10 California Backpacking Trips on My Bucket List

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4. Backpack to the Ventana Wilderness Sykes Hot Spring

I love hot springs. Who doesn’t? Especially after a 10 mile hike in, I can’t imagine a better way to end the day. The pools only comfortably fit about 5 people, so I’m tabling this one until the fall or winter when the crowds will die down.

5. Camp at Glacier Point

You gotta be in the right place at the right time to set up camp at Glacier Point. This is typically a pretty crowded lookout spot that doesn’t allow camping, but if you come in the shoulder season on a dry year you can wake up to one of the most iconic views in California.

6. Backpack the Full John Muir Trail

The mountains are calling and all that good stuff. Call me soft but I don’t know if I’ve got a full Pacific Crest Trail trek in me and the JMT covers 160 miles of the PCT so that basically counts, right?

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