On my to-do list: Northern California hiking spots

The weather has been beautiful here in Northern California (specifically the South Bay, but generally all over) and I have been dying to get out and see some nature besides my backyard.

And later this month, I will be hiking in Yosemite for the first time ever! After, I might go and have a look at How to Hike the Valley of Flowers to completed my hiking experience! Please leave comments below for any trails I must go on.

McWay Falls in Big Sur

After seeing a photo of the McWay Falls in Big Sur, I knew this would be my next hiking adventure. The trail is in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and is apparently an easy one at .5 miles round-trip. So while I’ll go for the falls, I’ll stay for one of the nearby hiking trails.

Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos

Highly rated on Yelp, Castle Rock State Park has 32 whopping miles of hiking trails. The only problem will be trying to pick one. Can’t wait to sling on my Arkadia Supply backpack and get going though!

Arroyo Seco in Monterrey County

Arroyo Seco swimming taken via iphone

source: friend’s Facebook page

One of friends went on a dog-friendly hike in the beautiful Los Padres National Forest Park and posted pictures of the beautiful Arroyo Seco River Gorge (above) she swam in. The hike entrance is near the Arroyo Seco Campground, a campground I would love to stay at sometime soon!

Bass Lake in Bolinas

After a thumbs up review of this swimming spot from my co-worker, Nuala, Bass Lake has been added to my list. Sometimes there’s some nakedness so virgin eyes beware. Whether or not you chose to frolic around with or without a swimsuit, a dip in the lake after a hike sounds well-deserved.

Hike to the Tourist Club in Mill Valley

A nice cold beer at the top of the hike? It’s like they read my mind. Find directions to this very unique spot and read all about the Tourist Club‘s history, which dates back to the early 1900s.

What are some of your favorite hiking spots? Any trails you suggest I try?

  • Edita

    Holy moly that first spot looks like heaven!!!

    • Right?! Doesn’t exactly look like Northern California.

  • Can’t wait to see photos of the hike! The first place looks gorgeous 🙂

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