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), Mariposa (3), Pasadena (3)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Muir WoodsMill Valley, California
2. Arroyo SecoPasadena, California
3. Chantry FlatsArcadia, California
4. John Muir TrailCurry Village, Yosemite NP, California
5. Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park, California
6. Panorama TrailMariposa, California
7. Mission Trails Regional ParkSan Diego, California
8. Jenkinson Lake LoopSly Park, California
9. Death Valley National ParkDeath Valley, California
10. El Capitan PreserveLakeside, California
11. Chumash TrailPort Hueneme, California
12. Dominguez Gap WetlandsLong Beach, California
13. Austin Creek State Recreation AreaGuerneville, California
14. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State ParkCrescent City, California
15. Mount Diablo State ParkWalnut Creek, California
16. Whiskeytown National Recreation AreaWhiskeytown, California
17. Los Penasquitos Canyon PreserveSan Diego, California
18. la purisima mission main loop traillompoc, California
19. The GrottoThousand Oaks, California
20. Sandstone Peak via Backbone TrailThousand Oaks, California
21. Palomar Mountain State ParkPalomar Mountain, California
22. Bridge to Nowhere - East Fork San Gabriel RiverAzusa, California
23. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern CaliforniaCampo, California
24. Hidden Falls ParkAuburn, California
25. Clementine LoopAuburn, California
26. 30 Miles Of AuburnAuburn, California
27. Andrew Molera State ParkBig Sur, California
28. Nike Site # 29 Whittier Hills Whittier, California
29. Salmon Falls/Sweetwater LoopSacramento, California
30. Chilnualna Falls, YosemiteWawona, California
31. Turnbull CanyonWhittier, 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. Pacific Crest Trail: Northern CaliforniaTuolumne Meadows, California
44. Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkBorrego Springs, California
45. Highway 87 TrailSan Jose, California
46. Chino Hills State ParkChino Hills, California
47. El Moro - Erection LoopNewport Beach, California
48. Backbone (Kanan to Etz Malloy)Malibu, California
49. Mammoth Mountain ResortMammoth Lakes, California
50. Christmas Hill Garlic RideGilroy, California
51. Crystal Cove State ParkLaguna Beach, California
52. Lake HodgesSan Diego, California
53. Aliso Creek / Woods CanyonLaguna Beach, California
54. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaThousand Oaks, California
55. Asilomar State BeachPacific Grove, California
56. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation AreaBaldwin Hills, California
57. San Dimas Canyon Community Regional ParkSan Dimas, California
58. Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California: ACampo, California
59. Yosemite ValleyMariposa, California
60. Henry W. Coe State ParkMorgan Hill, 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. Rancho San Antonio County ParkLos Altos, California
69. Bernal Heights ParkSan Francisco, California
70. El Mirage Dry Lake Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation AreaLos Angeles, California
71. Four Mile TrailMariposa, California
72. Pauley CreekDownieville, California
73. Trt-brockway To Mt. Rose WildernessKings Beach, California
74. Tequesquite ArroyoRiverside, California
75. Flume TrailTahoe, California
76. Donner Lake Rim TrailTruckee, California
77. Point Mugu State ParkMalibu, California
78. Will Rogers State Historic ParkPacific Palisades, California
79. Devil's SlideSimi Valley, California
80. Alum Rock ParkSan Jose, California
81. Fort Ord Public LandsMonterey, California
82. Santiago OaksOrange, California
83. Granite Bay TrailGranite Bay, California
84. Glory HoleAngels Camp, California
85. Wilder Ranch State ParkSanta Cruz, California
86. Big RideAptos, California
87. Uvas Canyon County ParkMorgan Hill, California
88. Sly ParkPollack Pines, California
89. Millard FallsAlta Dena, California
90. Backbone Trail - Kanan-dune To Corral CanyonAgoura Hills, California
91. Cowles Mountain/Pyles PeakSantee, California
92. Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California
93. Devils Postpile National MonumentMammoth Lakes, California
94. Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes Station, California
95. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations AreaSan Francisco, California
96. Auburn State Recreation AreaAuburn, California
97. Caswell Memorial State ParkRipon, California
98. Huntington State BeachHuntington Beach, California
99. Mount Tamalpais State ParkMill Valley, California
100. Glen Helen Regional ParkSan Bernadino, California