Hiking trails in northern California Mountains offers a variety of terrain for the novice to the expert hiker. Besides the weather, the California Mountains offer a taste of the forgotten wilderness from forests to rugged slopes with challenging inclines.
The High Sierra and the San Gabriel mountains are where you can select from a hundred different types of hiking trails choosing length, difficulty and elevations. If you are a coastal lover, your will find the most breath taking hiking trails along the coast of Northern California.
Enjoy the dramatic settings, erratic terrains completely absent of modern technology in the middle of nature, demanding your complete attention. Along the coast there are miles of protected coastlines to hike. Be part of nature’s isolation and discover the scenery that brought early settlers westward.
The Sierra mountain range spans 400 miles from northern to southern California. Lake Tahoe sits to the west of the range and is a popular spot for hikers during the warm weather season. The Tahoe Rim trail offers 165 miles with elevations starting at 6200 feet to over 10,000 feet.
Ritter Range is a volcanic ridge just outside of Yosemite’s boundary. The trails are set up for the hiker who enjoys camping as well as the long distance hiker. You will find the back country quiet with a calmness that will be etched into your mind forever. Be part of the impact that affected the early American wilderness advocates, like John Muir and Ansel Adams.
The Pacific Crest Trail has been a favorite for the seasoned hiker. Trails take you through areas completely isolated from all human contact. It’s a true test of survival, climbing some of the biggest mountain passes and bypassing spectacular lakes.
Moving further north is the Russian River, home to a wide variety of ecosystems with miles of trails from forest to seacoasts. Hike through the back country enjoying the area’s natural creeks and waterfalls or choose to hike the 8 miles of coastal trails. Explore or just pick a shady spot for lunch and take a deep breath of fresh air.