This list represents the most popular trail running in California. Use this list to plan your next California trail running trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Griffith Park to Mount Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA
This delightful course is ideal for newcomers to trail running in Los Angeles. The wide, smooth fire roads are popular with ...
#2 Temescal Canyon to Will Rogers State Park
Santa Monica, CA
Temescal Canyon to Will Rogers State Park is a hiking and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Will Rogers ...
#3 Aliso Summit Trail
Laguna Beach, CA
Aliso Summit Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Laguna Niguel, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness ...
#4 Santa Anita Canyon / Upper Winter Creek Loop
This excellent course has the excitement of waterfalls, forest, chaparral, and great views. Numerous signs along the well-maintained ...
#5 Loch Leven Lakes Trail
Soda Springs, CA
Loch Leven Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 3.6 miles ...
#6 El Moro Canyon
Open fields of grass and wildflowers and sagebrush-covered hills with ocean and canyon views characterize this course. The ...
#7 Cascade Falls Trails (17E04A)
Tahoe City, CA
Cascade Falls Trails (17E04A) is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management ...
#8 Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes Loop
Two picturesque, near timberline lakes with a stunning backdrop from the craggy summits of The Sisters and Round Top are ...
#9 West Ridge Trail
West Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness ...
#10 West Ridge Trail
#11 Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail
Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National ...
#12 Mount Tallac Trail
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 ...
#13 Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail
Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura, California. It is within Grant Park. It is 1.1 miles long and ...
#14 Glen Alpine Trail (17E06)
Glen Alpine Trail (17E06) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness ...
#15 Sullivan Canyon Trail
Sullivan Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains ...
#16 Cronan Ranch Road
Pilot Hill, 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 ...
#17 Ojai Valley Trail
Though it sits on the edge of Los Angeles, a metropolitan area that is ever-changing and expanding, the Ojai Valley has retained ...
#18 Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail
Pacific Grove, CA
This rail-trail immerses you in the culture of the sea. If you are lucky, otters will be frolicking in the kelp off the coast ...
#19 Malibu Creek State Park to Paramount Ranch
Some of the higher ridges and peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains surround Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. This ...
#20 Iron Horse Link
Iron Horse Link is a hiking and biking trail in Concord, California. It is 347 feet long and begins at 33 feet altitude. ...
#21 Cowles Mountain
San Diego, CA
If you are looking for a quad-blasting experience on a short, steep climb, this is it. Cowles Mountain is the tallest mountain ...
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