The name "Hyampom" is said to have derived from a Wintu language term xaayin-pom, meaning "slippery place."
There are many small beaches and swimming holes along the wild and scenic river. The small valley in the Trinity mountains has a small landing strip, the South Fork Trinity River and Hayfork Creek.
The main industries for employment are tourism, wine making, the local school, county road department and a children's camp, the Bar 717. In the 1970s, the community was home to the saw mill of Jack BeeBe - the large teepee burner of the sawmill is still standing today. The mill employed a number of workers, with "camp" style housing for the families.
The public school only has classes through eighth grade. High school children ride the bus twenty four miles one way on the winding mountain road to Hayfork every weekday to attend classes.
In the state legislature Hyampom is located in the 4th Senate District, represented by Republican Sam Aanestad, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Hyampom is located in California's 2nd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +13 and is represented by Republican Wally Herger.