Best Climbing in California

This list represents the most popular climbing in California. Use this list to plan your next California climbing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mount San Antonio (Mount Baldy)

    6 Reviews

    Claremont, CA

    A great escape from the noise and crowds of Los Angeles, minutes from downtown. This loop hike takes you from the desert into pine forest. The summit is the high point of the San Gabriel Mountains. ...
    •  11 miles
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    A great escape from the noise and crowds of Los Angeles, minutes from downtown. This loop hike takes you from the desert ...

  • #2 Mount Baden-Powell

    3 Reviews

    Wrightwood, CA

    A charming hike, and a great warm-up peak. The mountain, honoring the founder of the Boy Scouts, is an excellent hike for scouts of all ages. This is a very straightforward trail.
    •  8 miles
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    A charming hike, and a great warm-up peak. The mountain, honoring the founder of the Boy Scouts, is an excellent hike for ...

  • #3 Clouds Rest Trail

    3 Reviews

    Manteca, CA

    Clouds Rest Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 5.6 miles long and begins at 9,229 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  24 miles
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    Clouds Rest Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 5.6 miles ...

  • #4 Freel Peak Use Trail

    1 Reviews

    South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Freel Peak Use Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 9,723 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  8 miles
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    Freel Peak Use Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It ...

  • #5 Freel Peak

    0 Reviews

    South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Freel Peak is a hiking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins ...
    •  8 miles
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    Freel Peak is a hiking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management ...

  • #6 Sugar Bowl Ski Resort

    1 Reviews

    Norden, CA

    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director of the Badger Pass Ski School in Yosemite in the 1930s, wasn't convinced ...
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    Sugar Bowl Ski Resort was a dream that came true for two Austrian immigrants, Bill Klein and Hannes Schroll. Schroll, Director ...

  • #7 Sawtooth Pass Trail

    2 Reviews

    Visalia, CA

    Sawtooth Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park and John Krebs Wilderness. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 7,840 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  12 miles
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    Sawtooth Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park and John Krebs Wilderness. ...

  • #8 Sawtooth Pass Trail

    0 Reviews

    Visalia, CA

    Sawtooth Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is three miles long and begins at 9,555 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Sawtooth Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Sequoia National Park. It is three miles ...

  • #9 White Mountain Peak

    1 Reviews

    Bishop, CA

    Highest summit in the White Mountains, and the third-highest peak in California. It also offers the easiest ascent of any of California’s 14,000-foot mountains. The trail starts high, at an elevation ...
    •  14 miles
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    Highest summit in the White Mountains, and the third-highest peak in California. It also offers the easiest ascent of any ...

  • #10 Mount Shasta

    1 Reviews

    Mount Shasta, CA

    The highest point in Northern California. You’ll find mixed terrain, from forest to rocky slopes to snowfields. This is a long, physical trek, all the more satisfying for the effort needed to ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    The highest point in Northern California. You’ll find mixed terrain, from forest to rocky slopes to snowfields. This is a ...

  • #11 Mount Dana Trail

    3 Reviews

    Lee Vining, CA

    Mount Dana Trail is a hiking trail in Mono County and Tuolumne County, California. It is within Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park, and Inyo National Forest. It is 2.5 miles long ...
    •  5.8 miles
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    Mount Dana Trail is a hiking trail in Mono County and Tuolumne County, California. It is within Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite ...

  • #12 San Jacinto Peak

    1 Reviews

    Idyllwild, CA

    Clean, white granite boulders, rock climbing, fabulous views. And the largest pine cones you’ll probably ever see. John Muir called the view from the summit of San Jacinto Peak “one of the most ...
    •  11 miles
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    Clean, white granite boulders, rock climbing, fabulous views. And the largest pine cones you’ll probably ever see. John Muir ...

  • #13 Fresno Dome

    1 Reviews

    Oakhurst, CA

    An unlikely granite summit peering out of the pine and fir forest, with views of the Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley. The hike makes for a fine, short leg-stretcher, and the area offers good ...
    •  1.6 miles
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    An unlikely granite summit peering out of the pine and fir forest, with views of the Sierra and the San Joaquin Valley. The ...

  • #14 Mount Langley

    1 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    The southernmost California fourteener, with excellent views. Mount Langley provides one of the most straightforward ascents of a Sierra fourteener. Though a long hike, the elevation gain is ...
    •  21 miles
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    The southernmost California fourteener, with excellent views. Mount Langley provides one of the most straightforward ascents ...

  • #15 Sierra Buttes Road

    1 Reviews

    Sierra City, CA

    Sierra Buttes Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sierra County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,692 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  5.2 miles
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    Sierra Buttes Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sierra County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. ...

  • #16 Mount Tallac Trail

    16 Reviews

    South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Mount Tallac Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 6,428 feet altitude. ...
    •  10 miles
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    Mount Tallac Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin ...

  • #17 Castle Peak Trail

    3 Reviews

    Soda Springs, CA

    Castle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,961 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 ...
    •  5.4 miles
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    Castle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long ...

  • #18 Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country Ski Area

    0 Reviews

    Truckee, CA

    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) feels remarkably isolated, especially in the historic Euer Valley. The ...
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    In spite of the fact that the area lies within an upscale mountain housing development, Tahoe-Donner Cross-Country (TDXC) ...

  • #19 Matterhorn Peak (Souteast Slope / East Couloir)

    1 Reviews

    Bridgeport, CA

    Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the eye. You will know which one it is and why you want to climb it. Matterhorn ...
    •  8 miles
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    Aesthetically pleasing: From the trailhead, from the town of Bridgeport, or from Highway 395 and beyond, it commands the ...

  • #20 Olancha Peak

    2 Reviews

    Olancha, CA

    The southernmost dramatic peak on the east side of the Sierra. Visible from Highway 395, the cliffs on the east face of Olancha Peak rise to a flat summit. Olancha Peak is the prominent mountain ...
    •  13 miles
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    The southernmost dramatic peak on the east side of the Sierra. Visible from Highway 395, the cliffs on the east face of Olancha ...

  • #21 Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route

    9 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route is a hiking trail in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. It is within John Muir Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, and Inyo National Forest. It is 3.4 ...
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Whitney Mountaineer's Route is a hiking trail in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. It is within John Muir ...

  • #22 Mount Whitney Trail

    7 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    Mount Whitney Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. It is within John Muir Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, and Inyo National Forest. It is 8.0 miles long and ...
    •  21 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Whitney Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County and Inyo County, California. It is within John Muir Wilderness, Sequoia ...

  • #23 Cirque Peak

    1 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    An easily accessible peak with striking views, or a superlative peak linkup with Mount Langley. Most hikers in this area are here to climb Mount Langley, a 14,000-foot peak. But nearby Cirque ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    An easily accessible peak with striking views, or a superlative peak linkup with Mount Langley. Most hikers in this area ...