Northern California May 29, 2017
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.
1. Ka Kahleh Trail, Noyo
Coming in at just about 2 miles, this lovely out and back trail near Noyo is good for walking, trail running, birding, and road biking and is accessible year-round. If you visit this time of year, you might see some wildflowers, as well.
2. Holbrook Grove and Eel River, Redway
This 1.1 mile trail is a scenic stroll along the water that will have you catching your breath. You might even see some fly fishing men and women out on the river when you get there. This is a fun little spot you will fall in love with.
3. Belinda Point Trail, Fort Bragg
Not only can you see the dramatic coastal features this hike is known for, you might also catch a glimpse of some wildlife playing in the waters below. The 1 mile trail is located just south of the Mendocino Botanical Gardens.
4. Upper Salmon Lake Trail, Sierra City
Don't underestimate this 1.4 mile hike, especially if you aren't used to the elevation! The trail follows along the curve of Salmon Lake, so you have views of the water for basically the whole hike.
5. Hoyt Trail, Nevada City
This popular 1.6 mile trail along the Yuba River is a scenic spot. It leads to a swimming hole when the water levels on the river are safe to jump in. We don't advise that this year, however. The rivers still have way too much water and are far too cold for swimming.
6. Dave Moore Loop, Coloma
This 1.1 mile nature loop near Coloma was specifically designed for wheelchairs and walkers. It is accessible year round. From this photo, you are looking down on the American river where the Dave Moore Loop goes straight to the water. Be careful of swift currents this year!
7. Montgomery Grove Trail, Montgomery
This 1.9 mile trail through the stunning redwood forests of Montgomery Grove is just incredible. It's relatively uncrowded, too.
8. Potem Falls Trail, Montgomery Creek
You only have to walk .4 mile along this trail before you are rewarded by the jaw dropping views of Potem Falls. The falls crash into a lovely pool that makes a great swimming hole if you dare to brave the cold water.
9. Kangaroo Lake Trail, Callahan
This 1.1 mile trail takes you to the sparkling blue waters of Kangaroo Lake. You will be impressed with the well maintained, handicap accessible trail here.
10. Burney Falls Loop Trail, Burney
This 1 mile trail allows you to take in the surrounding forest before stopping and beholding one of the greatest landmarks in Northern California. Burney Falls is spectacular, and everyone should hike this easy path to view it.
11. Hidden Lake Trail, Forks of Salmon
This 1.7 mile trail is short and well groomed, and the pretty Hidden Lake is well worth the effort. Expect a little bit of steepness towards the end of the hike.
Have you ever hiked any of these trails? What other gorgeous hikes are there in Northern that are less than two miles? Share your experiences and suggestions with us!