5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in California

By Carly Zinderman

5 Beautiful Scenic Hikes in California

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California has many different natural wonders to explore. With forests, deserts, cityscapes, beaches, and more, you can hike your way around just about any area in the state. From famous spots and scenic views to beautiful natural wonders, you can find it all in California. Here are five beautiful scenic hikes in the Golden State. 

1. Rhododendron Trail at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Between the towns of Eureka and Orick in Humboldt County is Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, home to a number of trails of varying difficulty. The Rhododendron Trail comes to life in the spring when the blossoms it is named for are in bloom. A favorite amongst photographers and artists, the trails flowers light up amongst spots of green in stunning natural light. 

2. The Hollywood Sign, Hollywood, CA

The Hollywood Sign that hangs above the city may not seem accessible, but intrepid hikers have discovered that you can get close to the historic letters by following the Hollyridge Trail. The Hollywood sign is a famous marker in movies and can be spotted on the freeway and city streets below. The hike is an example of California’s unique combination of urban and natural wonders.

3. The Slot at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest in California. The Slot hike is possibly the most famous in the region and while parking can be tricky, the result is well worth it. Unique rock formations have created what is informally known as Slot Canyon, with other-worldly beauty that makes for breathtaking photos and great memories.

4. Amboy Crater at Mojave Trails National Monument

Located on the least traveled parts of Route 66, Amboy Crater is actually one of the continent’s youngest volcanoes. You can hike along the rim and stare down into cavern, one of California’s amazing natural wonders. Along the way, you’ll spot stunning mountain ranges and some really old and beautiful scenery. Other trails lead to stunning geologic points of interest like Afton Canyon’s rainbow hues. 

5. Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve

In the spring, the poppies bloom into life and lend brilliant colors to the soft rolling hills that make for easy hiking trails. The colors change daily and each season is a little different than the last, which brings back hikers year after year. The reserve is home to animal life and offers facilities such as picnic tables so that you can picnic before or after your hike and there’s also a center filled with information and paintings. 

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