The 5 Best Day Hikes in California
Adventures don’t need to take entire weeks. Thanks to the beautiful geography of California, you can do a variety of amazing day hikes. Here you’ll find the 5 best day hikes in California.
#1: Hollywood Sign
Ranging from easy to difficult, there are a few different ways to get up to the iconic Hollywood Sign. Each hike will get you to the 1700 ft summit of Mt. Lee where you’ll have an amazing view of the Santa Monica Mountains, the high towers of downtown Los Angeles, the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and of course those 45 ft tall aluminum letters that welcome you with open arms to the city of angels.
#2: Mt. Baldy
One of the best, most challenging hikes Southern California has to offer is up to the summit of Mt. Baldy. The summit lies over 10,000ft above sea level and gives you spectacular views of the San Gabriel mountain range. You can make the hike easy by taking the tram or if you want to get a little more into it you can take the Ski Hut Trail which will take you on more than 4,000ft in elevation in the short four miles up to the top.
#3: Bridge to Nowhere
Just as the name suggests, this hike located in Azusa will take you to a bridge that was built for a road that has since been wiped out. It’s a ten mile hike that passes over plenty of streams and gives great views of the surrounding mountains. If you want to add to the adventure, bungee jumping is offered off of the bridge.
#4: Half Dome
While it is 15 miles and over 5000ft of elevation gain, this hard day hike might be the most worth it. It gives spectacular views of one of the greatest spots the world has to offer—Yosemite. However, it is not for the faint of heart. To reach the very top of this hike, you have to be willing to pull yourself up the cables that actually get you to the top of Half Dome. It is all worth it in the end though.
#5: Alamere Falls
These waterfalls are the best you’ll find near the Bay Area. It’s an eight mile hike of mostly even terrain where you’ll be rewarded with views of a brilliant waterfall cascading onto the beach in the end. Throughout the hike you’ll be walking along a cliff overlooking the beach and if you want to get a little adventurous towards the end, you can make the 60ft climb down onto the sand.
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