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We are thinking about a hiking trip in CA area, if we can stay in a timeshare and hike about 5-7 miles a day, medium difficult, not strenuous hike, that would be great. Any suggestion for a place in California area? Oh, we are thinking about April or May, even June. July would be too warm.
 

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We like the greater Tahoe area.
 

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Agree with Denise. Then browse Amazon for a good Lake Tahoe hiking book.

I have a Mike White book that I like. We've used it on several trips. The Tahoe area is our favorite hiking spot in California. (And in Arizona it's hard to beat Sedona.)

You do have to be selective in choosing Lake Tahoe area hikes if you don't want anything too strenuous. You're in the mountains, and many of the hikes there have significant elevation gain.

The early fall months are really nice in Tahoe also. It gets less crowded than summer and the weather is still good for hiking.
 

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Oh, we are thinking about April or May, even June. July would be too warm.
For April or May, you should look at lower elevation stuff. Most of the trails around Tahoe will still be under snow. Yosemite Valley, for instance with the waterfalls roaring, but the road to Glacier Point and the hikes up there won't open up until sometime in May or early June due to snow. Or wait until the fall when the temps cool down and all the high elevation stuff is still open.
There are also lots of hikes along the ocean. Monterey area has a bunch within an easy drive. The Mendocino coast has the GEVC at Lighthouse Pt. Small, but sufficient and location, location, location. The Mendocino Land Trust has a bunch of properties along the coast with short to longer trails. Combine several in a day or do something longer, there's lots of options. If you watch RCI, they frequently have cheap deals; we stayed 3 times for under $300 for the week on Getaways.
 

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You could stay at the San Luis Bay Inn in Avila Beach, and go hiking around San Luis Obispo County.
 

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Nice coastal hikes if you can get in at Newport Coast Villas. Crystal Cove State Park right next door, and Top of the World in Laguna Beach.

 

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Thank you so much for all the ideas for me! I really appreciate it and will choose some places and see if I can get confirmed.
Also, does anybody know about the east side of the Sierra Mountain, where is a good place to stay and tour around the mountain?
 

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Thank you so much for all the ideas for me! I really appreciate it and will choose some places and see if I can get confirmed.
Also, does anybody know about the east side of the Sierra Mountain, where is a good place to stay and tour around the mountain?
I did a lot of hiking there in the '90s - early '00s renting a place at Mammoth Lakes. Lots of great hiking both north and south. There is a timeshare near June Lake, but it never seems to be available in hiking season and wasn't that appealing. Mammoth has a lot of condos and house rentals which have gotten more expensive in the last 15 years but It has the most options and makes a good base. Fall/Sept is a great time but the weather can turn in early Oct. The big thing to remember is that much of the hiking is at 10000' and getting acclimated and how you personally react to altitude is a major consideration. But the aspens turning and the scenery is just spectacular and there are lots of good hikes that fit your criteria.
 

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Sue1947, Thank you so much for this precious info! This info is exactly what I am looking for!
 
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That is a spectacular area for hiking. I particularly like the Devil's Postpile area down to Rainbow Falls, but there are endless loops and trails throughout the area. It's all very pretty. Bring lots of water with you as it can get remote.

Have you heard of the alltrails.com website and app? It will help you find trails literally anywhere in the world. They rate them for ease/difficulty and let you know pertinent information such as length of hike, altitude gain, distance, and reviews. The reviews are very helpful for real life details about the trail.
 

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Joshua Tree National Park - stay in the Palm Springs area.
 

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Yes, we know all trails and use it often.
Joshua Tree National Park is a great hiking park, thank you for the info.
All inputs are really appreciated!!
 
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