Northern California December 16, 2016
10 Picturesque Trails In Northern California That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Just because it’s gloomy out doesn’t mean you can’t still get your nature fix! There are so many places in Northern California where you can enjoy nature all year round. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. The Lost Coast Trail, Ferndale
This trail is almost 25 miles long, making it a favorite for longer trekkers who are camping out. It's a great place to just walk down to the ocean, however, and you can easily turn it into a day hike by shortening it down to just a few miles.
2. Arcata Community Forest Loop, Arcata
This 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail is a stunning, easy loop that sees a variety of uses, including dogwalkers and casual nature observers.
3. Feather Falls Loop Trail, Oroville
This is an 8 mile trail that offers up some amazing views of the Feather River Watershed. The compelling canyon views will astound you.
4. Mt Diablo, Grand Loop Trail, Clayton
This 6.1 mile trail skirts the Mount Diablo State Park and on clear days you can see all the way to the Sierra, Mount Shasta, and Mount Lassen. Check it out in late winter and you might be rewarded with a few wildflowers.
5. Tall Trees Grove Trail, Orick
This is a 3.5 mile loop trail that takes you down into a spectacular grove of Redwoods. Be sure to save some energy for the trip back up!
6. Hidden Beach and False Klamath Rock, Klamath
This moderate 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Klamath, CA that features a great forest setting and ocean views.
7. Ladybird Johnson Grove Trail, Orick
Named after the first lady who dedicated the Redwood National Park in 1968, this short but sweet 1.3 mile loop is popular with visitors to the redwoods.
8. Manzanita Lake Loop, Lassen Volcanic National Park
This is a popular beginning snow shoe trail at Lassen, which is known for its snow sports opportunities. It's a 1.6 mile loop and at the time this picture was taken it was still accessible without snowshoes. Contact the park to learn when guided snowshoe tours will be offered this winter.
9. Stagecoach Trail, Auburn
This 3.6 mile trail offers amazing views of the American River and the surrounding foothills. Dogs must be kept on a leash.
10. The South Fork American River Trail, Coloma
This 25 mile trail is another that is actually great to shorten and turn into day hikes. We don't advise camping out on this one, that is frowned on in this area. The trail links several parks located along the river, including Cronan Ranch and the David Moore Nature Area.
Even in the most temperate of climates, it’s important to use more caution in the winter than you would at other times of the year. Bring layers, extra water and snacks and be sure to check the weather forecast before you leave. Aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful place that offers so many opportunities for winter recreation?