101 Hikes in Northern California Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore  by Matt Heid

101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore Guide Book

by Matt Heid (Wilderness Press)
101 Hikes in Northern California Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore  by Matt Heid
101 Hikes in Northern California encompasses the full spectrum of the region’s incredible natural diversity—the jagged granite of the High Sierra, crashing surf of the Pacific Coast, magnificent redwoods of the North Coast, spectacular views of the Bay Area, and much more. All trips have been thoroughly updated for the second edition, and 26 trips have been significantly expanded or reworked. Each hike description includes an easy-to-use header outlining the trip basics, driving directions, an in-depth trail description, up-to-date map, and the locations of the nearest visitor center and campground.

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Trails from the "101 Hikes in Northern California: Exploring Mountains, Valleys, and Seashore" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 101.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 101.

Alamere Falls is an accessible yet remote destination, where a small stream tumbles directly over coastal bluffs onto a sandy beach. The oceanside cliffs, Double Point view, and inviting freshwater lakes along the trail are all expressions of the unique geology of southern Point Reyes National Seashore.
Point Reyes Station, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.5
A naked bubble of granite rising nearly 3,000 feet from canyon bottom, Balloon Dome stands—a monolith, an inspiration, a companion on your descent to the sandy banks of the mighty San Joaquin River.
Oakhurst, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.9
A continuous forest primeval, laced with gurgling streams, Big Basin State Park is a green blaze of life. Yes, the park is popular and the waterfalls are a common destination. And yes, it’s worth it. Established in 1902, Big Basin was the first state park created to protect oldgrowth redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In fact, the 3800 acres initially set aside as parkland were the very first to protect coast redwoods anywhere! The park holdings have since expanded and the total park area now exceeds 19,000 acres, stretching from the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of Waddell Creek to the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The oldgrowth redwood forest is extensive and unmatched in total
Santa Cruz, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
Bidwell Park provides a living diorama— a glimpse of the bounty and rich diversity of life that once flourished in the Great Central Valley. It’s also good for swimming.
Chico, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
The king range lurches thousands of feet above from the sea, creating precipitous cliffs that back directly against black-sand beaches. Small streams carve deep ravines through the coastal bluffs, providing water and oceanside campsites for beach-walking hikers. Mountain summits lord over it all. The top of King Peak (4,088'), the highest in the range, is less than 3 miles from the shore.
Whitethorn, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 17
Deep in the furrows of the Diablo Range, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve protects a little-trod landscape of rolling hills, oak-studded grasslands, and quality views. On many days, your only companions will be the looming massif of nearby Mount Diablo, the nodding blooms of spring wildflowers, and the many cows that graze the grassy woodlands.
Walnut Creek, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
A chunk of granite spearheading the tectonic migration northwest, Bodega Head is backed by massive sand dunes and the longest beach on the Sonoma County coast. The fun of hiking barefoot is enhanced by distant views north up the rugged coastline.
Bodega, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
North America’s temperate rain forest extends from northwest California to Alaska in a narrow coastal strip where rainfall is significant year-round and snow is infrequent. The coastal redwood forest range extends north from Big Sur to a few miles past the Oregon border and exists in a narrow belt. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is one of the few places where you can experience the rare juxtaposition of these two impressive worlds.
Crescent City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
Everybody likes to climb Lassen Peak. Instead, you should try Brokeoff Mountain— a less traveled summit with views every bit as exceptional.
Shasta, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
Picture a volcanic cliff 129 feet high. Over its lip, twin waterfalls cascade into an iridescent pool. Springs gush from its face, showering lush vegetation with spray while birds dart through rainbow refractions of light. This is Burney Falls.
Burney, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
Gnarled oaks twist skyward in a rolling landscape flushed green by winter rains. Cache Creek ripples through placid pools, a herd of tule elk wanders the area, and a population of bald eagles winters here. Come for a taste of the lowlying foothills ringing the Great Central Valley.
Lower Lake, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
the only way to experience this magnificent grove of giant sequoias is by foot. Unlike other popular drive-up sequoia opportunities, the South Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park can only be accessed by trail, providing an unparalleled opportunity to commune with the majesty of large sequoias whose gargantuan stature dwarfs the massive pines and cedars that complete the magnificent old-growth forest mosaic.
Stockton, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
A land of deep canyons and jagged granite ridges, the Trinity Alps are the greatest alpine highlight of the Klamath Mountains. Impossibly alluring, they crown the thick forest of the region, a vibrant playground of lakes, rivers, and wildlife.
Redding, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 15
Raking the sky, a jagged protrusion of granite bursts from the slopes above Interstate 5. Needle-sharp spires, bulbous domes, a mania of fantastical granite blades, Castle Crags is unlike anywhere else in California. Add to this views of Mt. Shasta and you have a hike that must be done.
Dunsmuir, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
Perched on the tallest ridgeline in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park provides towering views over the San Lorenzo River and Pescadero Creek watersheds. It also harbors a geologic wonderland of sandstone boulders, a powerful draw for climbers and gawkers alike.
Saratoga, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
Roughly 1,000 years ago, lava was extruded from Lassen Peak’s northern flank. Too viscous to flow downhill, it piled up as giant domes of solid rock covered in loose rubble— Chaos Crags. A minor explosion about 300 years ago along Chaos Crags’ northwestern slope triggered a huge landslide that traveled more than 2 miles to dam Manzanita Creek and form Manzanita Lake
Shasta, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Let’s face it, Yosemite Valley is crazy. If the congestion there is too much for you, then you should be on the Tioga Road. And if you’re on the Tioga Road, you should be climbing Clouds Rest.
Fresno, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 14
In Henry Coe State Park, the largest state park in Northern California, the towering bulwark of Wasno Ridge guards the approach to the southern backcountry, where a furrowed land of ridges, valleys, and solitude awaits the stalwart hiker. In 1775–76, a Spanish expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza attempted (and failed) to find a route through this convoluted region.
San Jose, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
Three miles from the ocean, Cone Peak rises a mile to the sky. In summer 1999, most of Ventana Wilderness burned. Cone Peak, the dominant mountain of the southern wilderness, burned with it. Life has since rebounded on these sheer slopes, yet does little to hide the seamless joining of ocean and sky, the towering coastal vistas, or the sweeping panorama of the Santa Lucia Mountains.
Monterey, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Come experience California’s great Central Valley as it used to be, a world of magnificent valley oaks flush with wetlands, wildlife, and wildflowers. The Cosumnes River flows through the preserve, the only remaining undammed river in the Central Valley. Migratory sandhill cranes flock here from November through February, for many the highlight of a spectacular birding destination year-round.
Galt, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3