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), Thousand Oaks (2), Whittier (2), Laguna Beach (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. Mount Diablo State ParkWalnut Creek, California
10. El Capitan PreserveLakeside, 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. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParksThree Rivers, California
35. Fremont OlderCupertino, California
36. Briones Regional ParkWalnut Creek, California
37. Telegraph CanyonBrea/chino Hills, California
38. Bolsa Chica State BeachHuntington Beach, California
39. Illilouette FallsYosemite National Park/Glacier Point, California
40. Palomar Observatory TrailPauma Valley, California
41. Aliso Creek / Woods CanyonLaguna Beach, California
42. Pacific Crest Trail: Northern CaliforniaTuolumne Meadows, California
43. Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkBorrego Springs, California
44. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature CenterPasadena, California
45. Sunnyside TrailPasadena, California
46. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, California
47. Tahoe Rim TrailTahoe City, California
48. Snow Summit Mountain ResortBig Bear Lake, California
49. Chino Hills State ParkChino Hills, California
50. El Moro - Erection LoopNewport Beach, California
51. Backbone (Kanan to Etz Malloy)Malibu, California
52. Flume TrailTahoe, California
53. Mammoth Mountain ResortMammoth Lakes, California
54. Christmas Hill Garlic RideGilroy, California
55. Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley, California
56. Crystal Cove State ParkLaguna Beach, California
57. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
58. Lake HodgesSan Diego, California
59. Asilomar State BeachPacific Grove, California
60. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation AreaBaldwin Hills, California
61. San Dimas Canyon Community Regional ParkSan Dimas, California
62. Downieville DownhillDownieville, California
63. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
64. Forest Of Nisene Marks & Soquel Demonstration ForestSanta Cruz, California
65. Joaquin MillerBerkeley, California
66. Marshal CanyonClaremont, California
67. Bothe-Napa Valley State ParkCalistoga, California
68. Garrapata State ParkCarmel, California
69. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
70. Redwood Regional ParkCastro Valley, California
71. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
72. Huckleberry Botanic Regional PreserveOakland, California
73. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
74. Santiago OaksOrange, California
75. Glory HoleAngels Camp, California
76. Wilder Ranch State ParkSanta Cruz, California
77. Big RideAptos, California
78. Uvas Canyon County ParkMorgan Hill, California
79. Sly ParkPollack Pines, California
80. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
81. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
82. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
83. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
84. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
85. Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes Station, California
86. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
87. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
88. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
89. Huntington State BeachHuntington Beach, California
90. Glen Helen Regional ParkSan Bernadino, California
91. Kaweah LakeVisalia, California
92. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional ParksHayward, California
93. Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail, Owens Peak SegmentBakersfield, California
94. Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management AreaBakersfield, California
95. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
96. Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County ParkSan Martin, California
97. Stevens Creek County ParkCupertino, California
98. Los PosadasAngwin, California
99. Arastradero PreservePalo Alto, California
100. Annadel State ParkSanta Rosa, California

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