Day hiking is very popular in California and so is overnight hiking, with Shasta and Trinity being the main host for all outdoor rendezvous with nature. With its incredible natural sceneries and features, when you get to hiking in California and taking everything in, you will see just why this state is referred to as the Golden State for it is indeed golden. However, with all its goodness, there is still need for some exploration, and this would mean taking the lesser-known trails.
There are many of these too. Now, having been born around here, I know my way around the trails of California. But from time to time, I like to surprise myself by trying some new trail.
Here are a few of the trails that I have hiked in California
Moro Rock Hiking
Moro Rock is located in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Park. You will get to see and take pictures with some of the largest trees in the world – the sequoias. The good thing about this trail is that it does not attract many people and if you are looking for solitude, you will find it here, and you will love it.
The length of the Moro Rock trail is roughly four miles. There are wildflowers and the huge trees. The hiking is manageable as the trail has a difficulty rating of challenging. You should get a good hiking workout here.
The Golden Canyon trail is located in the Death Valley National Park. This name is quite a mouthful and it is really not something that you want to think too much about, but wait until you get on the trail. You will love it. This trail does not attract many people per se, but it is fairly popular. You will see lots of valleys, canyon walls, rock and more. It will be lovely and the trail is wide and fairly flat.
Lost Palm Oasis in the Joshua Tree National Park
You have two options here … you can take the one mile stretch of the Lost Palm Oasis Trail or you can do the entire 7 miles loop of the same trail. Whichever you take, you will be rewarded with the most awesome views and sceneries in The Joshua Tree National Park. Carry your camera for there are many photo opportunities.
When you get to this trail you will agree that it is appropriately named because you will be walking under the mist of the many waterfalls. It is a popular trail in the Yosemite National Park, which is all the more reason why you should be there. Be ready to get wet – that’s what the mist name is all about, but you will thoroughly enjoy this.
Fern Canyon Trail
When you get to this little jewel of a trail that is hidden in the bowels of the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, you will see just why it is worth the effort. It is so serene, has a lot of green and a lot of water too. Carry your camera along because this trail offers lots of photo backdrops.
If you need peace of mind, go to this trail. It has such an unusual effect. You can go in the afternoon after playing a round of golf. It should relax your mind quite well after the intensity of chasing the ball.
Broken Hill Trail
Make sure you go to the Torrey Pines State Reserve and hit the Broken Hill trail before it becomes famous and everyone crowds there. You will be glad that you did this trail. You will also have the opportunity to see one of the rarest pine trees in the world. Be ready to be swept off your feet by wonderful views of beaches and some of the best wild flora and fauna in California. Take the south or the north loop, and whichever trail you take, you will have some of the best views in America.