California National Parks Trails

To find trails in California national parks, national monuments and other National Park Service locations, select a region or trail below.

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail :: Atascadero, CA

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail is a hiking trail in Atascadero, California. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 827 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 28 feet.

Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail :: Coalinga Mineral Springs County Park, CA

Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation Trail is a hiking trail in Fresno County, California. It is within Coalinga Mineral Springs County Park. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 2,096 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with

Yosemite National Park Road :: Stanislaus National Forest, CA

Yosemite National Park Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 4,798 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is

Yosemite National Park Road :: Yosemite National Park, CA

Yosemite National Park Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 4,598 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevati

National Forest Development Road 049 :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 049 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mono County, California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 8,067 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with

National Forest Development Road 120 Trail :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 120 Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in California and Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 5,322 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.4 miles w

National Forest Development Road 067 Trail :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 067 Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in California and Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 7.9 miles long and begins at 8,070 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.9 miles

National Forest Development Road 195 Trail :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 195 Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in California and Nevada. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 6,816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles w

National Forest Development Road 049 :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 049 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Mono County, California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 5,308 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.3 miles with

National Forest Development Road 069 :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 069 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada and California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 4.5 miles long and begins at 7,053 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.1 miles with a

National Forest Development Road 128 Trail :: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA

National Forest Development Road 128 Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Nevada and California. It is within Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 8.8 miles long and begins at 5,848 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles w

High Desert National Recreation Trail :: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, CA

High Desert National Recreation Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 4,525 feet altitude. Traveling the

High Desert National Recreation Trail :: San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, CA

High Desert National Recreation Trail is a hiking trail in Los Angeles County, California. It is within San Gabriel Mountains National Monument and Pleasant View Ridge Wilderness. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 4,525 feet altitude. Traveling the

National Park Boulevard :: Joshua Tree National Park, CA

National Park Boulevard is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Joshua Tree National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 4,041 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total eleva

National Forest Road 2n90 :: San Bernardino National Forest, CA

National Forest Road 2n90 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Bighorn Mountain Wilderness and San Bernardino National Forest. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 6,754 feet altitude. Traveling the en

National Parks Service Road :: Mojave National Preserve, CA

National Parks Service Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Mojave Wilderness and Mojave National Preserve. It is two miles long and begins at 4,604 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is

Death Valley National Park :: Death Valley National Park, CA

Death Valley National Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Inyo County, California. It is within Death Valley National Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at -182 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation

National Old Trails Highway :: Mojave Trails National Monument, CA

National Old Trails Highway is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Mojave Trails National Monument. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 1,219 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with

National Forest 34 Jourbert :: Tahoe National Forest, CA

National Forest 34 Jourbert is a hiking trail in Sierra County and Yuba County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 2,981 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gai

Grand National Trail 8w23 :: Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA

Grand National Trail 8w23 is a hiking trail in Trinity County, California. It is within Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Trinity Alps Wilderness. It is two miles long and begins at 5,410 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a

National Forest Road 77 :: Klamath National Forest, CA

National Forest Road 77 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Klamath National Forest. It is 6.7 miles long and begins at 7,016 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.5 miles with a total elevation

Point Reyes National Seashore Bike & Hike :: Olema, CA

Point Reyes National Seashore has but a few trails legal for bikes. The vast majority of the park is dedicated to hikers and equestrians. This ride is a great opportunity to combine an easy bike ride with a hike. Bring along a snack and get the co

Joshua Tree National Park Geology Tour :: Indio, CA

The scenery in Joshua Tree National Park is truly spectacular. High rock inselbergs, large piles of granite boulders, beautiful cactus gardens, and occasional California junipers growing along moist wash lines make for contrast and interest along the

Redwood National Park Coastal Drive :: Crescent City, CA

The coastal drive in Redwood National Park is an easy loop on paved and gravel roads that are suitable for year-round travel. The trail’s major attraction is its coastal views, which provide a chance to spot some of the larger marine mammals. Gray wh

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge Trail :: Tulelake, CA

This easy trail travels a mix of paved and gravel roads past a variety of interesting features in the Tule Lake region. The first section runs along the gravel roads of Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. It passes along the south side of Sump 1-A be

Red Box/ Gabrielino National Recreation Trail :: Sierra Madre, CA

The Red Box/Gabrielino National Recreation Trail (NRT) offers the most dynamic and encompassing terrain of any one ride in Southern California. The first 6 miles is a pristine high-desert snake run with plenty of granite boulders, spiny yucca plants,

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail :: San Juan Bautista , CA

This easily accessed, tucked- away historic gem is a multiuse trail situated in the Gavilan Range across from San Juan Bautista home, the fifteenth mission in the California mission system. The hike sweeps up a moderate, mostly exposed hillside to a

Point Reyes National Seashore Outer Coast Camping Tour-Drakes Beach to Coast Camp and Stinson Beach :: Point Reyes Station, CA

One of the premier open-coast camping trips in the state, the lower half of the Point Reyes National Seashore is a southerly version of Mendocino’s Lost Coast: a 20-mile stretch of roadless, uninhabited coastal wilderness, with rugged cliffs and remo

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve: Moss Landing to Kirby Park :: Moss Landing, CA

Winding some 7 miles from the sea into rolling coastal hills, Elkhorn Slough is California’s second-largest marine wetland after San Francisco Bay and one of only twenty-eight National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country. In addition to bein

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge :: Salinas, CA

The secluded marshland at the mouth of the Salinas River is a well-known hot spot among local birders. Although there are fewer species here than at Elkhorn Slough, the birds tend to concentrate in large flocks by the river mouth and are easier to sp

Mount Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area :: Mill Valley, CA

