7 Easy Hikes That Show You Northern California's Yosemite National Park Without Breaking A Sweat
Famous for its giant sequoia trees and towering granite cliffs, Yosemite National Park is like a mecca for hikers. While trails to iconic landmarks like Half Dome and Yosemite Falls are reserved for more experienced hikers, there’s still plenty of ways to see the best of Yosemite if you’re looking for a casual adventure. These seven easy hikes in Yosemite are perfect for hikers of all skill levels and even families with kids. With these easygoing trails, everybody can experience the grand beauty of this stunning national park in Northern California.
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What are some of the best long hiking trails in Northern California?
Northern California is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of hikes. With so many to choose from, you can essentially choose any difficulty level or length you want. There are plenty of short and sweet hikes, and there are also plenty of longer hikes, too! In this case, a “long” hike means anything more than five miles in length; some of our favorite long hiking trails in Northern California include the Vernal and Nevada Falls via Mist Trail hike, which is six miles long and 150% scenic through and through. The Half-Dome via the John Muir Trail is super long, coming in at 15 challenging miles, but it’s also got some of the most ridiculously amazing views and landscapes you’ll ever see in your life. It’s literally worth getting fit enough to do one of these hikes to actually do them, we promise! The Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is also long and wonderful (it’s 7.6 miles long). Need something a little shorter? Check out this list of 13 short and scenic hiking trails in Northern California.
What are the best parks in Northern California for nature hikes?
The best answer to this is obviously our ridiculously amazing state and national parks! Of course, local parks are awesome, too, and there are some that tend to poke out above the others in terms of awesome natural beauty. Then, there are the other spots that aren’t quite state or national parks but are still pretty special, like the amazing Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve, near Guerneville, where you can see incredible redwood trees without the hustle and bustle of the crowds at the more popular national parks. Hiking among these giants is a truly humbling experience! It makes you realize how tiny you are in the scope of all things. Hidden Falls Regional Park near Auburn is also home to some amazing views and some excellent hikes, as well as the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. No matter where you go, honestly, the hiking will be wonderful – this is Northern California, after all.