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), Pasadena (3), Malibu (3), Thousand Oaks (3), Mariposa (3)

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