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West's Best National Parks in Spring

Itching for some fresh air and natural splendor? Welcome spring by exploring some of the West’s best national parks. From Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and a few spots in between, here’s a bucket list for your vernal vacations.

Week 03.17.2021
Regions Northern & Southern CA

Truly Grand Day Hike

Hike the South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point in the Grand Canyon

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One of the best spring day hikes in the Grand Canyon? See layer upon layer of the park’s grandeur—including the river—on this 3-mile (one-way) journey to Skeleton Point via the South Kaibab Trail.
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Valley Rock 'n' Roll

Rent a Bike and Pedal Around Yosemite Valley

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Imagine if there was a bike-friendly paved trail that circled Yosemite Valley, hitting all the highlights … well, in fact, there is! Get ready for gorgeous waterfalls, iconic Half Dome, and more!
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The Ryan King

Hike Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park

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At 5,456 feet, the summit of Ryan Mountain has the best view in the park. Its brilliant panoramic expanse spans desert to mountains, and—bonus—late afternoons can feature a sky tinged with lavender thanks to the low-sitting sun.
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Exclamation Point!

Hike the Classic Tomales Point Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore

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Maybe it’s the constant ocean breeze, or the burly tule elk, or the chance to see spouting gray whales: There’s something about Tomales Point Trail. It’s a simple 4.5-mile hike to a promontory overlooking the Pacific. But what you encounter along the way … well that’s pure Point Reyes.
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Island Traverse

Backpacking and camping on Santa Cruz Island on Channel Islands National Park

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Santa Cruz is the largest of the islands comprising Channel Islands National Park. For a grandly scenic tour, go on a 15-mile (one-way) backpacking trip that traverses the eastern side of the island.
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Ready When You Are: Reno Tahoe

Wide Open Winter Adventures in Reno Tahoe

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With outdoors being essential for health and wellness, and new protocols in place, Reno Tahoe welcomes visitors! It's wide open with snowshoe trails, fire pits by the river, skating, and hot springs.
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    Pinnacles of Spring

    Why hike at Pinnacles National Park? The wildflowers are in overdrive during spring. And you might spy the magnificent California condor soaring while you gain soaring views from the High Peaks Trail.

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    Do it Yourself Walking Tour of Solvang

    Solvang has long been described as a “little slice of Denmark in Southern California." Experience the historic village on a 3-mile walk that explores the architecture, food, wine, and green space.

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    Truly Grand Day Hike

    One of the best spring day hikes in the Grand Canyon? See layer upon layer of the park’s grandeur—including the river—on this 3-mile (one-way) journey to Skeleton Point via the South Kaibab Trail.

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    Garden of the Gods

    A 1-mile out-and-back trail in 23-acre Garden of the Gods threads through sandstone boulders that were natural icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age, back when this site was known as the Iverson Movie Ranch.

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    Wildflower Hiking Guide

    California’s wildflowers will be lovely this spring! So how do you find the best in bloom? Check out POST’s complimentary Wildflower Guide to find the best hiking trails with wildflowers.

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    Moore Wildflowers!

    Napa's got poppies on parade! Hike the 4.3-mile Valentine Vista Trail at Moore Creek Park. It's spectacular for views, and the spring wildflowers are a colorful bonus!

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    Tam It All

    The hills have gone green just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, and this 7.5-mile lollipop loop hike passes through some of Mount Tam’s lushest spots, with bridges, creeks, a waterfall, and big views.

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    Footloose in the Foothills

    In spring, Diablo Foothills Regional Park bursts with green rolling hills, wildflowers, and some of the lushest views of Mount Diablo itself. Go on an 8-mile loop among this verdant scenery.

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