When was the last time you took a walk somewhere beautiful? We live in one of the most gorgeous parts of the country when it comes to meandering through the woods, or breathing deeply of some salty ocean air and releasing the tensions we’ve carried after a week of work.
1. Stout Grove Trail
Stout Grove is the world's most scenic stand of redwoods. It's not all that large, and it doesn't have the biggest trees, but for sheer photogenic beauty nothing beats this extraordinary grove on a sunny afternoon.
2. Lassen Peak
A hike that includes a lush meadow, melodious streams and a snow capped mountain in the distance? It's a no-brainer!
3. Trees of Mystery
You can learn a lot about the trees along this trail with informational signage as well as some points with audio. The ride up to the top of the mountain is beautiful. The magnificence of the trees is amazing. But this hike comes at a price. Mother Nature here charges $15 for this hike through the wilderness.
4. Hammond Trail
5 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails by way of a railroad grade, the trail begins at the Hammond Bridge – which crosses the Mad River.
5. Patrick's Point
This hike gives tree-lined trails and an ocean view!
6. Eagle Lake
This 2 mile round trip moderate Eagle Lake trail offers forest, lake and far reaching views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra high country.
7. Ediza Lake Trail
Ediza Lake is a beauty. Day hikers can reach the lake after 7 miles, but if you spend some time hiking along the shore of the lake, your round trip distance could be closer to 15 miles. Which means you burn enough calories for lots of s'mores once you put up camp.
8. Sierra Buttes Trail
As you approach the first ridge, you'll see wildflowers & butterflies galore. Around the bend are the Tamarack Lakes, reflecting the sky, clouds, & trees. A little farther on the trail is Young America lake, which is just as reflective. On a clear day you can see to the Sacramento Valley.
9. Iceberg Lake Trail
John Muir considered the alpine beauty in this area to be unsurpassed by any other terrain in all the range. If you decide to fish or backpack here you will not be disappointed.
10. General Grant Tree Trail
One of the world's largest living trees. President Coolidge proclaimed it the Nation's Christmas tree in 1926. Come for this redwood giant but stay for the adorable creatures!
11. Fern Valley Trail
Dim and quiet, wrapped in mist and silence, the redwoods roof a moist and mysterious world of fern canyons. This trail dares wood fairies to dart out at any second!
12. Siskiyou Wilderness
From the edge of the lake’s calm blue waters there are clear views of massive Mount Shasta and the surrounding mountains. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can hike all of Lake Siskiyou Trail on an over 7-mile loop around the lake. We double-dog dare you!
13. Prairie Creek State Park & Trail
The centerpiece of Prairie Creek is Elk Prairie, a grassy meadow surrounded by giant redwoods standing heroically in the misty coastal sunshine. Often, a herd of Roosevelt elk grazes languidly on the golden prairie. On this hike you might discover what we did here--roots from a fallen tree. Way cool!
14. Founders Grove Trail
The driving force in the creation of the redwoods state and national parks on California’s North Coast was the Save-the-Redwoods League. Founders Grove was selected to memorialize the originators of that league. Expect something special on this easy half mile hike. There is a guide accompanying this trail that is packed with useful information.
15. Salt Point Trail
On the Sonoma County coast north of San Francisco, you will find an awe-inspiring stretch of coastline known as Salt Point State Park. This 6,000-acre park includes a marine reserve that is popular with divers and great oceanfront trails for hikers. You're welcome.
There are more hiking trails in Northern California than you imagine. Trails that lead you to magical places where nature is untainted and our cares are massaged away by the sheer beauty of vistas overlooking majestic mountain peaks, glistening lakes, pebble filled creeks or lazy rivers. The choice is all yours.