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), Thousand Oaks (3), Pasadena (3), Los Angeles (2)

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. John Muir TrailCurry Village, Yosemite NP, California
6. Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego, California
7. Jenkinson Lake LoopSly Park, California
8. Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley, California
9. El Capitan PreserveLakeside, 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. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California: ACampo, California
58. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, 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. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
67. Bernal Heights ParkSan Francisco, California
68. El Mirage Dry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation AreaLos Angeles, California
69. Pauley CreekDownieville, California
70. Trt-brockway To Mt. Rose WildernessKings Beach, California
71. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
72. Flume TrailTahoe, California
73. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
74. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
75. Will Rogers State Historic ParkPacific Palisades, California
76. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
77. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
78. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
79. Santiago OaksOrange, California
80. Granite Bay TrailGranite Bay, 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. 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. Mount Tamalpais State ParkMill Valley, 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