Best Mountain Biking in California

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

  • #1 Backbone Trail / Castor Crest

    11 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes place on the Backbone Trail, a path that snakes across ...
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 17-Mile Drive to Carmel Road Ride

    3 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    Never mind that this is a road ride. The famed 17-Mile Drive is a ride that’s rated as one of the Top 100 routes to pedal in America. If this is your first time to the Monterey Peninsula, this ...
    •  29 miles
    •  Guide

    Never mind that this is a road ride. The famed 17-Mile Drive is a ride that’s rated as one of the Top 100 routes to pedal ...

  • #5 Chino Hills State Park

    4 Reviews

    Brea, CA

    Located in Carbon Canyon near the city of Brea. Highlights: Awesome singletrack on Raptor Ridge. Hazards: Climbing the Three Bitches. Rattlesnakes, bobcats, and mountain lions. Parking at the ...
    •  1.6 hours
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Carbon Canyon near the city of Brea. Highlights: Awesome singletrack on Raptor Ridge. Hazards: Climbing the Three ...

  • #6 Cleghorn Fire Road

    11 Reviews

    San Bernardino National Forest, CA

    Cleghorn Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest. It is 10.7 miles long and begins at 2,997 feet altitude. ...
    •  10.7 miles

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

  • #7 Daley Ranch

    5 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    This ride is located northeast of Escondido in San Diego's north County region. Beginning a few miles from the center of Escondido, the ride quickly climbs through rocky, boulder-strewn land. ...
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride is located northeast of Escondido in San Diego's north County region. Beginning a few miles from the center of ...

  • #8 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 Point Mugu State Park, Boney Mountain State Wilderness, and Santa Monica Mountains National ...
    •  4.4 miles

    Big Sycamore Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Point Mugu State ...

  • #9 China Camp Loop

    8 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward the ridgeline and follow the contours to China Camp Village. This picturesque ...
    •  1.5 - 2 hours
    •  11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward ...

  • #10 Sycamore Canyon Park

    4 Reviews

    Riverside, CA

    Located in Riverside County near Moreno Park. Highlights: Fun rollercoastering singletrack similar to cross-country race conditions. Wide variety of other trails to explore. Hazards: Ticks and ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Riverside County near Moreno Park. Highlights: Fun rollercoastering singletrack similar to cross-country race ...

  • #11 Lake Clementine Loop

    4 Reviews

    Auburn, CA

    The hugely popular Lake Clementine Loop is a must for anyone new to the area. The trail follows two different branches of the magnificent American River, the North and Middle Forks. As you ...
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The hugely popular Lake Clementine Loop is a must for anyone new to the area. The trail follows two different branches of ...

  • #12 Big Meadow to Dardanelles Lake

    4 Reviews

    Hope Valley, CA

    Dardanelles Lake is a scenic lake backdropped by impressive granodiorite cliffs that offers decent fishing and relatively warm water for swimming. Far enough off the thoroughfare of the Tahoe ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Dardanelles Lake is a scenic lake backdropped by impressive granodiorite cliffs that offers decent fishing and relatively ...

  • #13 Box Springs Mountain Park

    5 Reviews

    Grand Terrace, CA

    Located in Riverside County in the mountain range between the city of Grand Terrace and Moreno Valley. Highlights: Fun, technical singletrack descent. Views of Riverside from atop the radio tower ...
    •  1.3 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Located in Riverside County in the mountain range between the city of Grand Terrace and Moreno Valley. Highlights: Fun, technical ...

  • #14 American River Bike Trail

    9 Reviews

    Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, CA

    American River Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Placer County and Sacramento County, California. It is within Folsom Lake State Recreational Area, Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park, ...
    •  40.2 miles

    American River Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Placer County and Sacramento County, California. It is within Folsom ...

  • #15 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 ...

  • #16 Glory Hole Lower

    2 Reviews

    Stockton, CA

    This ride from the lower parking area involves riding to the Angels Creek Trail, around that loop, and back. Highlights: Wide, smooth, and gradual singletrack; the Angels Creek Trail dips and ...
    •  1 hour
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This ride from the lower parking area involves riding to the Angels Creek Trail, around that loop, and back. Highlights: ...

  • #17 Blue Lakes & Indian Valley

    5 Reviews

    Markleeville, CA

    There are many beautiful lakes and meadows, as well as vistas of the Mokelumne Wilderness. There are opportunities for hiking, camping, fishing and mountain biking.
    •  3 - 3.5 hours
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    There are many beautiful lakes and meadows, as well as vistas of the Mokelumne Wilderness. There are opportunities for hiking, ...

  • #18 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. ...

  • #19 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. ...

  • #20 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 ...