6 Backpacking Trips To Explore In California

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Backpacking to California, the memory will last for your lifetime with the alpine lakes, the granite boulders around the Aloha Lake and the oasis with the granite walls as the fence. Those are the best views hen you spend your night at the Waterfall Camp.

Besides, summit Price and Aggasiz to enjoy the round trip for 15 miles. California is so huge that surely not all the places you have visited. There are some places you should check out in your lifetime. If you need more ideas, here, we have narrowed the list to backpack in California.

1. Grizzly Lake

The wonderful waterfall and the challenging lake to scramble and the first two miles of the hike that are quite steep are everything in this spot. We recommend you to hike in June through October as the best season.

You can find the lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness with the brilliant waterfall views, and the cliff is 600 feet down to the meadow. The location of the lake is in the amazing and remote wilderness in America such as Thompson Peak.

Here is the pack list:

The lightweight backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, fly rood with a license to fish, good hiking shoes, rope to tie up the food, camera, lighter, food, water, and a small towel for swimming.

The location offers 14 miles of distance for advanced hikers with the out-and-back trail. It is good t visit in summer and autumn with some nice things to do such as hiking, backpacking, photography, and fishing.

2. The Lost Coast

Located in the northern part of the coast in California, you will enjoy the stunning trip for 25 miles. There, you can find several places to camp to spend your night. There are several things to keep in mind. First, always get any information about the impassible areas especially at the high tide. Besides, you should check the tide chart as well as the weather reports right before going to the trail. The last important thing is if the weather report is rainy, bring the rain gear and rain cover.

Here is the pack list:

Pack, map from the ranger station, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, water bottle, water filtration system, backpacking stove, meals for three days, hiking clothes, hiking boots, sunscreen, and bear canister

The location is good for intermediate hikes with 24 miles of distance and point-to-point trail type. It is good to visit the spot in all season with some few activities such as hiking, backpacking, and camping.

3. Redwood National and State Park

If you have a plan to include this park as your backpacking trip, it means you are going to explore the tallest tree on earth with the amazing view of starlit.

If you spend overnight to camp on the Redwood Creek, you should take a walk for 15 minutes or half a mile down to the creek. It is the top place to get night photography with no light pollution.

Here is the pack list:

Backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hiking boots, hiking clothes, water shoes or flip-flops, food, water, camera, tripod, batteries, hat, sunscreen, bathing suit, and headlamp.

With 6 miles of distance, the location is good for intermediate hikes. You can do some things like camping, chilling, photography, swimming, backpacking, hiking, and even surfing.

With the out-and-back trail type, the place is good to visit in any season.

4. The Ventana Wilderness Skyes Hot Spring

Take the scenic roundtrip in 20 miles of hikes with the Pine Ridge Trail and three hot springs close to the Big Sur River.

If you want to enjoy the Sykes Hot Springs, the trek is about 10 miles along with the Pine Ridge Trail. Of course, it is the amazing backpacking trip with the moderate trail to challenge you. You have to cross the river twice, yet you must be careful during the winter and spring months because the water runs quite fast. Do not try to cross if it looks too fast.

If you think that you cannot reach 20 miles in a day, it does not a matter. There is three hikes in the campgrounds and these are close to the hot springs. You can head to Terrace Creek, Barlow Flat, and the Skyes Campground. These campgrounds do not allow fires during the summer months.

Here is your pack list:

Stove permit you need to print and bring it with you, pack, 1 to 2 liters of water, waterproof hiking boots, water purifier, tent, and sleeping bag if you plan to camp.

With 5600 feet of elevation gain, the activities to do are chilling, hiking, backpacking, and camping. The location is for intermediate hikes with the out-and-back trail.

5. The Glacier Point

The incredible views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley are the best. We recommend you to bring your tent and get to the point.

The place attracts thousands of people each day. When you head to Glacier Point Road, the place is fewer crowds. In the winter, typically Four Mile Trail and The Mist Trail will close. With 3,200 feet of elevation gain, it may pump your heart but it gives you the majestic views of Sentinel Rock, El Capitan, Cathedral Rock, and Yosemite Falls.

Here is the pack list:

Ten essentials, backpacking gear, water purification, layers, wilderness permit to obtain in Yosemite Valley, the bear can, and camera.

This spot offers 9.4 miles of distance with 3.200 feet of elevation gain. There, you can do some things like chilling, photography, hiking, backpacking, and camping.

6. The Full John Muir Trail

The trail technically is from the Happy Isles trailhead, in Yosemite Valley. There are some starting points you can choose such as Tuolumne Meadows and Lyell Canyon. If you want to start from Happy Isles and then hike out to Whitney Portal, you will get 221 miles. In addition, the area has some potential side trips to make you backpack longer.

Here is your pack list:

Ultralight backpacking gear, tent, backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, fuel, cookstove, water purifying system, food, snacks, maps, layers, headlamp, first aid kit, trekking poles, and camera.

With 221 miles of distance, you can do some things like photography, hiking, and backpacking. Nevertheless, the trip should be for advanced hikes with point-to-point trail type. If you want to visit this area, we recommend you to visit in summer, autumn, and spring.