State of grace: Golden State superlatives

by admin on May 18, 2013

Best epic backpacking trip: John Muir Trail

Best mountain climb: Mount Shasta

Best deal: $15 bay boat tours at Fisherman’s Wharf

Most dramatic easy hike with view: Pohono Trail, Yosemite National Park

Most difficult-to-reach wilderness lake: Little South Fork Lake, Trinity Alps Wilderness

Epic kayak run: Clavey Falls,  Tuolumne River

Best mountain swimming hole: Dorris Lake out of Mono Hot Springs

Most pristine redwoods: Boy Scout Tree Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods

Best short backpack trip: Skyline-to-the-Sea, Big Basin headquarters to Sunset Camp

Prettiest ferns: Fern Canyon, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

Best chance to see bears: Sequoia National Park

Best bald-eagle viewing: Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

Most difficult long hike: Hat Creek Rim section, Pacific Crest Trail

Best sea-otter viewing: Elkhorn Slough by kayak

Best scuba diving: Point Lobos Marine Reserve

Best RV sites: Seacliff State Beach, Monterey Bay

Finest luxury lodging: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur

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