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.

Sequoia Ski Touring Area :: Three Rivers, CA

In 1890, several years after John Muir witnessed and reported on the destruction of the Sequoia groves, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill that established Sequoia National Park. It was America’s second national park, dubbed the “stepsister”

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

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 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

Keller Peak / National Children's Forest :: Lake Arrowhead, CA

With its views from a fire look-out tower and its spur to the National Children's Forest, this 12.4-mile combination would make a great family ride. The only problem is, most kids lack the endurance for a six-mile climb, no matter how gentle it is.

Keller Peak / National Children's Forest :: San Bernardino, CA

This out-and-back ride climbs a steep, smooth, paved, two-lane road from 6000 feet to 7882 feet at the top of Keller Peak. In some spots the road is just wide enough for two cars to pass, so be sure to stay to the right, especially on the curves. The

Yosemite National Park Bike Trail :: Mariposa, CA

Admittedly, biking the paved trail through Yosemite Valley is not a real off-road adventure, nor is it technically challenging. But Yosemite National Park is not to be missed. If you’ve never been to Yosemite or if you’re driving through it to reach

Redwood National Park / Holter Ridge Loop :: Orick, CA

This is the only legal mountain bike loop in Redwood National Park. The route climbs through old growth forest and second growth forest, crossing two streams on the way. While the old logging roads and pavement return do not require a lot of mounta

Yosemite National Park / Valley Floor and Mirror Lake :: Yosemite, CA

You are limited to paved roads and bike paths, with a section of dirt, so the riding is not really mountain biking. Still, it is some of the most incredible scenery in the world and any kind of bike is a great way to visit the park's awesome sights.

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

Marin Headlands - Golden Gate National Recreation Area :: Sausalito, CA

This ride, although fairly steep in some areas, has some of the most spectacular scenery in Marin County. You climb up rugged cliffs along the Pacific Ocean. Some of the best views of San Francisco and the Pacific are seen from the bluffs of the He

Point Reyes National Seashore - Bear Valley Trail :: Olema, CA

This very pretty trail takes you through a dense forest that follows a creek. It is the most popular trail in the park and is exceptionally crowded with hikers on the weekends. Because of the congestion, it is recommended that cyclists use this tra

South Yuba National Trail :: Nevada City, CA

This is one of the longest continuous (except for 0.5 mile of dirt road) singletracks in California, and travels through an incredibly beautiful river canyon. It’s not appropriate for beginning singletrackers, but is quite ridable by those with well-

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

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

On this short, self-guiding nature trail you can walk beside a marsh and tidal slough, stop for a picnic in a former salt company pumphouse, hide in an old duck blind to watch the birds and, along the way, learn about the plant and animal life of the

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Newark Slough Trail :: San Francisco, CA

The loop trail around the slough is an invigorating walk for birdwatchers and all who enjoy open marshland and salt ponds in the Bay’s many moods.

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

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

Death Valley National Park Trails :: Ridgecrest, CA

Death Valley is one of the newest national parks in the country. It was designated a national monument in 1933, but only recently was enlarged and upgraded to national park status in 1994. Its global significance was recognized when it was designated

Joshua Tree National Park Trails :: Twentynine Palms, CA

Joshua Tree National Park is a huge granitic wilderness. Domes, peaks, ridges, and boulders crop out of the landscape like mushrooms. The granite faces attract climbers from throughout the United States who come to clamber over the weathered, cracked

Mojave National Preserve Trails :: Baker, CA

The 1.4-million-acre Mojave National Preserve takes in the eastern portion of the Mojave Desert, a vast empty quarter where boundless space and limitless vistas dominate. I-10 forms the northern border and I-40 is the southern boundary for the newly