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9 Top Hiking Trails in Northern California

All the major attractions are here, from Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the Rubicon trail. All the major attractions are here, from Yosemite's famous Half Dome to the Rubicon trail. The 15-mile round trip is mostly straight up and down with 5,206 feet elevation gain. The 360-degree panorama from the top is breathtaking, although it's not for the weak of stomachs or faint of heart. To access the Yosemite Trail, you will need a permit for a day and reservations in order to enter the park.

Lonely Planet’s travel professionals compiled a list of 15 top hiking trails in the Golden State earlier this year. The list covers the entire state, including La Jolla’s Torrey Pines and the Pacific Crest. It’s beautiful, with Sierra trails and seaside jaunts as well as volcanic or glacier-carved terrain.

All the major attractions are here, from Yosemite’s famous Half Dome to the Rubicon trail. The 15-mile round trip is mostly straight up and down with 5,206 feet elevation gain. The 360-degree panorama from the top is breathtaking, although it’s not for the weak of stomachs or faint of heart. To access the Yosemite Trail, you will need a permit for a day and reservations in order to enter the park.

According to your preferences, Lonely Planet has nine hikes in Northern California that you can take on, whether you are hiking the trails or just taking in the scenery.

Half Dome Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail

Lassen Peak Trail

Rubicon Trail

Coastal Trail

High Sierra Trail

Cathedral Lakes Trail

Mount Tallac Trail

Tomales Point Trail

There are some caveats to retain: Before you go on the trails, ensure you have checked wildfire reports, pandemic warnings, and permit requirements. Also, make sure you have enough water. You can also download trail maps and keep track of Wi-Fi availability in the wilderness.

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