Best Hiking in California

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

    44 Reviews

    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 and begins at 8,748 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 ...
    •  1.8 miles

    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)

    11 Reviews

    Arcadia, CA

    In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis, and the millions of ...
    •  2 days
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    8 Reviews

    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, preserves some of the last remaining open space close to the heart of ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    7 Reviews

    La Mesa, CA

    This nature lovers’ mecca in the middle of suburbia is a favorite of hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers.
    •  3 hours
    •  4.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This nature lovers’ mecca in the middle of suburbia is a favorite of hikers, cyclists, and dog walkers.

  • #5 Mount Tallac Trail

    16 Reviews

    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 Management Unit. It is 4.7 miles long and begins at 6,428 feet altitude. ...
    •  4.7 miles

    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

    15 Reviews

    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. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 565 feet altitude. Traveling the ...
    •  3.9 miles

    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

    7 Reviews

    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 of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis and the millions ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    9 Reviews

    Angels Camp, CA

    One of the wonders of the Gold Country, this remarkable cave on Coyote Creek cuts clear through a limestone ridge, permitting people to swim or wade through the heart of the hillside. Even if ...
    •  1 hour, but allow more time to explore the cave.
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    13 Reviews

    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 long and begins at 5,795 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  3.6 miles

    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

    9 Reviews

    Big Bear Lake, CA

    This memorable trip is perhaps the finest backpack route in southern California, touring the region’s most scenic high-mountain landscape. Glacial cirques, virgin forests, windswept alpine ridges, ...
    •  2 to 3 days
    •  21.3 miles
    •  Guide

    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)

    6 Reviews

    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    With only moderate effort this trail places you among peaks of the spectacular Ritter Range—capped by Mt. Ritter, Banner Peak, and the Minarets—in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Some say that the ...
    •  3 days
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    7 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This well-maintained trail offers a quiet, easy loop that makes it perfect for any age. The “Botanical Trail Guide” published by reserve staff lends an educational element that makes this foray ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    12 Reviews

    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 and begins at 1,845 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 ...
    •  6.7 miles

    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

    13 Reviews

    Hesperia, CA

    A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those who like to go without clothing. Requires a gradual 6-mile hike or a ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    7 Reviews

    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 of trees), and past two magnificent viewpoints on the 350-foot ...
    •  Day hike
    •  3.25 miles
    •  Guide

    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)

    6 Reviews

    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    Your destination, Thousand Island Lake, is one of the Sierra’s great beauty spots, a huge—by Sierra standards—sheet of sky-blue water dotted picturesquely with granite islands and situated at ...
    •  3 days
    •  17.6 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    14 Reviews

    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 Alps Wilderness. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 3,090 feet altitude. ...
    •  7.2 miles

    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

    5 Reviews

    Hollywood, CA

    This hike offers panoramic views of the Los Angeles area from the ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains. The garden pathways of Ferndell Park follow along a stream lined with moss-covered rocks. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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)

    7 Reviews

    Arcadia, CA

    In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square miles of dense metropolis, and the millions of ...
    •  2 days
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of ...

  • #20 Paradise Falls

    7 Reviews

    Moorpark, CA

    Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks is Ventura County’s most scenic suburban park. The scenery here has been imprinted in the minds of many in the over-50 age group: The area was once an outdoor set ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks is Ventura County’s most scenic suburban park. The scenery here has been imprinted in the ...