Best Horseback Riding in California

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

  • #1 Cleghorn Fire Road

    11 Reviews

    Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area, CA

    Cleghorn Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Silverwood Lake State Recreational Area and San Bernardino National Forest. It is 15.9 ...
    •  15.9 miles

    Cleghorn Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within Silverwood Lake ...

  • #2 Big Sycamore Canyon Trail

    12 Reviews

    Point Mugu State Park, CA

    Big Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Boney Mountain State Wilderness, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and ...
    •  4.4 miles

    Big Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Boney Mountain ...

  • #3 Barney Lake and Peeler Lake Trail

    3 Reviews

    Bridgeport, CA

    The Robinson Creek Trail is the most popular route through the Hoover Wilderness and into the Yosemite north country, and justifiably so. This relatively short, scenic trail leads quickly into ...
    •  5-10 hours
    •  16.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Robinson Creek Trail is the most popular route through the Hoover Wilderness and into the Yosemite north country, and ...

  • #4 Stuart Fork Trail to Emerald and Sapphire Lakes

    6 Reviews

    Weaverville, CA

    These tantalizingly named lakes lie at the end of a trail that crosses one of the largest alpine meadows in the Trinity Alps. There are numerous reminders of the gold mining activity that took ...
    •  3 days
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    These tantalizingly named lakes lie at the end of a trail that crosses one of the largest alpine meadows in the Trinity Alps. ...

  • #5 Donner Canyon Road

    8 Reviews

    Mount Diablo State Park, CA

    Donner Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clayton, California. It is within Mount Diablo State Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 523 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  1.5 miles

    Donner Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Clayton, California. It is within Mount Diablo State Park. It ...

  • #6 Boulder Creek Road

    5 Reviews

    Cleveland National Forest, CA

    Boulder Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 13.0 miles long and begins at 3,651 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  13.0 miles

    Boulder Creek Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Cleveland National ...

  • #7 Holy Jim Hiking Trail

    12 Reviews

    Cleveland National Forest, CA

    Holy Jim Hiking Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Riverside County and Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 4,169 feet altitude. ...
    •  4.6 miles

    Holy Jim Hiking Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Riverside County and Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland ...

  • #8 Holy Jim Canyon Road

    5 Reviews

    Cleveland National Forest, CA

    Holy Jim Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,733 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  0.5 miles

    Holy Jim Canyon Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Orange County, California. It is within Cleveland National Forest. ...

  • #9 Caples Creek–Silver Fork Loop: Caples Creek Proposed Wilderness

    6 Reviews

    Kyburz, CA

    The proposed Caples Creek Wilderness is relatively small in comparison to the Mokelumne Wilderness to the south and the Desolation Wilderness to the north, but its glaciated topography, rugged ...
    •  5 to 6 hours
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The proposed Caples Creek Wilderness is relatively small in comparison to the Mokelumne Wilderness to the south and the Desolation ...

  • #10 Robie Point Fire Break Trail

    8 Reviews

    Auburn State Recreational Area, CA

    Robie Point Fire Break Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Auburn, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,128 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2.1 miles

    Robie Point Fire Break Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Auburn, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational ...

  • #11 Foresthill Divide Loop

    11 Reviews

    Auburn State Recreational Area, CA

    Foresthill Divide Loop is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 1,588 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  10.2 miles

    Foresthill Divide Loop is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Auburn State Recreational Area. ...

  • #12 Lupine Loop

    11 Reviews

    Monterey County, CA

    Lupine Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 195 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  1.4 miles

    Lupine Loop is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Monterey County, California. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 195 feet ...

  • #13 Big Meadow Trailhead to Echo Summit and Echo Lake

    2 Reviews

    Meyers, CA

    There are three beautiful lakes on this trip: round lake is only a 5.2-mile round-trip from the trailhead. dardanelles is 1.4 miles off the TRT and provides a 6.8-mile round-trip. showers lake ...
    •  17.5 miles
    •  Guide

    There are three beautiful lakes on this trip: round lake is only a 5.2-mile round-trip from the trailhead. dardanelles is ...

  • #14 Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes Loop

    4 Reviews

    Woodfords, CA

    Two picturesque, near timberline lakes with a stunning backdrop from the craggy summits of The Sisters and Round Top are the chief attractions of this loop. The wildflower displays along the ...
    •  3 hours
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Two picturesque, near timberline lakes with a stunning backdrop from the craggy summits of The Sisters and Round Top are ...

  • #15 Santiago Peak via Holy Jim Trail

    4 Reviews

    Corona, CA

    Under good conditions, you can trace the coastline from Point Loma to Point Dume, spot both Santa Catalina and San Clemente Islands, and scratch your head trying to identify the plethora of ...
    •  9 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    Under good conditions, you can trace the coastline from Point Loma to Point Dume, spot both Santa Catalina and San Clemente ...

  • #16 Upper Blue Lake to Fourth of July Lake

    2 Reviews

    Kyburz, CA

    This route from Upper Blue Lake is definitely the back way to Fourth of July Lake, since most visitors reach the lake from either the Woods Lake or Carson Pass trailheads near Highway 88. The ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    This route from Upper Blue Lake is definitely the back way to Fourth of July Lake, since most visitors reach the lake from ...

  • #17 Needles Lookout

    5 Reviews

    Porterville, CA

    Climbing a granite pinnacle on airy stairways and catwalks to a fire tower overlooking the vast expanse of the Kern River drainage, this trail serves up the thrill of extreme rock climbing without ...
    •  2 to 3 hours.
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Climbing a granite pinnacle on airy stairways and catwalks to a fire tower overlooking the vast expanse of the Kern River ...

  • #18 Bull Run Lake

    4 Reviews

    Lake Alpine, CA

    Ascending a tributary ravine of the upper Stanislaus River, fording streams, traversing deep forest and lush meadow, the Bull Run Lake Trail passes through such varied and beautiful terrain that ...
    •  3 to 4 hours.
    •  7.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Ascending a tributary ravine of the upper Stanislaus River, fording streams, traversing deep forest and lush meadow, the ...

  • #19 Noble Lake

    5 Reviews

    Markleeville, CA

    Although Noble Lake lacks the pristine splendor of many High Sierra lakes, the hike to it offers sensational views of the volcanic Sierra Crest, glaciated Noble Canyon, and rugged alpine summits. ...
    •  5 hours.
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Although Noble Lake lacks the pristine splendor of many High Sierra lakes, the hike to it offers sensational views of the ...

  • #20 Cronan Ranch Road

    7 Reviews

    El Dorado County, CA

    Cronan Ranch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 911 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total ...
    •  2.3 miles

    Cronan Ranch Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at ...