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


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