Monday, September 4, 2017

6 Great West Coast Day Hikes

Olympic National Park rainforest
Olympic National Park’s rainforest
Much of Olympic National Park consists of temperate rainforests. While not hot like a tropical jungle, Olympic receives plenty of rain – in some areas as much as 14 feet a year – and so is extremely wet and green, creating forests unlike any other in the United States.

Annie Creek Trail
Crater Lake National Park
Some 7,700 years ago, Crater Lake National Park was the sight of incredible destruction, as lava and ash flowed from the southern Oregon volcano. Today, it’s the location of a clear blue lake surrounded by lush greenery. Kids will love hiking the verdant side of this extinct volcano on the Annie Creek Trail.

Alder Creek Trail
Yosemite National Park
Day hikers can enjoy a walk through a forest of stately cedars and sugar pines on a spur of the Alder Creek Trail in Yosemite National park’s Wawona area. The 1.5-mile out-and-back trail is a spur leading to the lengthy Alder Creek Trail, which heads into the Yosemite backcountry to an impressive 100-foot waterfall.

Day hiking trails in Los Angeles area that kids will love
Are there any good day hiking trails for kids in Los Angeles? There are more trails than you know ... despite being a sprawling an urban area, nature areas with hiking trails actually abound.

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