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:
San Diego (4), Auburn (4), Malibu (3), Pasadena (3), Thousand Oaks (3), Big Bear Lake (2)

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

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