This list represents the most popular hiking in California. Use this list to plan your next California hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Half Dome Trail
Yosemite National Park, CA
Half Dome Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 1.8 miles long ...
#2 Big Santa Anita Loop (Mt. Zion Loop) (Backpacking)
In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of ...
#3 Cowles Mountain
La Mesa, CA
Touted as one of the largest urban parks in the country, Mission Trails Regional Park, in San Diego’s San Carlos district, ...
#4 Mission Trails Regional Park: Combined Trails Loop
This nature lovers’ mecca in the middle of suburbia is a favorite of hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers.
#5 Mount Tallac Trail
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, CA
Mount Tallac Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin ...
#6 Blue Ridge Trail North
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, CA
Blue Ridge Trail North is a hiking trail in Yolo County, California. It is within Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. ...
#7 Santa Anita Canyon Loop
Sierra Madre, CA
In the lush, shady recesses of Santa Anita Canyon and its tributary, Winter Creek, you can easily lose all sight and sense ...
#8 The Upper Natural Bridge of Calaveras County
Angels Camp, CA
One of the wonders of the Gold Country, this remarkable cave on Coyote Creek cuts clear through a limestone ridge, permitting ...
#9 Loch Leven Lakes Trail
Tahoe National Forest, CA
Loch Leven Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.6 miles ...
#10 San Gorgonio Mountain
Big Bear Lake, CA
This memorable trip is perhaps the finest backpack route in southern California, touring the region’s most scenic high-mountain ...
#11 Agnew Meadows to Ediza Lake (Backpacking)
Mammoth Lakes, CA
With only moderate effort this trail places you among peaks of the spectacular Ritter Range—capped by Mt. Ritter, Banner ...
#12 Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve: Botanical Loop
This well-maintained trail offers a quiet, easy loop that makes it perfect for any age. The “Botanical Trail Guide” published ...
#13 Feather Falls Trail
Plumas National Forest, CA
Feather Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Butte County, California. It is within Plumas National Forest. It is 6.7 miles long ...
#14 Deep Creek
A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those ...
#15 Beach Trail / Broken Hill Trail Loop
Del Mar, CA
This hike will take you to the very brink of the Pacific, passing through scattered Torrey pines (one of earth’s rarest species ...
#16 Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake (Backpacking)
Your destination, Thousand Island Lake, is one of the Sierra’s great beauty spots, a huge—by Sierra standards—sheet of sky-blue ...
#17 Canyon Creek Trail
Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA
Canyon Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Trinity County, California. It is within Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Trinity ...
#18 Griffith Park Observatory to Ferndell Park: Griffith Park
This hike offers panoramic views of the Los Angeles area from the ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains. The garden pathways ...
#19 Big Santa Anita Loop (Backpacking)
#20 Paradise Falls
Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks is Ventura County’s most scenic suburban park. The scenery here has been imprinted in the ...
This is a great trail that combines cool scenery with some interesting history See More
I enjoy bird watching so visiting a bird conservation area like this is a real treat See More