High on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais and along Bolinas Ridge, this route takes full advantage of the mountain’s challenging trails, breathtaking views, forested glades, and flowery slopes. Coastal fog often obscures vistas in the morning and late afte

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Samuel P. Taylor State Park :: Fairfax, CA

From the heights of Bolinas Ridge you’ll have magnificent views of the sparkling ocean, tree-covered ridges, deep canyons, oak-dotted hills, and distant peaks. You’ll also glimpse Marin County history as you pass trails named for early landholders an

Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline to John Muir National Historic Site on the Hulet Hornbeck Trail :: Benicia, CA

Roam rolling ridgelands in northern Contra Costa County on a trail named for longtime East Bay Regional Open Space District planner and trail enthusiast Hulet Hornbeck. It follows the old California Riding and Hiking Trail, a round-the-state trail sy

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Sweeney Ridge to Milagra Ridge :: Pacifica, CA

A trek along this 1000-acre ridgetop visits the San Francisco Bay Discovery Site, unique coastal plant communities, and the Skyline College campus and offers sweeping views of the coast and mountains. The long, rounded Sweeney Ridge, separating north

Joshua Tree National Park: White Tank Campground :: Mecca, CA

Why is the arborescent tree yucca (Yucca brevifolia) called the Joshua tree? I have it on good authority that a group of Mormons was laboring across the trackless wastes, under a blazing sun, when they entered a Yucca brevifolia forest. Out of nowher

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Tidelands Trail :: Fremont, CA

This easy loop, with habitat ranging from upland to salt marsh, is a perfect introduction to the amazing variety of plants and animals, especially birds, found in the refuge. Fall, winter, and spring, when bird populations are highest, are the best t

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail: Wildcat Canyon to Lomas Cantadas :: Richmond, CA

This northernmost segment of the 31-mile East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail uses the Wildcat Creek, Belgum, San Pablo Ridge, Curran, Sea View, Lupine, and Vollmer Peak trails, along with Nimitz Way, to traverse Wildcat Canyon and Tilden regio

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail: Lomas Cantadas to Skyline Gate :: Berkeley, CA

This segment of the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, here also part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, heads southeast from the edge of Tilden Regional Park, crosses EBMUD land and the Caldecott Tunnel, and then traverses Sibley Volcanic and Huc

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate :: Oakland, CA

This section of the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, here part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, follows the West Ridge Trail through Redwood Regional Park for almost that trail’s entire length, then uses the Golden Spike nd MacDonald trails t

East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail: MacDonald Gate to Proctor Gate :: Castro Valley, CA

This lengthwise exploration of Anthony Chabot Regional Park is the southernmost leg of the East Bay Skyline National Recreation Trail, using the MacDonald, Grass Valley, and Brandon trails. The Bay Area Ridge Trail also uses most of this route, leavi

Hawley Grade National Recreation Trail :: South Lake Tahoe, CA

This short hike climbs an intact stretch of a historic trans-Sierra highway, one of the most interesting sections of the old Pony Express route. Making a sharp U-turn, our track proceeds askance up the steep east-facing flank of the Upper Truckee can

Pinecrest Lake National Recreation Area :: Pinecrest, CA

This short loop offers picturesque views of Pinecrest Lake and its deep granite basin. It makes a pleasant leg-stretcher, particularly during late and early seasons, when the summer crowds are gone. The narrow blacktop trail pushes on through forest

Methuselah National Recreation Trail :: Big Pine, CA

Fantastic for their tortured shapes and longevity, the bristlecone pines that dwell in the harsh White Mountains are the world’s oldest living things. This loop hike visits a grove where the oldest of them all still lives. Although not in the Sierra

Point Reyes National Seashore: Mount Wittenberg and Bear Valley to the Sea Loop :: Olema, CA

The hike starts in a lush forest of Douglas fir and oak trees. You then follow the ridgeline, with views of Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The trail descends to the treeless, stark beauty of coastal bluffs. Have lunch on a tiny, id

Point Reyes National Seashore: Tomales Point :: Tomales, CA

The stark beauty of this narrow coastal bluff, the ocean often appearing and disappearing in sheets of wispy fog, can be otherworldly and humbling in its implied vastness. Springtime wildflowers add bursts of color along the trail, and the tule elk,

Point Reyes National Seashore: Lighthouse and Chimney Rock Trails :: Point Reyes Station, CA

The Chimney Rock Trail is a short, easy hike that boasts one of the best wildflower displays on the coast and is the site of shipwrecks dating to 1585. The trail traces a bluff above 500-foot cliffs, providing spectacular coastline scenery. Add a

Point Reyes National Seashore: Palomarin Trailhead to Alamere Falls :: Bolinas, CA

The trail from Palomarin on the southwestern edge of Point Reyes National Seashore takes you through coastal bluffs and woodland with Pacific views. There are two lakes on the featured hike. The highlight of this hike is 40-foot Alamere tidal falls.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: San Francisco's Land's End :: San Francisco, CA

A popular family and tourist trail, this wide and pleasant dirt path follows the cliffs above the bay. It occasionally heads inland through scrub and eucalyptus trees, then works its way back to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy gre

Point Reyes National Seashore: Bear Valley to Arch Rock :: Point Reyes Station, CA

Departing from the Bear Valley Visitor Center, a nearly level fire road ushers you through woods, a meadow, and coastal grassland. At a bluff called Arch Rock, the turnaround point, there are beautiful views of the ocean and shoreline. The hike retur

Point Reyes National Seashore: Estero to Drakes Bay :: Inverness, CA

Point Reyes has creeks, ocean and bay coastline, a lagoon, waterfalls, ponds and lakes, and an estuary, which lends its name to this trailhead, Estero. You’ll descend through coastal scrub and a pocket of pines to a little bridge, then climb to a blu