By Catherine Nyorani

Backpacking Northern California: The Top 7 Trails and Parks

Backpacking northern California-style ought to be on your bucket list. But with so much natural beauty, it can be hard to know where to start.

Yosemite National Park Trails

Yosemite is a magnificent natural destination and a backpacker’s haven. Filled with soaring rock formations, alpine lakes, and towering redwoods and sequoias, Yosemite National Park is paradise on Earth.


Lost Coast Trail

The Lost Coast an imposing, rugged stretch of California’s coastline, and one of the few coastal hiking trails in the US. It gets its name from the fact that twice per day at high tide, entire stretches of the black sand beach disappear beneath the waves.


Desolation Wilderness

Don’t let the name fool you though; Desolation Wilderness is replete with natural wonders well-worth your time to hike and explore.


Henry W. Coe State Park

Henry W. Coe State Park is northern California’s largest state park, with over 7,000 acres of land. It’s also one of the best-kept secrets within a stone’s throw of the Bay Area.


Mammoth Lakes Basin

Featuring craggy peaks, sprawling meadows dotted with wildflowers, and lush streams, the Mammoth Lakes Basin in Inyo National Forest is nothing less than captivating.


Mammoth Mountain Trails

Mammoth Mountain is the starting point of the best Eastern Sierra explorations. Use its tracks as an escape to the backcountry, with dramatic peaks as a your sole company for a night or two.