Mountains, trees, lakes, waterfalls, warm sunshine, and some of the best natural beauty in the world. While this isn’t the Swiss Alps and you won’t hike to Mount Everest, northern California hiking trails offer some of the best scenery and views in the world.
A northern California hiking guide
Picture a canvas with brushstrokes of green and brown going to the top. Painted alongside is a dark blue color washed in mystery. Above is a wisp of white and gray which casts a silhouette over the dark blue abyss. At the bottom we see a golden color stretching across as a tapestry of colors comes together in the distance creating a bright, glorious city.
Northern California hiking trails offer a variety of landscapes and colors. Enjoy the hillsides above the San Francisco Bay or hike along the cliffs of a beach enshrouded in fog.
Head to the northeast and escape to the tranquil mountains of the Sierra Nevadas. Lake Tahoe is one of the most pristine lakes in the world. Its deep blue color is surrounded on all sides as the mountain peaks of Mount Tallac and his brethren keep a watchful eye to preserve its innocence and beauty.
Get away from Tahoe and enter the back roads and highways where trees and lakes are tucked away. There you will discover the Fall colors and small town charm in towns like Hope Valley and Markleeville.
California has hot springs, caves, and a number of lakes as you embark on a journey to discover her hidden beauty. Get the view from above from one of the highest peaks in the area as you look out over the mountains and creation.
Round Top will test your stamina and legs but will reward you with some of the most beautiful lakes in the area, including a long distance view of Lake Take. Just a few miles from South Lake Tahoe, Horsetail Falls may be the most spectacular waterfall not found in Yosemite.
For those who love North Lake Tahoe, the Mt Judah trail offers panoramic views of Donner Lake, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and plenty of lakes and trees from high atop Mt Judah.
Nearby, you can relax with friends or family for a casual stroll through Apple Hill to enjoy some food, easy hikes, and a sense of community.
There’s so much of California to explore when it comes to hiking. Some of the most famous places in the world are here as Yosemite National Park welcomes tourists every year to waterfalls, fertile valleys, and mountain top experiences.
Heading up north, you head towards the highest peak in California – Mount Whitney. Or you can head to the coast and enjoy coastal towns along Highway 1 as you journey to Fort Bragg and Mendocino.
Any time of year is great for visiting California. For me, Fall is my favorite time of year. Many weekend getaways in northern California will allow you to escape and see a different side of this state – far away from the movie stars, beaches, and world famous city by the bay.
Without a doubt, California offers hikers every type of scenery you could imagine. And if a few photos of these places aren’t enough to convince you, come see the canvas of colors and creation that northern California hiking trails have to offer.
Where are you favorite places to hike in northern California?