Monday, May 1, 2017

6 Must-Do Day Hikes in California

Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite National Park
Ward’s Flat and Morena Butte trails
Lake Morena Regional Park
In arid Southern California, a lake is a rare sight, and man-made Morena Reservoir serves as one of the few. Two great day hiking trails when combined offer a great lakeside walk and view from a butte. At about 3,000 feet above sea level, Lake Morena Regional Park in San Diego County marks a good mix of desert, coastal and mountain ecosystems.

Botany and the Canyon trails
Placerita Canyon Natural Area
Los Angeles-area residents and visitors can combine two separate routes at the Placerita Canyon Natural Area for a pleasant day hike with children: The Botany and the Canyon trails. Located close to but nicely tucked away from Calif. Hwy. 14 – the Antelope Valley Freeway – in Santa Clarita, the natural area sits about 1,550 feet above sea level on the San Gabriel Mountain's western side.

Millerton Lake South Shore Trail
Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Families can enjoy enjoy a day hike along a beach and near a scenic marina on the Millerton Lake South Shore Trail in central California. The 3.4-miles round trip (1.7 miles one-way) trail is in Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, south of Yosemite National Park.

Bridalveil Fall
Yosemite National Park
Among the many iconic sights of Yosemite National Park is the famed Bridalveil Fall. Bridalveil Fall drops 620 feet – the height of a 62-story building – on Yosemite Valley’s southern wall, between Cathedral Rocks and the Leaning Tower. 

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks series.