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The Best Hiking Trails in California (United States)

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  • near Spring Creek, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.86mi
    Elevation +
    1224f
    TrailRank
    65
    Photo ofCathedral Lake / Floating Island Lake from Mt. Tallac Trail Photo ofCathedral Lake / Floating Island Lake from Mt. Tallac Trail Photo ofCathedral Lake / Floating Island Lake from Mt. Tallac Trail

    Part of the Desolation Wilderness, a dirt and rocky gradual uphill climb. (Not particularly steep but constant). An out and back trail. Along the way are beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake with access to ...

  • near Twin Creeks, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.56mi
    Elevation +
    1237f
    TrailRank
    65
    Photo ofMt Umunhum, Santa Clara County, CA 2018-01-21 10:28 Photo ofMt Umunhum, Santa Clara County, CA 2018-01-21 10:28 Photo ofMt Umunhum, Santa Clara County, CA 2018-01-21 10:28

    An audio guide for the history of the moutain https://www.openspace.org/mount-umunhum-sierra-azul Start time: 01/21/2018 10:28Finish time: 01/21/2018 13:26Distance: 12.2 km (02:57)Moving time: 02:20Average speed: 4.11 k...

  • near Panorama Heights, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.00mi
    Elevation +
    472f
    TrailRank
    65
    Photo ofJOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: Hidden Valley+Gold Mine Trails Photo ofJOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: Hidden Valley+Gold Mine Trails Photo ofJOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: Hidden Valley+Gold Mine Trails

    The Joshua Tree National Park is a Southern California National Park located between the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Its more famous characteristic are the "Joshua Trees", but is also surprising for the great variety of...

  • Wrights Lake-enchanted pools loop

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    near Lower Forni, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.03mi
    Elevation +
    427f
    TrailRank
    64| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofWrights Lake-enchanted pools loop Photo ofWrights Lake-enchanted pools loop Photo ofWrights Lake-enchanted pools loop

    Four mile trip- half of the way is off-trail on exposed, glaciated granite. Beautiful swimming holes and waterfalls

    Plenty of flowers and great pools to soak your feet in
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  • Yosemite upper falls

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    near Yosemite Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.43mi
    Elevation +
    6017f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofYosemite upper falls Photo ofYosemite upper falls Photo ofYosemite upper falls

    A difficult climb of almost a 1000 meters, but with amazing rewarding views from the falls view. I went also to Yosemite point , but I think the views of the waterfall are better. The trail is heavily trafficked, privac...

  • Tuolumne Grove Trail

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    near Buena Vista, California (United States)
    Distance
    2.81mi
    Elevation +
    581f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofTuolumne Grove Trail Photo ofTuolumne Grove Trail Photo ofTuolumne Grove Trail

    !! Pt !! (English text available below) Trilho percorrido em Junho de 2014, num circuito pelo sudoeste dos Estados Unidos. O circuito global foi publicado como “Western Explorer Road Trip (PWE423B)” e inclui links par...

  • Five Lakes Basin 2014-09-06

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    near Baltimore Town, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.47mi
    Elevation +
    1535f
    TrailRank
    63| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofFive Lakes Basin 2014-09-06 Photo ofFive Lakes Basin 2014-09-06 Photo ofFive Lakes Basin 2014-09-06

    Hike to Five Lakes Basin from the Grouse Ridge Campground traihead in the Grouse Ridge Recreation Area, Tahoe National Forest, California, USA

    We did not do the in and out. We continued onto Glacier Lake, which a great lake to swim in. Great views of the surroun...
    Moonshinedf
  • near Echo Lake, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.29mi
    Elevation +
    643f
    TrailRank
    63
    Photo ofEcho Lake upper and lower lake trails Photo ofEcho Lake upper and lower lake trails Photo ofEcho Lake upper and lower lake trails

    Moderate gorgeous hike. Lots of everything like rocks, gravel dirt wooded trails, granite , boulders, water taxi that cuts 2.5 miles off the hike. The lakes are in constant view. Inclines are doable for creaky knees

  • Sugar Pine Reservoir

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    near Hughes Mill, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.39mi
    Elevation +
    289f
    TrailRank
    62| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofSugar Pine Reservoir Photo ofSugar Pine Reservoir Photo ofSugar Pine Reservoir

    A trail around a small reservoir. The trail is shady and flat. It is in a forest of Ponderosa pine, madrones, cedars and dogwood. In spring there is an osprey nest. Later in the year it might be full of boats and campers...

    Since this recording in 2009, a lot has changed. There is now 2.9 miles of paved ADA accessible trail from the boat ramp...
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  • near Yosemite Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.67mi
    Elevation +
    289f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofYosemite N.P. - Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Photo ofYosemite N.P. - Yosemite Valley Loop Trail Photo ofYosemite N.P. - Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

    This trail runs as a loop through the beautiful Yosemite Valley. We started at the Visitor Center but the trail can be accessed from various points along the valley. It gives a great overview of the park and has stunning...

  • near Old Gilroy, California (United States)
    Distance
    16.90mi
    Elevation +
    4275f
    TrailRank
    62| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofHenry W Coe: Kelly Lake - 16.4 miles loop Photo ofHenry W Coe: Kelly Lake - 16.4 miles loop Photo ofHenry W Coe: Kelly Lake - 16.4 miles loop

    Were 9 hours including 1 hour at Kelly Lake. The trails hiked: To Kelly Lake: Hunting Hollow Road 0.7, Lyman Willson Ridge Trail 2.6, Steer Ridge Road 0.6, Wagon Road 0.8, Grizzly Gulch Road 0.6, Tule Pond Trail 0.6, ...

