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), Huntington Beach (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Muir WoodsMill Valley, California
2. Arroyo SecoPasadena, California
3. Chantry FlatsArcadia, 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. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern CaliforniaCampo, California
23. Hidden Falls ParkAuburn, California
24. Clementine LoopAuburn, California
25. 30 Miles Of AuburnAuburn, California
26. Andrew Molera State ParkBig Sur, California
27. Nike Site # 29 Whittier Hills Whittier, California
28. Salmon Falls/Sweetwater LoopSacramento, California
29. Chilnualna Falls, YosemiteWawona, California
30. Turnbull CanyonWhittier, California
31. Fullerton LoopFullerton, California
32. Skyline TrailLos Angeles, California
33. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature CenterPasadena, California
34. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParksThree Rivers, California
35. Fremont OlderCupertino, California
36. Briones Regional ParkWalnut Creek, California
37. Pine Knot TrailBig Bear Lake, California
38. Telegraph CanyonBrea/chino Hills, California
39. Bolsa Chica State BeachHuntington Beach, California
40. Sunnyside TrailPasadena, California
41. Illilouette FallsYosemite National Park/Glacier Point, California
42. Pacific Crest Trail: Northern CaliforniaTuolumne Meadows, California
43. Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkBorrego Springs, California
44. Highway 87 TrailSan Jose, California
45. Chino Hills State ParkChino Hills, California
46. El Moro - Erection LoopNewport Beach, California
47. Backbone (Kanan to Etz Malloy)Malibu, California
48. Mammoth Mountain ResortMammoth Lakes, California
49. Christmas Hill Garlic RideGilroy, California
50. Crystal Cove State ParkLaguna Beach, California
51. Lake HodgesSan Diego, California
52. Aliso Creek / Woods CanyonLaguna Beach, California
53. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaThousand Oaks, California
54. Asilomar State BeachPacific Grove, California
55. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation AreaBaldwin Hills, California
56. San Dimas Canyon Community Regional ParkSan Dimas, California
57. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, California
58. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
59. Forest Of Nisene Marks & Soquel Demonstration ForestSanta Cruz, California
60. Joaquin MillerBerkeley, California
61. Snow Summit Mountain ResortBig Bear Lake, California
62. Marshal CanyonClaremont, California
63. Bothe-Napa Valley State ParkCalistoga, California
64. Garrapata State ParkCarmel, California
65. Malibu Lagoon State BeachMalibu, California
66. Bernal Heights ParkSan Francisco, California
67. El Mirage Dry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation AreaLos Angeles, California
68. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
69. Flume TrailTahoe, California
70. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
71. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
72. Will Rogers State Historic ParkPacific Palisades, California
73. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
74. Huckleberry Botanic Regional PreserveOakland, California
75. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
76. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
77. Santiago OaksOrange, California
78. Granite Bay TrailGranite Bay, California
79. Glory HoleAngels Camp, California
80. Wilder Ranch State ParkSanta Cruz, California
81. Big RideAptos, California
82. Uvas Canyon County ParkMorgan Hill, California
83. Sly ParkPollack Pines, California
84. Millard FallsAlta Dena, California
85. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
86. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
87. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
88. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
89. Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes Station, California
90. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
91. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
92. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
93. Huntington State BeachHuntington Beach, California
94. Mount Tamalpais State ParkMill Valley, California
95. Glen Helen Regional ParkSan Bernadino, California
96. Kaweah LakeVisalia, California
97. Placerita Canyon Nature Center (Los Pinetos & Canyon Trail Only)Newhall, California
98. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional ParksHayward, California
99. Chitactac-Adams County ParkGilroy, California
100. Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail, Owens Peak SegmentBakersfield, California