Our Top Destinations For Hiking And Camping In California- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM
THOUSANDS OF TIRED, NERVE-SHAKEN, OVER-CIVILIZED PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO FIND OUT THAT GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS IS GOING HOME; THAT WILDNESS IS A NECESSITY”
― John Muir, Our National Parks
With just a month of summer left, opportunities to savor long, sunny days and blissful warm evenings in the great outdoors are dwindling. If you haven’t yet booked your summer or fall vacation, you may start to hear the call of the wild―that inner voice that starts out as a whisper and gradually gets louder and louder, demanding wide open spaces and freedom from your routines.
Whether you are new to hiking or your boots are worn down from wear and tear, making your way into the wilderness for several days is the perfect anecdote to modern-day stress. Better yet, take a full week or two to escape the city or suburbs to adventure outside of cell phone range. Without a doubt, you will leave the wilderness with the benefits of deep renewal and restoration ― receiving the incredible effects of a mental and physical cleanse.
Adventuring in exotic mountain meadows or the wild coast of Northern California offers new perspective and a sense of expansive freedom. Shed the layers of excess that invades modern-day society and slowly come home to the simplicity and beauty of being human.
OUR TOP 3 HIKING + CAMPING DESTINATIONS IN CALIFORNIA
CAR CAMPING & DAY HIKES:
TUOLUMNE MEADOWS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Whether you have a couple of days to explore Tuolomne Meadows or can take off three to four weeks to trek the John Muir trail, Yosemite is even more beautiful and majestical than you may have heard. Chock full of glistening alpine lakes, meadows with rare wildflowers and trails that lead to mind-opening views, Tuolomne Meadows is the perfect launching point for incredible day hikes and short backpacking trips.
Book a campsite in late-summer or early-fall when kids are back in school and take three to four days to explore the surrounding trails. Don’t forget your bathing suit: There are incredible lakes ideal for swimming along many of the trails. To book your campsite, click here.
SHORT BACKPACKING TRIP:
THE LOST COAST IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Escape the crowded and polluted metropolis, and adventure to the wild and scenic Lost Coast of Northern California. You will find yourself walking along pristine beaches with Sea Lions lounging on the shore. Gaze up at towering ancient Redwood trees covering the coastal mountain range and camp on the beach while ocean waves lull you to sleep.
Located six hours north of San Francisco and two hours south of Eureka, getting to the Lost Coast requires fun companions and a dose of determination. The trail starts at Mattole and ends 24.6 miles later at Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove. We recommend joining up with a friend to make a shuttle run or planning a longer six-to-eight day out-and-back trip (49.2 miles). You can also book a shuttle service for $85/person. Make sure you check the tides and book your BLM permit before you go.
3-4 WEEK TREK:
THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL IN THE SIERRA NEVADA
Can you imagine three to four weeks of swimming in alpine lakes, sleeping under starry skies and walking along beautifully maintained trails that meander through high meadows and stunning vistas? With access to plenty of water and dreamy late-summer and early-fall weather patterns, taking time out to trek this exquisite trail will leave you with a deep sense of renewal and perspective.
The John Muir trail is an incredible trekking experience in the Sierra Nevada that runs for 210.4 miles of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail. Beginning in Yosemite Valley, the trail takes you to the summit of Mount Whitney, passing through the exquisite Tuolomne Meadows. Be sure to plan a couple of days to luxuriate in the high meadows of Yosemite before continuing on your journey. For more information about permits and itineraries, click here.
Edited by Alison Baenen