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), Morgan Hill (2), Laguna Beach (2), Thousand Oaks (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. la purisima mission main loop traillompoc, California
16. The GrottoThousand Oaks, California
17. Sandstone Peak via Backbone TrailThousand Oaks, California
18. Palomar Mountain State ParkPalomar Mountain, California
19. Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork San Gabriel RiverAzusa, California
20. Double PeakSan Marcos, California
21. 30 Miles Of AuburnAuburn, California
22. Turnbull CanyonWhittier, California
23. Andrew Molera State ParkBig Sur, California
24. Fullerton LoopFullerton, California
25. Hidden Falls ParkAuburn, California
26. Nike Site # 29 Whittier Hills Whittier, California
27. Salmon Falls/Sweetwater LoopSacramento, California
28. Chilnualna Falls, YosemiteWawona, California
29. Clementine LoopAuburn, California
30. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern CaliforniaCampo, California
31. Pine Knot TrailBig Bear Lake, California
32. Skyline TrailLos Angeles, California
33. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParksThree Rivers, California
34. Fremont OlderCupertino, California
35. Briones Regional ParkWalnut Creek, California
36. Telegraph CanyonBrea/chino Hills, California
37. Illilouette FallsYosemite National Park/Glacier Point, California
38. Palomar Observatory TrailPauma Valley, California
39. Aliso Creek / Woods CanyonLaguna Beach, California
40. Pacific Crest Trail: Northern CaliforniaTuolumne Meadows, California
41. Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkBorrego Springs, California
42. Bolsa Chica State BeachHuntington Beach, California
43. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature CenterPasadena, California
44. Sunnyside TrailPasadena, California
45. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, California
46. Tahoe Rim TrailTahoe City, California
47. Snow Summit Mountain ResortBig Bear Lake, California
48. Chino Hills State ParkChino Hills, California
49. El Moro - Erection LoopNewport Beach, California
50. Flume TrailTahoe, California
51. Mammoth Mountain ResortMammoth Lakes, California
52. Christmas Hill Garlic RideGilroy, California
53. Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley, California
54. Crystal Cove State ParkLaguna Beach, California
55. Backbone (Kanan to Etz Malloy)Malibu, California
56. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
57. Lake HodgesSan Diego, California
58. Asilomar State BeachPacific Grove, California
59. San Dimas Canyon Community Regional ParkSan Dimas, California
60. Downieville DownhillDownieville, California
61. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
62. Forest Of Nisene Marks & Soquel Demonstration ForestSanta Cruz, California
63. Joaquin MillerBerkeley, California
64. Marshal CanyonClaremont, California
65. Bothe-Napa Valley State ParkCalistoga, California
66. Garrapata State ParkCarmel, California
67. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
68. Redwood Regional ParkCastro Valley, California
69. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
70. Huckleberry Botanic Regional PreserveOakland, California
71. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
72. Santiago OaksOrange, California
73. Glory HoleAngels Camp, California
74. Wilder Ranch State ParkSanta Cruz, California
75. Big RideAptos, California
76. Uvas Canyon County ParkMorgan Hill, California
77. Sly ParkPollack Pines, California
78. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
79. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
80. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
81. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
82. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
83. Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes Station, California
84. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
85. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
86. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
87. Huntington State BeachHuntington Beach, California
88. Glen Helen Regional ParkSan Bernadino, California
89. Kaweah LakeVisalia, California
90. Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional ParksHayward, California
91. Chimney Peak Special Recreation Management AreaBakersfield, California
92. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
93. Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County ParkSan Martin, California
94. Los PosadasAngwin, California
95. Arastradero PreservePalo Alto, California
96. Annadel State ParkSanta Rosa, California
97. El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space PresWoodside, California
98. Purisma CreekWoodside, California
99. Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation AreaFremont, California
100. Camp TamaranchoMarin, California

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