Sometimes you’re in the mood for getting out and experiencing the great Northern California outdoors, but you’re short on time. Fortunately for us, our state is home to numerous short and easy hikes that are perfect for taking a quick adventure when the mood strikes. Not only that, but these trails boast some seriously epic views that you’ll never forget and are some of the best hikes in Northern California. How many of these beautiful trails have you accomplished?

What easy hikes would you add to this list? Check out our list of 11 Of The Best Northern California Hikes Under 2 Miles for more simple and fast hikes.

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Best Hikes In Northern California

What are the best scenic hikes in Northern California?

California is known for its scenic beaches and deserts, and Northern California is no different. However, many of the most scenic views in Northern California are among the seaside cliffs overlooking the ocean and are unlike those in the rest of California. If you are looking for some of the best scenic hikes in Northern California, look no further.

Devil’s Slide Trail

If you are looking for a bit of an easier hike, Devil’s Slide Trail in Pacifica is the one for you. This hiking trail was actually created out of the old Highway 1 that traveled down the California coastline and brings you along the cliffs towering over the Pacific Ocean. This 1.3 mile trail has plenty of benches and even observation scopes so you can rest and get better views of the beautiful coastline below. This trail is also popular with bikers looking for wonderful views.

Rubicon Trail

The Rubicon Trail is a long 16.4 mile hike found in D. L. Bliss State Park near South Lake Tahoe. This long meandering hike will have you looking over the beautiful Lake Tahoe for the entire hike as you hike through forests, meadows, and around little coves that you can find around the edges of the lake. If the weather is right, these little coves are perfect for a quick mid-hike swim where you can take a break and cool off with views unlike any you’ve seen before.

Yosemite Falls Trail

You can’t make a list of the most scenic Northern California Hikes without mentioning Yosemite. The Yosemite Falls Trail in Yosemite National Park gives you incredible views of the waterfalls, El Capitan, and Half Dome, all in one 7 mile hike that you won’t want to miss. While it’s not an easy hike, the views will be well worth the effort.

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