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The Best Hiking Trails in California (United States)

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  • Death Valley's Telescope Peak

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    near Panamint, California (United States)
    Distance
    12.64mi
    Elevation +
    3077f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofDeath Valley's Telescope Peak Photo ofDeath Valley's Telescope Peak Photo ofDeath Valley's Telescope Peak

    The best hike and views in the valley. With awe and dedication to the avid hiker who introduced me this wonderful place.

  • near Scissors Crossing, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.20mi
    Elevation +
    1079f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Bighorn Canyon to Blue Spring Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Bighorn Canyon to Blue Spring Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Bighorn Canyon to Blue Spring

    More Anza Borrego Hiking A hike in a stunning canyon to a spring. On HWY 78 close to MP 81, turn in the dirt road signposted Pinyon Wash. This is a nice dirt road, but you need a bit of clearance. Follow the road...

  • near Panorama Heights, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.46mi
    Elevation +
    2067f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Bigfoot Loop Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Bigfoot Loop Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Bigfoot Loop

    An impressive loop, following washes and cross country. At mile 1.9 past the West Entrance, park on a small roadside parking to the right. Head towards the small hill to the South/West, away from the road. Keep th...

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  • near Cisco, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.45mi
    Elevation +
    830f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofLoch Leven Lakes via Salmon Lake TH Photo ofLoch Leven Lakes via Salmon Lake TH Photo ofLoch Leven Lakes via Salmon Lake TH

    Driving Directions: From Yuba Gap exit 160 on I-80, drive south on Yuba Gap road for 0.3 mile, and turn right toward Lodgepole campground. At 1.1 miles further, turn left on road 19 (unpaved). Drive four miles and turn ...

  • near Curry Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.50mi
    Elevation +
    2123f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofMist trail, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall Photo ofMist trail, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall Photo ofMist trail, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall

    Arrived at Yosemite Valley Trailhead Parking around 7:30am. It's required to store all food in the bear-resistant lockers provided. There are normal restrooms just before the Happy Isles Bridge. Trail is pretty easy up t...

  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

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    near Verona, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.37mi
    Elevation +
    1322f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofPleasanton Ridge Regional Park Photo ofPleasanton Ridge Regional Park Photo ofPleasanton Ridge Regional Park

    Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park contains over 25 miles (40 km) of trails, most of which are dirt roads, except for the Woodland Trail, the Bay Leaf Trail, and a few sections of the North Ridge and Ridgeline trails. Park e...

  • San Francisco. 10/03/2020

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    near Fort Mason, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.63mi
    Elevation +
    384f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofSan Francisco. 10/03/2020 Photo ofSan Francisco. 10/03/2020 Photo ofSan Francisco. 10/03/2020

    Tevfik Erdemgüler Tekli Yürüyüş. 10/03/2020 San Francisco. Fort Mason - Marina Boulevard - East Beach - Golden Gate Trial - Fort Point - Presidio - Palace of Fine Arts.

  • Big Meadow towards Scott's Lake

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    near Nebelhorn, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.42mi
    Elevation +
    709f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofBig Meadow towards Scott's Lake Photo ofBig Meadow towards Scott's Lake Photo ofBig Meadow towards Scott's Lake

    Beautiful hike. Steady uphill but easy to navigate trail and rock. Many of which were small incline stairways and not steep at all. Wooded, duff, small rocks forests pine and Aspen. One mile short of reaching Scott's Lak...

  • Bear Gulch Cave

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    near Pinnacles, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.24mi
    Elevation +
    915f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofBear Gulch Cave Photo ofBear Gulch Cave Photo ofBear Gulch Cave

    From Campground, to Bench Trail, to Bear Gulch Trail, to Bear Gulch Cave Trail which is a short loop thru the Caves. This is more like an out and back, only you don’t go back thru the caves.

  • Casper’s Wilderness Park

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    near San Juan Hot Springs, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.38mi
    Elevation +
    1253f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofCasper’s Wilderness Park Photo ofCasper’s Wilderness Park Photo ofCasper’s Wilderness Park

    Fantastic easy hike through a beautiful park. Trails super well laid out. East ridge is my favourite the flowers in March were amazing!!! Well worth it.

  • near Hayfield, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.32mi
    Elevation +
    1867f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Porcupine Ruby Lee Mine Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Porcupine Ruby Lee Mine Photo ofcalifornia - Joshua Tree - Porcupine Ruby Lee Mine

    A nice loop following washes, along an old mine. At the Porcupine Wash (Huge sign) park. Hike South/West into the wash. You can hike straight for the notch in the hills. (Second picture with the yellow bush, the a...

  • near Pine Mountain Club, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.26mi
    Elevation +
    509f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofMount Pinos Loop | Los Padres National Forest CA Photo ofMount Pinos Loop | Los Padres National Forest CA Photo ofMount Pinos Loop | Los Padres National Forest CA

    Mount Pinos is the highest peak in the Ventura County, reaching an elevation of 8,831 feet. Its located in the southern portion of the Los Padres National Forest. We began the walk in the Chula Vista parking area where a...

