Ancient forests, rocky coastlines, painted deserts, imposing mountains, rushing rivers, starry skies, fiery sunsets and sandy beaches — this is Kingdom California.
Nestled at the bottom of one of the deepest and steepest valleys in the world, the gnarly, weathered boulders that form the Alabama Hills lay stacked and scattered beneath the jagged Sierra Crest.
Tucked into a glacial cirque, Convict Lake is ringed by dramatic, High Sierra peaks. While it's not exactly a wilderness experience, it is a fun place to hike, fish, and pitch a tent — use it as a basecamp to explore the Mammoth Lakes area or while fishing the Upper Owens River.
Desolation Wilderness is an alpine landscape scoured by ancient glaciers and punished over and over by heavy winds and snow. The Climb to this granite wonderland in the high country above Lake Tahoe is steep. The reward? Azure lakes, dramatic peaks, starry skies and hungry trout.
Humboldt Redwoods SP
Arguably the Mecca of the great coastal redwood forest, Humboldt Redwoods State Park is where you'll find the majority of the world's tallest trees, as well as the largest remaining contiguous forest of old-growth redwoods.
Red Rock Canyon SP
Red Rock Canyon State Park is an extraterrestrial landscape of steep canyons and painted rock formations — a place that attracts rock hounds, artists and adventurers alike. Hiking in the cooler months is superb. After the sun goes down, grab a blanket and prepare to be hypnotized by the stars.
Sinkyone Wilderness SP
What's Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Like? Think Big Sur, but without the people or roads or anything, really. This section of California's magnificent coastline is one of the most remote parts of America. The ocean here is hypnotic — it can be like staring into the eyes of someone you love.