JUNCTION CITY, CALIF.--The rugged countryside along California Highway 299 between Redding and Arcata twists and turns through some of the wildest, most beautiful nature this side of Paradise. Junction City is located at approx. 1900' elevation in Trinity County, running closely along the Trinity River at the confluence of Canyon Creek. Because of the natural resources, tourism is mostly comprised of fishing, tubing, camping and hiking. Canyon Creek Trail leads into the Trinity Alps from Junction City, which serves as the primary entry point for mountain adventures. There actually is some gold panning on the Trinity River, part of the region's gold rush legacy remains.
One of the nearly forgotten events putting Junction City on the map was the filming of the movie, "Gold is Where You Find it." In 1938 Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains, George Brent, Gabby Hayes and other celebrities gathered in nearby Weaverville to celebrate the Warner Brothers' release filmed in Technicolor.
In addition to a few diners, coffee houses and cabin-style hotels, travelers from around the globe make their way in small numbers to Rigdzin Ling, a temple for Chagdud Gonpa Foundation in North America. The Thai Buddhist temple is open to the public daily and has a gift store, though they advise to call ahead before going. See: chagdudgonpa.com