11 Amazing Northern California Hikes Under 2 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

You don’t have to be an extreme mountaineer to love nature. It’s just as much fun to go for a short walk in the woods as it is to go on a long hike. All throughout the state, you’ll find gorgeous loops and short overlook trails that only take a little bit of time to complete—and they’re just as stunning as the more rigorous hikes Northern California is known for. Here are 11 of our favorite short trails that pack a lot of scenery into a smaller package. We know you are going to love them as they are some of the best hikes in Northern California.

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Have you ever hiked any of these best hikes in Northern California? What other gorgeous hikes are there in Northern that are less than two miles? Share your experiences and suggestions with us!

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Best Hikes In Northern California

April 03, 2022

What are some of the easiest hikes in Northern California?

While there are certainly some difficult hikes around NorCal, there are also some rather easy ones that are equally as scenic. For example, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is known for its towering ancient redwoods which you can explore along one of a few easy trails. You can take in stunning views of Lake Tahoe along the 1.6-mile Floating Island Lake Trail. You can learn about these and more in this article.

What are some of the best campgrounds in Northern California?

While you can always find a campground in the woods, why not try something different and go camping on the beach instead? In our article, 12 Spectacular Spots In Northern California Where You Can Camp Right On The Beach, you’ll learn where to reserve a spot on the sand for the night. 

Are there any kid-friendly hikes in Northern California?

There are so many places we would love to bring our children to explore and that includes the great outdoors. Luckily there are plenty of trails under one mile that are easy enough for kids to hike. Located in Putah Creek Wildlife Area, the 0.7-mile Pleasants Ridge Trail offers an easy trek up a hill where you will be rewarded with gorgeous landscape views. You can find out more in this post.