Northern California Outdoors - Northern California Outdoor Recreation

Northern California Outdoors - Northern California Outdoor Recreation

In a region stretching from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and along the northern coast to the border, Northern California has enough great trails and outdoor activities to fill several entire states. Mountain bikers from around the world are drawn to the epic rides at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County and the Tahoe Rim Trail at Lake Tahoe, and long-distance hikers and backpackers tackle the Pacific Crest Trail. But plenty of opportunities exist for shorter trips, in such well-known places as Point Reyes National Seashore, Mount Diablo State Park, the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, and the magnificent Yosemite Valley. A hiking trail even leads to the top of Half Dome, the instantly recognizable icon of Yosemite National Park. And no one will forget hiking beneath the giant sequoias at Redwood National Park, Muir Woods, or Mariposa Grove. Central Valley bicyclists can stay close to home, enjoying the American River Bike Path around Sacramento.

For the adventurous, a trip to the lesser-known northern part of the state around Redding reveals such treasures as Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake, the Trinity Alps, and the Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park. And Northern California also boasts great paddling opportunities, for sea kayaking and canoeing on both rivers and lakes. The winter doesn't need to keep anyone indoors either, as year-round outdoor enthusiasts snowshoe and ski in the Sierra Nevada or go birding at any time. Truly, Northern California offers something for everyone.

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