One of the largest forests outside of Alaska, Humboldt National Forest encompasses a whopping 6.3 million acres. Established in 1906, the forest bleeds across the Nevada border, covering 19 counties across the two states. Humboldt-Toiyabe is as diverse as it is large: On the eastern side of the forest, the Quinn Canyon Wilderness is a maze of deep canyons while the western side the Mokelumne Wilderness offers volcanic peaks.
When you think of California, you probably think of sun and fun on the fabulous beaches, iconic road trips and world-class wineries. Of all the things to do in the state, going to a national forest in California can be one of the most magical experiences.
Whether you’re looking to camp, hike or just stroll, California’s national forests are perfect options. Often outshined by the region’s better-known national parks like Yosemite, Joshua Tree or Death Valley, the national forests are equally stunning, usually without the same level of hassle or crowds. California’s pristine wilderness and natural landscapes are protected within these forests — 18 in total — which are dotted across the state.
From canyons and rivers to volcanic peaks and towering redwoods, visiting these forests is a must. You can also find some of the oldest trees in the country, rare plants, excellent cross country skiing opportunities and historic sites. When you need to commune with nature, be sure to check out these amazing national forests in California.
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