Hiking to the top of a mountain for a view that is difficult to rival is one of the many joys of partaking on a hiking trip. California is blessed with a range of landscapes, and that includes mountains a-plenty and hundreds of hiking trails to tackle. The following day hikes are a few of the popular ones in the state of California.

Lembert Dome

This 3.7-mile loop trail may be short, but it offers incredible views. It’s not a challenging hike; however, you have to keep in mind you are climbing a mountain, so you want to be aware of your footing. Once you reach the dome, you are rewarded with a stunning view of the meadows and surrounding peaks. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a detour to Dog Lake, a pretty mountain lake surrounded by evergreens and mountains.

Whiskeytown Falls

A 2.7-mile out and back trail, Whiskeytown Falls near Whiskeytown, California was one of the best-kept secrets for over 40 years. Today, however, people from all over the world have heard about this hidden gem. After a short hike, hikers reach the astounding 220-foot waterfall. The best time to visit is between March and September.

Eagle Lake Trail

The second largest natural lake in California, Eagle Lake offers a marina, campground, and of course, hiking trails. The Eagle Lake trail is a little less than 2 miles out and back, providing forest, lake, and views of Lake Tahoe. While it can get crowded, it’s a great workout and a great place to picnic on the big boulders near Eagle Lake. It’s also important to note that this trail requires a wilderness permit, which can be obtained at the Eagle Falls trailhead.

Limekiln Trail

This out and back trail follows along several creeks and takes you on a journey through the magnificent redwoods. As a bonus, there is a waterfall and historical limekilns for hikers to sight-see. Accessible year-round, you can also bring your dog along, leash required.

Fern Canyon

The most difficult thing about this trail is the drive there. It can take a bit of work, but it is well worth the efforts. The trail comprises of a series of small footbridges that lead deep into the canyon, all the while surrounded by fern-covered walls. Some of the ferns date back 325 million years! This trail has also been featured on the big screen – Steven Spielberg filled a scene from Jurassic Park II in the area.