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The Best Hiking Trails in California (United States)

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  • near Twin Bridges, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.25mi
    Elevation +
    1631f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofHorsetail falls trail South lake Tahoe Photo ofHorsetail falls trail South lake Tahoe Photo ofHorsetail falls trail South lake Tahoe

    The climb up to the upper falls was very challenging , because the trail is not marked. So - I found myself doing trail-and-error until I managed to find they way up. From a certain point on the way up , there are markin...

  • Forestdale Rd to Blue Lake Road

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    near Kirkwood, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.35mi
    Elevation +
    407f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofForestdale Rd to Blue Lake Road Photo ofForestdale Rd to Blue Lake Road Photo ofForestdale Rd to Blue Lake Road

    We walk through some nice meadows near the West Fork of the Carson River. Be aware where the creeks are as the meadows can be muddy.

  • near Indio Hills, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.25mi
    Elevation +
    1017f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo ofLost Horse Mine Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA Photo ofLost Horse Mine Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA Photo ofLost Horse Mine Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA

    In the late 1800s, miners dug around 300 mines in the lands now protected as Joshua Tree National Park. The Lost Horse Mine is one the best-preserved gold mines in the southwest area of the park. You can access by hiking...

  • Brushy Peak Trail

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    near Greenville (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    4.98mi
    Elevation +
    846f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo ofBrushy Peak Trail Photo ofBrushy Peak Trail Photo ofBrushy Peak Trail

    Brushy Peak, also known as Brushy Knob or Las Cuevas (The Caves), is a summit overlooking and north of the Livermore Valley, in the Diablo Range in Alameda County, California. It rises to an elevation of 1,686 feet / 514...

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  • Mission Peak - Mount Allison

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    near Mission San Jose District, California (United States)
    Distance
    11.64mi
    Elevation +
    2854f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo ofMission Peak - Mount Allison Photo ofMission Peak - Mount Allison Photo ofMission Peak - Mount Allison

    Ohlone College Access 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA. Access from Pine Street or Witherly Lane off Mission Blvd. Both the Peak Trail and the Panorama Trail lead to the Mission Peak summit. Trails accessible by Ride...

  • near Dinkey Creek, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.86mi
    Elevation +
    1719f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo ofBald mountain Trail near Shaver Lake Sierra Forest California Photo ofBald mountain Trail near Shaver Lake Sierra Forest California Photo ofBald mountain Trail near Shaver Lake Sierra Forest California

    The first part of the trail is a steep , but later on it turns to a relatively flat or slow slope walk on the ridge. The last part joins a jeep road to bald mountain peak, so I had lots of vehicle company. Bald peak has ...

  • California - Borrego - Mudcaves

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    near Mesquite Oasis, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.50mi
    Elevation +
    2300f
    TrailRank
    55
    Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Mudcaves Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Mudcaves Photo ofCalifornia - Borrego - Mudcaves

    More Anza Borrego Hiking Impressive canyon with slots and caves. From Highway S2 Mile 43 exit Palm Spring. This sandy road is best driven by a 4x4. At the marked crossing with Arroya Tapiado turn left. Road co...

  • near Mount Baldy, California (United States)
    Distance
    17.42mi
    Elevation +
    7746f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofMount Baldy - Bear Canyon Trail to Devil's Backbone to 3 T's Trail Photo ofMount Baldy - Bear Canyon Trail to Devil's Backbone to 3 T's Trail Photo ofMount Baldy - Bear Canyon Trail to Devil's Backbone to 3 T's Trail

    One brutal hike. The first six miles are diabolical. The Devil's Backbone is the easiest part. Get ready for extra elevation gain on the 3 T's Trail. Didn't climb them individually. Just stayed on the trail. Icehouse Can...

    I have been wanting to do this route since last year. I am hoping to add my own review to it sometime this summer. :-D
    EnriqueLucha
  • Baldy Peak LA

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    near Dells (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    9.58mi
    Elevation +
    4183f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo ofBaldy Peak LA Photo ofBaldy Peak LA Photo ofBaldy Peak LA

    Baldy Peak LA Highest point in LA County. Beautiful hike, suitable for a loop: - Starting point: Mankers campground. Requires a pass for parking, you can get it at the station on the way up. The loop is formed by the ...

  • near Truckhaven, California (United States)
    Distance
    10.86mi
    Elevation +
    4551f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Palm Wash to Sheep Tanks Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Palm Wash to Sheep Tanks Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Palm Wash to Sheep Tanks

    More Anza Borrego Hiking An easy most scenic canyon hike to a couple of sheep tanks. Park at the Calcite road (all cars), or drive the road as far as you can. You need an high clearance AWD to drive the calcite ro...

  • near Mahoney Trailer Park, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.04mi
    Elevation +
    3510f
    TrailRank
    54
    Photo ofCalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Hill Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Hill Loop Photo ofCalifornia - Palm Springs - Murray Hill Loop

    A beautiful loop over Murray Hill. There are 2 parking options. The one on Araby and one at Earl Henderson. The Earl Henderson is by far the best, always enough room. The Araby parking can be quite busy, as this is...

  • near Carmel Highlands, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.04mi
    Elevation +
    367f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofPoint Lobos State Reserve - Perimeter trail Photo ofPoint Lobos State Reserve - Perimeter trail Photo ofPoint Lobos State Reserve - Perimeter trail

    Gorgeous sunny day at Point Lobos. We took a nice easy fun hike today (still trying to break in my new hiking shoes). We saw 2 bunnies, a deer that let us walk very close, a millipede, seals, sea lions, and many birds. T...