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  • near Curry Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.10mi
    Elevation +
    1663f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofYosemite: Sentinel Dome- Glacier Point- Taft Point Photo ofYosemite: Sentinel Dome- Glacier Point- Taft Point Photo ofYosemite: Sentinel Dome- Glacier Point- Taft Point

    Great circular rout that goes up to sentinell dome. A long the way we can see great views to the Gran Cap and Half Dome. You can also spot “Glacier Point” view and “Taft Point”. Great for a morning hike.

  • near Oregon City, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.89mi
    Elevation +
    699f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofTable Mountain Bushwhacking Photo Hike Photo ofTable Mountain Bushwhacking Photo Hike Photo ofTable Mountain Bushwhacking Photo Hike

    Only follow this trail part way to the second waterfall in the pictures and then backtrack the way you came via Hollow Falls. Otherwise from the second waterfalls you have to go up out of the ravine and bushwhack due eas...

  • near Silver Dons Mobile Home Park, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.53mi
    Elevation +
    2411f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Glorietta canyon Loop 2 Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Glorietta canyon Loop 2 Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Glorietta canyon Loop 2

    More Anza Borrego Hiking Nice loop in one of the canyons of Glorietta The road that leads to the primitive campground is normally good. From the Christmas circle in the turn at mile 9 turn right. (This is the sec...

  • near Marsh Mill, California (United States)
    Distance
    24.34mi
    Elevation +
    3294f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofLindsey Lake - Five Lakes Basin Loop Photo ofLindsey Lake - Five Lakes Basin Loop Photo ofLindsey Lake - Five Lakes Basin Loop

    tl;dr - Gorgeous, moderate hike with varied terrain. Very crowded on a holiday weekend & hard to find a good campsite, but still worth it. Conditions on Memorial Day Weekend : Overnight lows of 45, a few passing thund...

  • near Joshua Tree, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.67mi
    Elevation +
    1857f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Covington Loop Trail Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Covington Loop Trail Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Covington Loop Trail

    A beautiful loop, following rough boulder canyons, plains, a look at the rim and back into another canyon. From the Hwy turn right on the Contenta road. At the crossing it goes straight on into a fairly good dirt roa...

  • near Auburn, California (United States)
    Distance
    0.85mi
    Elevation +
    20f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofPioneer Express Trail - Cardiac Hill Photo ofPioneer Express Trail - Cardiac Hill Photo ofPioneer Express Trail - Cardiac Hill

    Tracks start at the Cardiac Hill Auburn State Recreation Area gate on Maidu in Auburn and ends above Oregon Bar. These tracks and waypoints were logged in an effort to document the impact of a landowner that is marking h...

  • Lakes Basin 2013-09-01

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    near Little Jamison (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    7.72mi
    Elevation +
    1496f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofLakes Basin 2013-09-01 Photo ofLakes Basin 2013-09-01 Photo ofLakes Basin 2013-09-01

    Hike in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Plumas National Forest, from the Jamison Mine Trailhead in the Plumas-Eureka State Park near Graeagle, California, USA. The hike starts at the Jamison Mine historic site. The rout...

    Awesome route! I took my 8yr old son along with me and we had a blast.
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  • Bear Gulch-High Peaks Loop

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    near Pinnacles, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.15mi
    Elevation +
    1923f
    TrailRank
    61| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofBear Gulch-High Peaks Loop Photo ofBear Gulch-High Peaks Loop Photo ofBear Gulch-High Peaks Loop

    Parked at Bear Gulch Day Use area, where there was plenty of parking, regular bathrooms, small picnic area, and water filling station. Started a little after 7:30am to do a clockwise loop (Moses Spring, Bear Gulch Cave, ...

    Really nice walk, with a fair bit of variety and none of the path is too steep (although the part through the 'steep and...
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  • near Mahoney Trailer Park, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.63mi
    Elevation +
    1903f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofcalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Canyon Trail Photo ofcalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Canyon Trail Photo ofcalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Canyon Trail

    One of the better palm hikes and fairly easy to hike. Starts at the Indian Canyons, Andreas/Murray Canyon parking. you can park at the south side of the oasis. The trail is very well marked and starts at the south...

  • Rubicon Trail - Lake Tahoe

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    near Frosts (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    9.83mi
    Elevation +
    1220f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofRubicon Trail - Lake Tahoe Photo ofRubicon Trail - Lake Tahoe Photo ofRubicon Trail - Lake Tahoe

    The trail offers great views of the coast line of lake Tahoe from Rubicon point to Vikingsholm, The parking lot at Rubicon point was full - so I started in the Lighthouse trailhead. I didn't want to go back the same way ...

  • Mission Peak

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    near Mission San Jose District, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.91mi
    Elevation +
    2280f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofMission Peak Photo ofMission Peak Photo ofMission Peak

    Mission Peak Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a public park east of Fremont, California, operated by the East Bay Regional Park District. It is the northern summit on a ridge that includes Mount Allison and Monument Pe...

  • Dawson Saddle to Mt Baden Powell

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    near Paradise Springs, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.02mi
    Elevation +
    2490f
    TrailRank
    60| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofDawson Saddle to Mt Baden Powell Photo ofDawson Saddle to Mt Baden Powell Photo ofDawson Saddle to Mt Baden Powell

    This is a wonderful route to Mt Baden Powell. Much of the trail follows a ridge. On the south facing side of the ridge, there are steep canyons, and you can still a little bit of snow still clinging to Mt Baldy. And to t...

    corrected - Limber pine is the name of the tree, the oldest living relative - Bristlecone pine is in White Mountains, Ca...
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