A True Hidden Gem, Glacially Formed Castle Lake Is Perfect For Northern California Nature Lovers
In Northern California, there’s no shortage of natural beauty – especially when it comes to Castle Lake. From the ocean to the mountains to the deserts and everything in between, you’ll find scores of amazing spots that’ll take your breath away. Among these amazing locales is a plethora of lesser-known areas well worth a visit, including Castle Lake, one of the best lakes in NorCal and a true hidden gem for nature lovers.
Although anytime is a good time to come to Castle Lake, it is most popular from about May through October.
Have you been to Castle Lake? If so, we’d love to see your photos and hear about your experience there. You can also tell us about your other Northern California lakes via our nomination form for the chance to see your suggestions featured in an upcoming article! While in the area, consider checking out nearby Castle Crags State Park, which offers a variety of hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking, opportunities.
Check out this YouTube video by us at OnlyInYourState to learn about a breathtaking phenomenon at Yosemite National Park’s Horsetail Falls that only happens for two weeks out of the entire year:
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Natural Beauty In Northern California & Related Info
What are the most beautiful lakes in NorCal?
Besides Castle Lake, the most beautiful lakes in NorCal are:
- Sardine Lake
Tucked away in the Sierra Mountains between the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests, this tree-lined lake is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, and mountain biking.
The second-deepest lake in the country, Lake Tahoe is a household name in Northern California - and for good reason. Not only does it offer all sorts of water recreation opportunities, but it's also stunningly beautiful.
- Volcano Lake
Remote and secluded, Volcano Lake is nestled just off the Pacific Crest Trail near the town of Bassetts. It's an ideal destination for those in search of peace and quiet, as only the sounds of nature can be heard here.
What are the best waterfall hikes in NorCal?
If you love waterfalls as much as I do, you'll adore the best waterfall hikes in NorCal:
- Boy Scout Tree Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
As if hiking through the tallest trees on earth wasn't enough already, this 5.3-mile hike leads to the gorgeous Fern Falls, which looks like a tropical paradise with its lush surroundings.
- Eagle Lake Trail, Lake Tahoe
Clocking in at just two miles round-trip, Eagle Lake Trail is almost too easy - especially considering the breathtaking views it offers. The trail leads to Eagle Falls, which is widely considered to be one of the region's most beautiful waterfalls. Hikers can also enjoy a pristine lake, panoramic vistas of Emerald Bay, and more.
- Crystal Creek Falls Trail, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
This incredible hike leads to not just one, but two remarkably beautiful waterfalls.