Best Trail Running in California

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

    4 Reviews

    Los Angeles, CA

    This delightful course is ideal for newcomers to trail running in Los Angeles. The wide, smooth fire roads are popular with walkers, runners, and equestrians. There are several water stops and ...
    •  .7 - 1/5 hours
    •  5.25 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    0 Reviews

    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 State Historic Park and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. ...
    •  .5 - 1 hour
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    0 Reviews

    Laguna Beach, CA

    Aliso Summit Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Laguna Niguel, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 333 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  1.25 - 2.5 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    3 Reviews

    Pasadena, CA

    This excellent course has the excitement of waterfalls, forest, chaparral, and great views. Numerous signs along the well-maintained trail make it easy to stay on track. There are several restrooms, ...
    •  1.5 - 2.5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    This excellent course has the excitement of waterfalls, forest, chaparral, and great views. Numerous signs along the well-maintained ...

  • #5 Loch Leven Lakes Trail

    12 Reviews

    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 long and begins at 5,795 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is ...
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    3 Reviews

    Laguna Beach, CA

    Open fields of grass and wildflowers and sagebrush-covered hills with ocean and canyon views characterize this course. The descent into the canyon follows a stream with heavy vegetation. The ...
    •  1.5 - 2.5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Open fields of grass and wildflowers and sagebrush-covered hills with ocean and canyon views characterize this course. The ...

  • #7 Cascade Falls Trails (17E04A)

    7 Reviews

    Tahoe City, CA

    Cascade Falls Trails (17E04A) is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 6,888 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2 hours
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    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 ...

  • #9 West Ridge Trail

    2 Reviews

    Laguna Beach, CA

    West Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 663 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    2 Reviews

    Laguna Beach, CA

    West Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 663 feet altitude. Traveling ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    West Ridge Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Orange County, California. It is within Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness ...

  • #11 Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail

    3 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Point Mugu State Park. It is 2.7 miles long ...
    •  1.5 - 3 hours
    •  10.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Ray Miller Trail / Backbone Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura County, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National ...

  • #12 Mount Tallac Trail

    16 Reviews

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

    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

    3 Reviews

    Ventura, CA

    Ventura Botanical Gardens Trail is a hiking trail in Ventura, California. It is within Grant Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 458 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles ...
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    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)

    6 Reviews

    South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Glen Alpine Trail (17E06) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 2.3 miles long and begins ...
    •  7 hours
    •  11.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Glen Alpine Trail (17E06) is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness ...

  • #15 Sullivan Canyon Trail

    3 Reviews

    Santa Monica, CA

    Sullivan Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 609 feet ...
    •  1.25 - 2 hours
    •  8.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Sullivan Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Los Angeles, California. It is within Santa Monica Mountains ...

  • #16 Cronan Ranch Road

    7 Reviews

    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 911 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total ...
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    0 Reviews

    Ojai, CA

    Though it sits on the edge of Los Angeles, a metropolitan area that is ever-changing and expanding, the Ojai Valley has retained its rural charm. Part of that charm is the rail-trail that follows ...
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    2 Reviews

    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 of Pacific Grove when you pass. There is no doubt that sparkling ...
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    1 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    Some of the higher ridges and peaks of the Santa Monica Mountains surround Malibu Creek State Park in Malibu Canyon. This run follows Malibu Creek and surrounding grass-filled meadows. The Paramount ...
    •  1.25 - 2 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    2 Reviews

    Concord, CA

    Iron Horse Link is a hiking and biking trail in Concord, California. It is 347 feet long and begins at 33 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of ...
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    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

    2 Reviews

    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 in the heart of San Diego. You will gain 950 feet in 1.5 miles on ...
    •  .5 - 1.25 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    If you are looking for a quad-blasting experience on a short, steep climb, this is it. Cowles Mountain is the tallest mountain ...