We love backpacking. We love hammocking too! So just think about how amazing and fun it is to both backpack some where, and then hang up your hammock and hang out. That’s where we’re going with this and California is the perfect spot to backpack and hammock. So let’s get right to it – here are 10 of the best spots to backpack and hammock in California.
Did you know that the Half Dome is the symbol of Yosemite National Park? Even though it can be a more challenging hike, you and your hammock will enjoy the views every step of the way.
American River Confluence to Lake Clementine
Indulge yourself in the wild-river canyons and the raging rapids, tranquil pools, scenic waterfalls and a quiet lake scenery to hike to and hang up your hammock for the day of peace and solitude in nature. American River Confluence to Lake Clementine is easily a favorite among many hikers, backpackers, and of course, hammockers.
20 Lakes Basin Loop
Backpackers usually flock this scenic granite sub-basin for an overnight in the shadow of beautiful peaks at 20 Lakes Basin Loop. Sturdy dayhikers will have no trouble taking this trip in a single day, with or without the ferry’s help and hammockers love to hang out and take in the scenery.
Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne
Over a 100 years ago, John Muir declared the Sierra Nevada “the most Divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I’ve ever seen.” Millions of people have since made pilgrimage here to experience the beauty of Tuolumne.
The Lake Tahoe Rim Trail – California side
Living in the greater Tahoe region, has given me the opportunity to view first hand some of the most beautiful land on the planet. From Kings Beach in the North to Zephyr Cove in the South there’s more an 20 trailheads and countless views of staggering beauty each and everyone. Pick a trail, park and enjoy the Norther Sierras.
The Cool to Canyon Loop
Linking rolling, pastoral grasslands with the raw, rugged American River Canyon, this loop trail embraces two very different, but very classic, faces of Gold Country foothill scenery.
Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake
Your destination, Thousand Island Lake, is one of the Sierra’s great beauty spots, a huge sheet of sky-blue water dotted picturesquely with granite islands. Next to Lake Tahoe this could be the most breath taking view of an alpine lake in the US.
North Fork of the American River
The North Fork of the American River is best known for whitewater rafting and gold mining. But, if you get the chance to hike the North Fork, I’d suggest it. The power of the river is one thing, but, you rarely get the chance to “stop and smell the roses”.
The summit of Clouds Rest is the best seat in the house for enjoying the drama of Yosemite Valley and the country around it. From this vantage point, the star of the show, Half Dome looks almost ethereal.
Found and Lost – The Lost Coast Trail (South to North)
The hike follows The Lost Coast Trail from Usal Camp to Orchard Camp. This hike can actually turn out to be a very a strenuous trek which can take multiple days. Those wishing to dayhike from the south trailhead have a few options.
Do you have a favorite spot in California to backpack and hammock? We’d love to hear about where you go – tell us about your adventures in the comments or feel free to drop us a line!