The Best Hiking Trails in California

Most Popular California Hiking Trails

We've ranked the best places to hike in California using our unique hiking trail popularity algorithm that accounts for the average rating and number of reviews for a trail, the number of people who have hiked or wish they could hike at that hiking trail. Sign up for a free account and vote for your favorite hiking trails by submitting a trail review or creating a hiking wishlist today!

New! Find the best hiking trails by city:
Auburn (4), San Diego (3), Pasadena (3), Morgan Hill (2), Laguna Beach (2), Whittier (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Muir WoodsMill Valley, California
2. Chantry FlatsArcadia, California
3. Torrey Pines State Natural ReserveDel Mar, California
4. John Muir TrailCurry Village, Yosemite NP, California
5. Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego, California
6. Arroyo SecoPasadena, California
7. Jenkinson Lake LoopSly Park, California
8. Chumash TrailPort Hueneme, California
9. Mount Diablo State ParkWalnut Creek, California
10. El Capitan PreserveLakeside, California
11. Dominguez Gap WetlandsLong Beach, California
12. Whiskeytown National Recreation AreaWhiskeytown, California
13. Austin Creek State Recreation AreaGuerneville, California
14. la purisima mission main loop traillompoc, California
15. The GrottoThousand Oaks, California
16. Sandstone Peak via Backbone TrailThousand Oaks, California
17. Palomar Mountain State ParkPalomar Mountain, California
18. Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork San Gabriel RiverAzusa, California
19. Double PeakSan Marcos, California
20. 30 Miles Of AuburnAuburn, California
21. Turnbull CanyonWhittier, California
22. Fullerton LoopFullerton, California
23. Hidden Falls ParkAuburn, California
24. Nike Site # 29 Whittier Hills Whittier, California
25. Salmon Falls/Sweetwater LoopSacramento, California
26. Chilnualna Falls, YosemiteWawona, California
27. Clementine LoopAuburn, California
28. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern CaliforniaCampo, California
29. Skyline TrailLos Angeles, California
30. Andrew Molera State ParkBig Sur, California
31. Fremont OlderCupertino, California
32. Briones Regional ParkWalnut Creek, California
33. Telegraph CanyonBrea/chino Hills, California
34. Illilouette FallsYosemite National Park/Glacier Point, California
35. Palomar Observatory TrailPauma Valley, California
36. Aliso Creek / Woods CanyonLaguna Beach, California
37. Pacific Crest Trail: Northern CaliforniaTuolumne Meadows, California
38. Bolsa Chica State BeachHuntington Beach, California
39. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature CenterPasadena, California
40. Sunnyside TrailPasadena, California
41. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, California
42. Tahoe Rim TrailTahoe City, California
43. Chino Hills State ParkChino Hills, California
44. El Moro - Erection LoopNewport Beach, California
45. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParksThree Rivers, California
46. Pine Knot TrailBig Bear Lake, California
47. Flume TrailTahoe, California
48. Mammoth Mountain ResortMammoth Lakes, California
49. Christmas Hill Garlic RideGilroy, California
50. Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley, California
51. Crystal Cove State ParkLaguna Beach, California
52. Backbone (Kanan to Etz Malloy)Malibu, California
53. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
54. Lake HodgesSan Diego, California
55. Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkBorrego Springs, California
56. Asilomar State BeachPacific Grove, California
57. Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park, California
58. Downieville DownhillDownieville, California
59. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
60. Forest Of Nisene Marks & Soquel Demonstration ForestSanta Cruz, California
61. Joaquin MillerBerkeley, California
62. Snow Summit Mountain ResortBig Bear Lake, California
63. Marshal CanyonClaremont, California
64. Bothe-Napa Valley State ParkCalistoga, California
65. Garrapata State ParkCarmel, California
66. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
67. Redwood Regional ParkCastro Valley, California
68. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
69. Huckleberry Botanic Regional PreserveOakland, California
70. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
71. Santiago OaksOrange, California
72. Glory HoleAngels Camp, California
73. Wilder Ranch State ParkSanta Cruz, California
74. Big RideAptos, California
75. Uvas Canyon County ParkMorgan Hill, California
76. Sly ParkPollack Pines, California
77. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
78. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
79. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
80. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
81. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
82. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
83. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
84. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
85. San Dimas Canyon Community Regional ParkSan Dimas, California
86. Kaweah LakeVisalia, California
87. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional ParksHayward, California
88. Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management AreaBakersfield, California
89. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
90. Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County ParkSan Martin, California
91. Los PosadasAngwin, California
92. Arastradero PreservePalo Alto, California
93. Annadel State ParkSanta Rosa, California
94. El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space PresWoodside, California
95. Purisma CreekWoodside, California
96. China CampMarin, California
97. Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation AreaFremont, California
98. Camp TamaranchoMarin, California
99. Rockville ParkFairfield, California
100. Anthony Chabot Regional ParkCastro Valley, California


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