    Easy coastal trail, but area is heavily used and rather too many perople for my liking. Likewise the trails are a little...
    medwyn jones
    Gorgeous scenary :) very easy to follow with pleanty of options to drift arround
    nalepop
  • near Norden, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.25mi
    Elevation +
    561f
    TrailRank
    53| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofPCT to Donner Summit Lakes Loop Trail: Lakes Angela, Flora, and Azalea Loop via the PCT Photo ofPCT to Donner Summit Lakes Loop Trail: Lakes Angela, Flora, and Azalea Loop via the PCT Photo ofPCT to Donner Summit Lakes Loop Trail: Lakes Angela, Flora, and Azalea Loop via the PCT

    The PCT half of this hike is along a well-trodden, easy-to-follow trail. Starting at mile 3.1 to mile 3.2 requires navigating across unmarked granite. Once you’re at each lake, you’ll find several trails intersecting t...

    If the lake levels you may need find a higher trail over the granite.
    Mark Moore
  • near Scissors Crossing, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.10mi
    Elevation +
    3369f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Grapevine Peak - Butter Creek Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Grapevine Peak - Butter Creek Photo ofcalifornia - Borrego Springs - Grapevine Peak - Butter Creek

    More Anza Borrego Hiking A nice hike up to the Grapevine Peak for some stunning views. At HWY 78 close to mp 74, take the dirt road, marked Grapevine (West). I've seen regular cars on this road, but I recommend so...

  • near Linda Mar, California (United States)
    Distance
    3.61mi
    Elevation +
    1844f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo offrom San Pedro County Park to Montara Mountain Photo offrom San Pedro County Park to Montara Mountain Photo offrom San Pedro County Park to Montara Mountain

    from San Pedro County Park to Montara Mountain Summit. Easy track, steady but light uphill. First part passes through a lovely eucalyptus wood: the smell of the trees on a summer day is delicious and refreshing. On the w...

  • University Peak

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    near Seven Pines, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.52mi
    Elevation +
    4331f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofUniversity Peak Photo ofUniversity Peak Photo ofUniversity Peak

    A very difficult dayhike of University Peak, via the North Face route. The trail starts off quite easy, going up the Kearsarge Pass trail toward Matlock Lake, but once you leave Matlock Lake, it's all off-trail. The scra...

  • Upper Yosemite Falls

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    near Yosemite Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.38mi
    Elevation +
    3022f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofUpper Yosemite Falls Photo ofUpper Yosemite Falls Photo ofUpper Yosemite Falls

    Arrived at the parking lot across the street from Yosemite Falls Trailhead just before 8am and there was plenty of parking. The trail is very easy to follow and there are a few places with awesome views of the waterfall....

  • Yosemite Falls

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    near Yosemite Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    8.61mi
    Elevation +
    3684f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofYosemite Falls Photo ofYosemite Falls Photo ofYosemite Falls

    The book, "Yosemite, the Complete Guide" by James Kaiser says that spring is the best time of year to visit Yosemite Valley. And if you look at the pictures from my hike, I think you'll agree! There weren't any mosquitoe...

  • near Salmon Falls (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    5.40mi
    Elevation +
    548f
    TrailRank
    53| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofFalcon Crest/Old Salmon Fall = Monte Vista Trail to Sweetwater Trail Photo ofFalcon Crest/Old Salmon Fall = Monte Vista Trail to Sweetwater Trail Photo ofFalcon Crest/Old Salmon Fall = Monte Vista Trail to Sweetwater Trail

    My goal today was to find the connecting trail between Old Salmon Falls and the Sweetwater Trail that starts at Salmon Falls. The trails are maintained by a local horse riding group but the popularity of the connecting t...

    This is a really nice trail, and if the water level of Folsom Lake is down you can get to the ruins at old Salmon Falls ...
    Mark Moore
  • near Del Amo, California (United States)
    Distance
    3.33mi
    Elevation +
    3f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo ofDominguez Gap Wetlands | Long Beach, CA Photo ofDominguez Gap Wetlands | Long Beach, CA Photo ofDominguez Gap Wetlands | Long Beach, CA

    The Dominguez Gap Wetlands is small restored wildlife habitat area adjacent to the Los Angeles River, in the city of Long Beach. These wetlands are completely man made by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District as ...

  • near Pinto Wye, California (United States)
    Distance
    12.93mi
    Elevation +
    892f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo ofStubbe Springs Loop Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA Photo ofStubbe Springs Loop Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA Photo ofStubbe Springs Loop Trail | Joshua Tree National Park, CA

    The best way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park is to head into the desert backcountry, and we did it. We chose the Stubbe Springs Loop Trail. It is a tough hike, but ideal for adventure seeke...

  • The Mist Trail

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    near Curry Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.14mi
    Elevation +
    2070f
    TrailRank
    52| Rating 4.33
    Photo ofThe Mist Trail Photo ofThe Mist Trail Photo ofThe Mist Trail

    This famous trail takes you to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but the trail itself is very cleverly built, as you'll encounter an almost countless number of steps carved out of the granite ...

    Great hike
    richard.ankie.maatman

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