  • near Bonnie Bell, California (United States)
    Distance
    29.89mi
    Elevation +
    7736f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 3.67
    Photo ofPCT Section C - NoBo - Whitewater Preserve to Mission Springs CG Photo ofPCT Section C - NoBo - Whitewater Preserve to Mission Springs CG Photo ofPCT Section C - NoBo - Whitewater Preserve to Mission Springs CG

    North bound on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Whitewater Preserve to the Mission Springs Campground in the San Bernardino National Forest. This hike is approximately 21 miles from the Preserve to Mission Springs. It...

    I appreciate the track and the waypoints. You seem to be referencing waypoints listed on somebody else's track (i.e. NoB...
    Desert Jones
  • Redwood Regional Park

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    near Valle Vista, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.51mi
    Elevation +
    1339f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofRedwood Regional Park Photo ofRedwood Regional Park Photo ofRedwood Regional Park

    edwood Regional Park is a part of the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is located in the hills east of Oakland. The park contains the largest remaining natural stand of coast red...

    Nice! Thanks for your Help! i like to hike with you!
    CaliHiker
  • near Cactus City, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.12mi
    Elevation +
    1883f
    TrailRank
    57| Rating 3.67
    Photo ofCalifornia - Mecca - Painted Canyon - East Ladder Canyon Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Mecca - Painted Canyon - East Ladder Canyon Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Mecca - Painted Canyon - East Ladder Canyon Loop

    A stunning hike in the east ladder canyon. Start hiking up into the Big Painted Canyon Wash. About 400 yards past the 2 small ladders "ladder 1", keep right as you see another ladder in the white canyon. Hike up t...

    Hi. Thanks for the trail. I followed it today and I noticed that it's wrong in some sections. Maybe the time changed the...
    RossoGabriel
  • near Sunset Beach, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.02mi
    Elevation +
    23f
    TrailRank
    56| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofBolsa Chica Ecological Reserve | Huntington Beach, CA Photo ofBolsa Chica Ecological Reserve | Huntington Beach, CA Photo ofBolsa Chica Ecological Reserve | Huntington Beach, CA

    The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,300 acre coastal estuary in the city of Huntington Beach, California. A three-mile trail system offers outdoor activity and immersion in nature. There are two entr...

    I didn’t do the whole trail because I’d forgotten my snacks and got hungry so want to go back and do the furthest part! ...
    hannah.longthorp
  • near Ocotillo Wells, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.44mi
    Elevation +
    1729f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - West Butte - The Slot loop Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - West Butte - The Slot loop Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - West Butte - The Slot loop

    More Anza Borrego Hiking A loop over West Butte and back through the Slot. The S78 at mile 87 take the dirt road. Normally a 4x4 road but go as far as you can. Sometimes regular cars make is almost to the end. ...

  • Vargas Plateu

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    near Brightside, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.29mi
    Elevation +
    961f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofVargas Plateu Photo ofVargas Plateu Photo ofVargas Plateu

    This 1,249-acre regional park provides tremendous views from its setting in the Fremont Hills. The plateau rises quickly and steeply from the bay plain to an elevation 1,000 feet above the streets below, overlooking Nile...

  • MT. Diablo Grand Loop Trail

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    near Rock City, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.16mi
    Elevation +
    2073f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofMT. Diablo Grand Loop Trail Photo ofMT. Diablo Grand Loop Trail Photo ofMT. Diablo Grand Loop Trail

    A gorgeous 360 degree regional vista of the Sierras, Mt. Tamalpis to Bay Area atop Mt. Diablo. Trail starting from Juniper campground counterclockwise is one full of steep incline and decline. Surrounded by majestic gran...

  • Giant Forest Loop

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    near Pinewood, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.80mi
    Elevation +
    1362f
    TrailRank
    56| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofGiant Forest Loop Photo ofGiant Forest Loop Photo ofGiant Forest Loop

    Arrive early. The parking lots fill by late morning. The trail down to Sherman Tree is paved and crowded. Once you leave the paved trail you have the trail to yourself. The trail passes many giant sequoias, an old cattle...

    Great hike, hits all the main trees and scenery and provides a nice overview of the sequoia national park in a not too l...
    Miguel Mañanes
  • near Desert Sands Mobile Home Park, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.56mi
    Elevation +
    3412f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Hellhole canyon - CRH Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Hellhole canyon - CRH Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Hellhole canyon - CRH Loop

    More Anza Borrego Hiking Nice but more difficult loop, with much of the scenery Borrego has to offer. For more photos and descriptions read the Hellhole canyon trail and the California RH Trail (Borrego-Jasper). ...

  • near Mortmar, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.83mi
    Elevation +
    2464f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofcalifornia - Mecca - Hidden Springs Oasis - Grotto Photo ofcalifornia - Mecca - Hidden Springs Oasis - Grotto Photo ofcalifornia - Mecca - Hidden Springs Oasis - Grotto

    Easy and spectacular hike, to the small hidden springs oasis. From the Painted Canyon Rd, turn right on a marked dirt road after 4.8 Mile. (The road is only marked by an arrow, not by name) This short road should be...

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