the week with safety in mind. Children are included in these corral lessons so they are aware, but it is at the discretion of the wranglers to evaluate each child to safely participate in the grooming process.
  • We consider our ranch to be a great ranch for beginner riders to enjoy the outdoors atop a horse.

Sample Riding Itinerary

SATURDAY: Morning 10:00 am - 12:00 noon    Afternoon:  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

SUNDAY:  Morning  Breakfast Ride  8:00am - 11:00 am  Afternoon:  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

MONDAY:  Morning:  Picnic Ride  9:30 am - 12:30 pm  Afternoon:  Twilight Ride  (time varies)

TUESDAY:  Morning:  Breakfast Ride  8:00 am - 11:00 am  Afternoon:  Swim Ride  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

WEDNESDAY:  All day ride to a Wilderness Lake or  Half-day ride (time varies)

THURSDAY:  Morning:  Breakfast Ride  8:00 am - 11:00 am   Afternoon:  Gymkhana  2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Riding Lessons


lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons

Given by

wrangler, horse trainer


on the trail, in the arena

Natural Horsemanship Clinic


Jim Grosbeck


Clinics occur yearly, Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail

Focuses on

Advanced horsemanship lessons are giving by our horse trainer during our clinic weeks in the late summer and fall seasons.

Clinic is included in the special weekly package on clinic weeks.

Pack Trips

Please see website for all the types of pack trips we offer...camping, fishing, hunting in season.

Arena Work

We give lessons in the arena.


outdoor arena


barrels, pole bending, gymkhana


  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $236 - $356
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $125 - $276
  • Nightly Rates (non-rider)

    $125 - $316
  • Nightly Rates (nanny)

  • Minimum Stay

    4 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Western rustic chic

Coffee Creek Ranch can cater for up to 40 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Lodges. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | View Cottage

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

5 nights


A two bedroom two bath (tub/shower & stall shower) cabin located close to the ranch house.  The deck overlooks Coffee Creek, the pool and spa.  It has an all-American theme of red, white and blue.  It is the most requested cabin with a river rock fireplace and a gas heater.




Private bathroom


seating area, wood fireplace

Cabin | Crazy E

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

4 nights


A two story with two bedrooms, one and half bathrooms (jacuzzi tub/shower combo).  A wood buring stove is in the king bedroom with an adjacent deck overlooking the lawn area below.  A Chinese theme is in the KIng room and western motiff downstairs with a gas heater. 




Private bathroom


seating area, wood fireplace


jetted tub in bath

Cabin | Chinook

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

3 nights


A two bedroom 1 bath cabin located in the trees above the rec room.  You feel like you are in a treehouse.  Chinook means the wind so everything is decorated with birds. A gas heater is located in the bunk room.




Private bathroom


wood fireplace

Cabin | Skookum

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

4 nights


A two bedroom one bath tub/shower combo located near the ranch house. Skookum means "good luck" which you need riding broncs!  Horses are everywhere in the cabin. A gas heater to keep you warm.




Private bathroom


seating area

Lodge | Bootjack

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

3 nights


Is located on the veranda of the ranch house and is a one bedroom one bath (tub/shower) for the handicap.  Laminate floor for wheelchair access.  A boot collage decorates the wall.  The tundle bed will convert to a king size.




Private bathroom


seating area

Cabin | Box C

Rates (Per Person)

$256 - $316

Minimum Stay

3 nights


The Oregon Trail adorns this 2 bedroom 1 bath (tub/shower combo) cabin.  It is located in the apple orchard above View Cottage.  Two decks one in the front and one off the queen room.  Wood burning stove in queen room and a gas heater in twin room.




Private bathroom


seating area, wood fireplace

Booking Policy


A deposit of $500.00 PER PERSON must accompany each weekly booking. The balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival date. If you cancel your reservation before the due date, your payment will be refunded, less a $250.00 SERVICE CHARGE PER PERSON.

For daily bookings a deposit of $100.00 per night per person is required. Again the remaining balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. If you cancel your reservation before the due date, your payment will be refunded, less a $50.00 PER NIGHT SERVICE CHARGE PER PERSON.

If you cancel less than 30 days, a refund less the service charge, will be made only if the reservation is filled by another guest.

If you prefer, you can apply your monies toward another date up to the following year.


