Northern California Hikes
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Where can I find some less crowded Northern California hikes?
From one end of the Golden State to the other, you can hike any kind of terrain, in any kind of weather. Northern California's fir and pine forests and high mountain peaks like Mount Shasta are wonderful hiking destinations. In fact, there are some lesser known parks in Northern California where you can avoid the crowds and still enjoy some awesome California hikes.
- Mt. Lassen, outside Susanville, is a wonderful weekend location. On most weekends, if you arrive early, you can still find a campsite, and there are hikes the whole family will love. Try "Bumpass Hell," and show the kids real, boiling mud pots, they'll love it!
- Mount Shasta is also a great destination, there are plenty of hikes all through the Shasta-Trinity area, and it can be far less congested than parks closer to the Bay Area.
- On the coast, head up to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, north of Eureka, and enjoy cool shady paths under towering old-growth redwoods. Many of the hikes here are easy and short—perfect for the entire family. Look for herds of elk along the shoreline as you drive through the park.
- Devil's Postpile is located near Mammoth Lakes, and it's a great summertime park. The kids will enjoy the massive rock formations, and hiking around them is a real experience. There are many trails outside the park as well, and the Pacific Crest Trail passes right through the park.
Experiencing Northern California
hikes can be breathtaking, and there are so many choices, there's no reason not to enjoy a Northern California
hike this weekend!