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Hello all. I will be making a trip out to the Sacramento, CA/Oroville, CA area in late spring early summer. It looks as if the earliest I can make it out there will be the second week of June and can probably arrange to be there as late as mid July. More than likely the trip will be 7 days or so. I will be with my wife (non-photographer) and pick up my sister-in-law and then we will go..... where?
I love to hike, but given that I will be with others and given the time limitations, I would likely best choose a few hikes that are in the two/three hour category. Longer day hikes will probably be out of the question given that we will try to cover a lot of territory in a short period of time. Have to keep the ladies satisfied.....
I have always wanted to go up to the north California coast to see the redwoods and the coast, maybe try to get one of those incredible sunset sea stack images that I see in this forum. I had hoped also to try to get my twist on a foggy rhododendron/redwood image, but I think I will be there too late.
I kind of thought that I would try to do a loop, maybe spending a couple 3 days in the coast area and then maybe hitting Crater Lake (never been there), coming back down around Mts. Shasta and Lassen.
Having said all that, I am open to other suggestions/directions that may be closer to Oroville/Sacramento. I have been to Yosemite before, but always with at least 9 million other people there. . I know that my timing is prime tourist season, but I'd love to find some scenic maybe less traveled areas.
I'm hoping that some of you California experts can give me some ideas about whether to go earlier or later in that time frame from a weather conditions perspective as well as natural events, such as wildflower blooming and the like. And also maybe some specific locations (beaches, redwood parks, trails, etc.) along the way. For example, I have heard that Fern Canyon is pretty cool, but I'd really like to hear a photographer say the same thing. What little I can find out about it makes it look like a large gully with ferns growing out the side. But I may have entirely the wrong idea.
So what say you? I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.