Hiking Inn to Inn
Melanie, I think you better put this one off until summer. The trail climbs over Carson Pass at 8,576 feet and West Pass at 9,500. It is a spectacular journey across the Sierra and back in time in the footsteps of the Pony Express and the 49ers. The trail should still be under several feet of snow in April.
I figured that out, too. Are there any other of your hikes you would recommend for April? Thought about the beach one, but we really don't want to do one where we'd run into hoards of people...
I share your aversion to the hordes, but I think you might be pleased with the coastal hikes. Both the Marin Coast and the Mendocino walkabouts would be spectacular in April. You should have the trails pretty much to yourself, even on the weekends. The hiking days end in coastal hamlets – Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, and Bolinas on the Marin Coast Walkabout and Albion, Little River and Mendocino on the Mendocino Coast Walkabout. They are all small, picturesque villages with interesting inns, great dining, and fun pubs.
It will be getting toward the end of rainy season, so you should take raingear, but early spring is wonderful on both these hikes. I’d say, go for it.