Included in your stay

meals, activities, lodging, Riding, Supervised Children's program, WiFi & cell service, SAT TV (in dining room only)



Pony Room (beer & wine bar), washer/dryer, Special Riding & ammo for guns (you can bring your own guns & ammo-check with office on details before arrival), Trading Post (gift shop). Massage (see below), Boat rentals on Trinity Lake, guided fly fishing. Room tax: 5% Meal Tax: 7.25% Room Tax is 5% and Meal Tax is 7.25%


Gratuities are optional & based on how we serve you. Suggested tip is 10-15%


We can arrange for a CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) to come to the ranch for these services. Arrangements should be made prior to arrival or at the latest upon arrival.


Not available at this time.

Guided Fly Fishing

Arrangements need to be made prior to arrival. We have a list of guides you can call for lessons and guiding.


The Pony Room is a beer and wine bar only. You can bring your own wine, we do charge a corkage fee of $10 when served or consumed in the diningroom. No hard liquor is allowed in the dining room, but you can consume any where else on the premises and in your cabin.


  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi, telephone.
  • Cell Networks

  • Business Services

    Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers.



Ranch gift shop for bandanas, hats, t-shirts, souvenirs, books, pictures, gold pans, jewelry and more!

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, tennis, bird watching, Shooting - trap / clays

Water based Activities

outdoor pool, hot tub, lake water sports, river floating

Fishing & Wildlife

It is best if you bring your own fishing gear as the spin rods are reserved for the children's program.  Coffee Creek is right out your cabin door for spin or fly casting for native Rainbow Trout.  Upper Trinity River is about 7 miles down the road off Hyw 3 north.  The Dreger Pond in about the ame going south.  Both locations are stocked with Rainbow Trout.  Trintiy Lake offers boat rental for large and small mouth bass, King salmon, and catfish.

Fishing on offer

spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, equipment available, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment


We have lots of wildlife from raccoons, squirrels, 247 species of birds,including Bald Eagles and Osprey, flying squirrels, bobcats, bears and mountain lions. A pair of Osprey fly back every year to a dead snag to have their young about 1/2 mile from the ranch.

Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 30-40.

We have a conference room that will seat 40 in a classroom setting.


We can cater for groups of 40-50.

WE can accomodate up to 250 on site for a day wedding, but for guests to stay on premises it is limited to 50.

Local Attractions

Jake Jackson Memorial Museum

If you like history, you’ll love this museum.  The museum has several exhibits of which the blacksmith shop and Paymaster Stamp Mill are the most popular.  In the early years in Weaverville there were six to eight blacksmith shops in town.  After the last smithy died in 1936 every building was dismantled and taken down.  The Trinity County Historical Society to rebuild a replica of the last shop which was completed next to the main museum in 1989.

The Paymaster Stamp Mill replicates the only working steam powered stamp mill on the west coast.  A stamp mill would pound gold into bricks with their special ID for the San Francisco mint to keep track of the owners.  When it is in operation the mill whistle blows.  Some stamp mills were located within the gold dredgers, as was the Coffee Creek-Carrville Dredge. 


45 miles / 1 hour

Rental car


Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds

The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.



45 miles / 1 hour

Rental car


Bowerman Barn

Bowerman Barn, built in 1878 by Jacob Bowerman, stands today as an outstanding example of a late 19th century hand-crafted structure. The barn (along with 155 acres of land surrounding it) was acquired by the Forest Service in 1974, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant for its historic association with the growth and development of local commerce and agriculture. Few other barns remaining in Northern California rival Bowerman Barn in age or state of preservation. The barn is located between Covington Mill and Bowerman Boat Ramp on the outskirts of Trinity Center. 


18 miles / 30 mins

Rental car


Our comments


  • Located in a beautiful mountain Valley in the Trinity Mountains of Northern California
  • Super young and energetic hosts welcoming guests, especially families of all ages
  • Guests enjoy the scenery of a gorgeous riverside setting
  • The ranch has been in the same family since the 1970s


  • It's a long drive if you're coming from the San Francisco Bay area
  • The cabins are full of rustic charm, but could perhaps benefit from an upgrade

Visitor Reviews

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Unplugged Vacation for Two.

My husband and I visited Coffee Creek Ranch last week. The hospitality here is delightful. We hiked the Boulder Creek trail, got to see two Alpine lakes and beautiful Trinity Alps. We felt safe hiking knowing they would send someone out to look for us if we didn't return on time. Danielle provided us with maps. We got a ride to the trailhead and delicious packed lunches. Ruth's meals were tasty, generous and took our dietary preferences into consideration. Loved learning about the history of the ranch. The staff was friendly and helpful. We felt very safe at night with the German shepherds on guard. We hope to return soon.

5 stars

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