Northern California is known for its magnificent mountains, gorgeous redwood forests and oasis-like lakes and rivers. If you’re looking for a memorable hike to take in the area, we’ve got you covered with our favorite spots to hit the trail.

Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is an area of Lake Tahoe in California and is often considered the most beautiful section, featuring plenty of hiking trails and gorgeous panoramic views of the lake and the mountains. Take a hike up to Dicks Peak, a tall mountain right in the middle of the wilderness. The standard route begins at Emerald Bay, following either the Eagle Falls Trail or the Granite Lake/Maggies Peaks Trail. The two trails meet after several miles at the Pacific Crest Trail, leading to Dicks Pass, which takes hikers to the peak.

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