California has a number of stunning hiking trails to offer. Read on and check out the finest hiking spots and trails in the land of milk and honey!
Most Awesome Hiking Trails In The Golden State
California Hiking Trails
When people talk about California, the first two things that come to mind are the weather and sandy beaches. But little do they know California has some of the most remarkable hiking trails in the country, and possibly even in the entire world.
Hiking along these trails will absolutely leave a lasting memory because its picturesque landscapes will touch your wandering soul. So on that note, check out the list of hiking trails below and start choosing your destination.
1. Broken Hill
A lot of people are already familiar with Torrey Pine State Reserve. This is the only place where you’ll find the rarest pine trees in North America, the Pinus torreyana.
You will be amazed at the picturesque sceneries on this trek such as Mount San Jacinto and the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.
2. The Goat Canyon Trestle
If you’re looking for a piece of history along with intriguing folklore about strange creatures and perplexing oddities, Goat Canyon Trestle is the trail for you.
It is located in a distant corner of Anza-Borrego State Park where you can find the largest freestanding railroad trestle in the entire world.
It is also been rumored there are mysterious “ghost lights” inhabiting the Anza-Borrego desert. So if you fancy an “out-of-this-world” trip and you have the cojones, then you should try this trail.
3. The Panorama Trail
The Panorama Trail is one of the gems of Yosemite National Park. This remarkable trail provides every hiker an awesome view of the Vernal Fall, Yosemite Fall, Illilouette Fall, Nevada Fall, Half Dome, and the whole Valley.
The trail will start from Glacier Point going down to Mist Trail.
4. Berry Creek Falls Loop
Berry Creek Falls Loop can be found in Golden State’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. This trail does not only boast its striking waterfalls but also an ascent into a dense, sheer-sided canyon filled with redwood trees.
5. Mist Trail
The Mist Trail is one the signature hikes in Yosemite National Park. You will be stunned by the breathtaking view of Nevada and Vernal Falls.
The view will even be more astonishing when the golden gleam of sunset coincide with the precipitous presentation of granite rocks. Spring and early summer are the best times to hit the Mist.
6. Lost Palms Oasis
Joshua Tree is a renowned rock climbing destination but little did some people know this is a spot with excellent hiking. Lost Palm Oasis is one of the most distant and panoramic hikes in the park. This trail offers a diversity of terrain for all types of hikers.
7. Fern Canyon
The hike through Fern Canyon is a visual spectacle because the canyon walls are embraced with fern and mosses. Although the hike is only a mile, the anyon will surely please your curious eyes.
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California is surrounded by exceptional natural features such as big mountains, uninhabited deserts, and immaculate beaches. And being the third largest state it has tons of hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels. So next time you’re looking for an adventure, you might want to check out the land “where stars are buried” –California. And I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.