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. Hidden Falls ParkAuburn, California
23. Double PeakSan Marcos, 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. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern CaliforniaCampo, California
32. Fullerton LoopFullerton, California
33. Skyline TrailLos Angeles, California
34. Eaton Canyon Park and Nature CenterPasadena, California
35. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National ParksThree Rivers, California
36. Fremont OlderCupertino, California
37. Briones Regional ParkWalnut Creek, California
38. Pine Knot TrailBig Bear Lake, California
39. Telegraph CanyonBrea/chino Hills, California
40. Bolsa Chica State BeachHuntington Beach, California
41. Sunnyside TrailPasadena, California
42. Illilouette FallsYosemite National Park/Glacier Point, California
43. Palomar Observatory TrailPauma Valley, 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. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, California
60. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
61. Forest Of Nisene Marks & Soquel Demonstration ForestSanta Cruz, California
62. Joaquin MillerBerkeley, California
63. Snow Summit Mountain ResortBig Bear Lake, California
64. Marshal CanyonClaremont, California
65. Bothe-Napa Valley State ParkCalistoga, California
66. Garrapata State ParkCarmel, California
67. Malibu Lagoon State BeachMalibu, California
68. Bernal Heights ParkSan Francisco, California
69. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
70. Flume TrailTahoe, 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. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
85. Millard FallsAlta Dena, California
86. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
87. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
88. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
89. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
90. Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes Station, California
91. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
92. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
93. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
94. Huntington State BeachHuntington Beach, 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

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