You don’t have to be in tip-top shape to enjoy a hike. In Northern California we have hiking trails for all kinds of folks. Take an easy jaunt or spend a whole day hiking into nature’s solitude, you have choices here. This list will give you lots of options. When it comes to a beautiful hike, we’ve got your back. That’s how awesome we are.
1. The Lost Coast Trail
100 miles of roadless beauty, nothing else shouts adventure like hiking around these parts.
2. Moro Rock Trail
According to a source, "Moro Rock is a granite dome rock formation in Sequoia National Park, California, United States. It is located in the center of the park, at the head of Moro Creek, between Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow." Looks like a winner to me.
3. Pear Lake Trail
11.7 mile moderately difficult and heavily trafficked trail near Sequoia National Park. This trail is only open from June through October so now's your chance!
4. Crystal Cave Trail
Since we're already in the Sequioia National forest, how about we head over to Crystal Cave Trail? If you're into stalagmites and stalactites then you've just found cave-heaven. Not all hiking trails are under the sun, some wind and weave us through marble polished by subterranean streams.
5. Lake Chabot Trail
Lake Chabot is easily accessed by way of Castro Valley. While this area may be highly populated, it's still got a gem here for fishing and hiking. The trail is moderate and the loop is a little over 10 miles. Feeling up to it?
6. Miner's Trail - Black Diamond Mines
Are you anywhere near Antioch? Then stop here. Biking, walking and hiking are all welcome sights by the heavily trafficked trail that leads you to a cave and this type of beauty. 4.7 miles is all you're looking at.
7. Mt. Diablo Trail
This trailhead is deceptive. From the reviews this is one tough trail. It's a 13 mile loop if your goal is to reach the summit. I remember driving up Mt. Diablo (not on the trail) years ago and couldn't believe the difference in weather when we reached the top--windy and cold! Not for the faint of heart. But, seriously, what did you expect--when a mountain is named after the devil?
8. Alum Rock Trail
San Jose is home to the oldest California State Park. This beauty looks fantastic for being close to 150 years old. Alum Rock Park has quite a few trails ranging from easy to moderate and from 2 to 6 miles. But, we're pretty sure the guy who brought the bike is cheating. Hiking is not biking.
When life starts to get you down, you need to take a hike. There’s nothing that cures the stress of work and family like a walk into the wilderness for a little while. Ahhhh, nature. We thank you!