Welcome to Trinity -- a little bit of heaven on earth

So... You got here because your curiosity was piqued by one of the ads we placed in several Seattle papers. What's this all about, you ask?

Quite simply, we are looking for someone interested in living in our town, Trinity.

The rub (there is always a rub) is that this is not a traditional job. There is no hourly pay associated with it. It is just an opportunity to live for a period of time in a unique place. Sort of like housesitting a town.

Actually, it is more like a barter proposition. We have a unique place in the Cascades that is blessed with great natural beauty and access to some of the best hiking and camping in Washington state. But its isolation is also its curse: antique hunters and sightseers would consider it fair game if they found it unoccupied.

You (ideally) need a break from city living. You either need some quiet time alone to contemplate your future or to create your magnum opus. Or maybe you've been out-of-work for the last nine months, your landlord is about to put all your worldly possessions out on the street, and you need some breathing room. Or any one of one hundred other reasons that might cause you to want to change your locale or lifestyle for a while.

The barter arrangement, therefore, is a place to live with all utilities provided, and some nominal additional financial help to cover living expenses. In return, during the period of time that you agree to live at Trinity, you agree to spend a majority of your time there. That's all there is to it.


Background and History
Trinity is located in the north-central Cascades, about 45 miles from Leavenworth, WA. It is accessible in the summer via Forest road 6200 from Fish Lake. Depending on traffic, it takes about 3 hours to drive from Seattle to Trinity.

Trinity is the company town established by the Royal Development Company in the early 1920s to support the Red Mountain copper mine. (Read more about its history here.) Mining activities ceased in the 1930s (except for some exploratory work done in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s). Today what remains are four residences, a cabin, a large shed, and the powerhouse. One of these residences would be your home.

Even though Trinity is on the doorstep of thousands of acres of designated Wilderness, the lifestyle is not necessarily primitive. There are some interesting perqs.

Electricity is essentially unlimited. We produce all the power you could ever need on site in the hydroelectric plant. The houses all have electric heat and hot water. All of the appliances are electric as well.

There is no telephone (you are 25 miles from the nearest neighbor), but there is high-speed internet via satellite dish. You can email, surf the web, and keep up with the news on-line. (There is no charge for the satellite internet -- we provide it as the basic Trinity communication system.)

You are at a major intersection of hiking trails that lead to some of the best destinations in the Cascades, such as Spider Meadow and Buck Creek Pass.

Solitude. For the most part, you will be left alone. We come up occasionally on weekends and sometimes for a week at a time to tacke projects, but the rest of the time you will have the place to yourself. You will not be totally alone, however, as there is a National Forest campground a mile away. You will also occasionally see hikers heading up the trails.

And finally, as we said above, we will provide some assistance with living expenses, including food and transportion.

What we are looking for
The ideal person for this role:

How to apply
Still interested? Write us an email telling us about yourself and why you'd like to live at Trinity. Feel free to attach anything that would help us evaluate you, such as a resume or curriculum vitae. Send it to the following address:

If you don't like email or just want to talk to a person, call

Updated 06/12/04

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