Best Walking in California

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

  • #1 Lands End View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  3 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    On a clear day this walk is sensational. Views from the Coastal Trail open across the Pacific all the way to the Farallon Islands and beyond, ...

  • #2 Daley Ranch View Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Adjacent to Dixon Lake is this 3058-acre expanse of hills, valleys, and meadows, with more than 20 miles of trails for hikers and bikers to follow. ...

  • #3 Golden Gate Park View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1.5 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Golden Gate Park—like Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge—is integral to San Francisco’s identity. The bridge is the gateway, ...

  • #4 Ocean Beach View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1 hour
    •  1.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Kids will love this walk. So will adults who cannot resist beaches, the Pacific Ocean, and San Francisco’s fabled Cliff House, with its intriguing ...

  • #5 Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve View Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Lakeside, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With 397 acres of chaparral and woodlands, Oak Oasis is a fine place to walk. Part of the projected Pines-to-Spines transcounty trail system ...

  • #6 Mission Murals View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The neighborhood surrounding 24th Street in the Mission District has a distinctly Latin feel. This is a working-class community: The sidewalks ...

  • #7 Sacramento River Parkway View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Sacramento, CA

    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Sacramento River Parkway is a hiking and biking trail in Sacramento, California. It is within Old Sacramento State Historic Park. It is 1.9 miles ...

  • #8 Sacramento Northern Bike Trail View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Sacramento, CA

    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Sacramento Northern Bike Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Sacramento, California. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 25 feet altitude. ...

  • #9 Bayshore Bikeway (Silver Strand) View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Coronado, CA

    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The Silver Strand occupies a unique niche, arcing into the Pacific Ocean at the southwestern tip of the United States. The bikeway that runs ...

  • #10 Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park: Pasadena View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Pasadena, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The city of Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park features an innovative wetlands restoration project. Water from the concrete Arroyo Seco ...

  • #11 Felicita Park View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    • Walking 
    •  45 minutes - 1 hour
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    With 53 acres of rolling hills, shade trees, and flat grassy areas, split by a pleasant year-round creek, this pretty county park offers family ...

  • #12 Lake Poway View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Walking 
    •  2 to 2.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This fine lake (man-made, of course) and its surrounding wilderness area are good news for walkers, part of the city of Poway’s system of hiking ...

  • #13 Lower Arroyo Seco: Montecito Heights, Highland Park, South Pasadena View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Pasadena, CA

    • Walking 
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Although it’s a concrete channel through Highland Park and South Pasadena, the Arroyo Seco features streamside parks new and old. This walk, ...

  • #14 Dixon Lake Recreation Area View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    • Walking 
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Owned and operated by the city of Escondido, Dixon Lake is an attractive reservoir surrounded by 527 acres of green grass, rolling hills, and ...

  • #15 Wolf Ridge Trail View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wolf Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Marin Headlands (GGNRA). It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 621 ...

  • #16 Chinatown View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1 hour
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This stimulating walk takes you through San Francisco’s most famous ethnic neighborhood. Chinatown—situated between downtown San Francisco and ...

  • #17 The Castro District and Noe Valley View Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    San Francisco, CA

    • Walking 
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This invigorating walk takes you into three distinctive San Francisco neighborhoods. From the humble and historic Harvey Milk Plaza on the corner ...

  • #18 Paradise Memorial Trailway View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Paradise, CA

    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The thick woodlands that insulate and decorate the charming town of Paradise are the setting for this delightful rail-trail. Surface: Asphalt, ...

  • #19 Hansen Dam: Lake View Terrace View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Burbank, CA

    • Walking 
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hansen Dam is a very popular place for pedestrians, runners, equestrians, and bicyclists—a sort of beach bike path for the families of the north ...

  • #20 Sycamore Canyon and Goodan Ranch View Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Walking 
    •  1.5 to 2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    These joined open-space preserves, totaling 2025 acres, offer long and short walks through chaparral-covered hills and canyons, impressive views, ...

  • #21 Black's Canyon and Scripps Coastal Reserve View Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    La Jolla, CA

    • Walking 
    •  Up to 1 hour
    •  2.3 miles
    •  Guide

    At Black’s Canyon, a dramatic descent from the million-dollar mesa-top homes of La Jolla Farms leads to one of the county’s best and least accessible ...