Follow This Abandoned Railroad Trail For One Of The Most Unique Hikes In Northern California

It’s no secret that Northern California was a hot spot of railroad activity back in the day. However, many of the old railroad grades that were once roaring with life have sat untouched for decades. So, what is there to do? Turn it into an epic hiking trail, of course! The El Dorado Trail offers several miles of scenic beauty alongside the historic railroad grade that runs through the county. Containing everything from bridges and tunnels to wide-open expanses, the railroad trail offers a unique adventure that’s bound to leave an impression on you. It’s one of the best hikes in Northern California and we think you’ll love it like we do!

Have you hiked this unique railroad trail yet? This is such a great way to transform those old abandoned rails in our state. Don’t forget to check out one of the most iconic rail-to-trail hikes when you read about This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In Northern California.

Address: El Dorado Trail, Diamond Springs, CA, USA
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Best Hikes in Northern California

March 06, 2022

What are some great kid-friendly hikes around Northern California?  

We typically define a kid-friendly hike as one that’s under two miles long and is rated as easy; that way, most little ones can do it without an issue. There are many kid-friendly hikes around Northern California that everyone is sure to love; some of our favorite ones include the Pleasants Ridge Trail, in Winters, which is less than one-mile long (0.7 miles) and features truly breathtaking views. Then, there’s Patrick’s Point Trail, near Trinidad, which is 0.2 miles long and offers ridiculously awe-inspiring views of the coast, and the amazing Stout Memorial Grove Trail near Crescent City is known for its epic Redwood trees along the way. For more information about these trails and a few more, check out this previous article of Northern California’s best kid-friendly hikes under one mile in length.  

What are some nice, easy hikes in Northern California?  

Northern California is a wonderland for hikers, even those who would rather keep it easy instead of get crazy with the hiking thing. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds (if not thousands) of wonderful, low-key, easy hikes in Northern California. Some of our favorites include awesome trails like the Flanagan and Chamise Peak Trail, near Redding, which offers incredible mountain views (including of the nearby Mt. Shasta). While near Mt. Shasta, you’ll also want to check out the Lake Siskiyou Trail, which not only offers great views of the peaks but also the lake mentioned in the moniker. Cascade Falls Trail near Tahoma is ridiculously amazing, and at just under a mile and a half long, it’s the perfect morning hike for when you don’t have a lot of time. As long as you know where to look, you’re bound to find an amazing hike somewhere in beautiful Northern California.  


Address: El Dorado Trail, Diamond Springs, CA, USA