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), Thousand Oaks (2), Mammoth Lakes (2), Big Bear Lake (2)

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

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