While I love exploring Sacramento, I want to check out many more northern California hiking trails this year.
Surprisingly, there are a number of incredible hikes that I still haven’t done. Northern California hiking trails range from easy to strenuous with views of lakes, oceans, trees, canyons, fields, and more.
In my northern California hiking guide, I talk about the various trails near Lake Tahoe where people can hike. However, one place I didn’t mention is a short, moderate hike that many people compare to Yosemite.
This past weekend I had the chance to experience one of the best hikes northern California has to offer – Horsetail Falls.
In my 11 years of living here, I can’t believe I had never done this hike. As the snow melts each winter, water tumbles down this ridge nearly 800 feet below as it zigs and zags to Pyramid Creek.
Unlike most waterfalls, every step you hike up Horsetail Falls showcases a different view as the twists and turns give you a greater appreciation of its beauty and power as the water tumbles and roars past you.
While this hike is short, it’s not without adventure. You will traverse across slabs of granite, cross over water and streams, and scale over rocks and around bushes to reach Horsetail Falls.
The best time to visit is in early Spring or summer when the Falls are at their peak. During this time of year, Pyramid Creek is more like a raging river than a bumbling brook. However, the views at every turn will reward your efforts and give you plenty of opportunities to stop and look at the scenery all around you.
If you love the northern California hiking trails and want to see beautiful waterfalls and valleys that hide in the shadow of Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada mountains, check out this video travel guide to one of the best northern California hiking trails around – Horsetail Falls.