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The Best Hiking Trails in California (United States)

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Photo of Iowa Hill Road to Yankee Jims Bridge Photo of California - Borrego Springs - Rockhouse Canyon Photo of Anza Borrego - Mortero Palms To Goat Canyon Trestle
  • near Colfax, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.75mi
    Elevation +
    899f
    TrailRank
    97| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Iowa Hill Road to Yankee Jims Bridge Photo of Iowa Hill Road to Yankee Jims Bridge Photo of Iowa Hill Road to Yankee Jims Bridge

    This hike is difficult due to frequent narrow spots with steep drop-offs. It's anything but fast going and can be brutally hot in the exposed areas during the summer. It's not for the faint of heart past Windy Point. Ele...

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    mehdi.tabibvand
    Magnífica ruta y preciosas fotos. ¡¡Que suerte tenéis de disfrutar de esos parajes!!
    Dalits
    Thanks for including waypoints with photos to this great hike. I'll add this hike to my list of places to visit on my ne...
    Anderson
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  • near El Rancho Mobile Home Park, California (United States)
    Distance
    13.45mi
    Elevation +
    1798f
    TrailRank
    77| Rating 5.0
    Photo of California - Borrego Springs - Rockhouse Canyon Photo of California - Borrego Springs - Rockhouse Canyon Photo of California - Borrego Springs - Rockhouse Canyon

    A hike up to 3 rock houses used by miners. Hike up the rockhouse canyon. At the bend you can see a hiking trail, running along the canyon wall. The not so hidden "hidden spring" can be found on the left side (north)...

    Excellent contribution of part of the territory of USA. Very good pictures and a description of each route as detailed. ...
    sextante
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  • near Mortero Palms, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.46mi
    Elevation +
    3363f
    TrailRank
    73
    Photo of Anza Borrego - Mortero Palms To Goat Canyon Trestle Photo of Anza Borrego - Mortero Palms To Goat Canyon Trestle Photo of Anza Borrego - Mortero Palms To Goat Canyon Trestle

    More Anza Borrego Hiking Hiking to the Trestle a boulder climbing hike. Starting at the Montero Palms Canyon parking. (For directions see the separate driving directions with gps route.) As you hike up you can ...

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  • near Vista Santa Rosa, California (United States)
    Distance
    10.89mi
    Elevation +
    2293f
    TrailRank
    73| Rating 4.5
    Photo of California - Palm Springs - Boo Hoff - Cove to Lake - Loop Photo of California - Palm Springs - Boo Hoff - Cove to Lake - Loop Photo of California - Palm Springs - Boo Hoff - Cove to Lake - Loop

    A scenic mountain hike. This hike is marked as easy, because it's easy to hike on. But because of the climb and the length, it's actually a bit more difficult. Hike on the dirt road. Don't follow the trail marker...

    We enjoyed the hike, it has a good climb to it which gives you nice views of the surrounding area. Our hike was in the r...
    Port flora
    Did this just the other day for terrain and climate training for a hike in Death Valley.
    Problema
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  • near Valle Vista, California (United States)
    Distance
    6.34mi
    Elevation +
    1043f
    TrailRank
    72
    Photo of Redwood Regional Park 6-mile Loop, Oakland Photo of Redwood Regional Park 6-mile Loop, Oakland Photo of Redwood Regional Park 6-mile Loop, Oakland

    East Oakland's large north-south redwood forest separating the city from its largest reservoir is a great escape, with dozens of accessible and reasonably gradual and wide trails along a steep ridge. This loop follows...

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  • near Cactus City, California (United States)
    Distance
    4.64mi
    Elevation +
    633f
    TrailRank
    71| Rating 4.67
    Photo of California - Mecca - Ladder Canyon Loop Photo of California - Mecca - Ladder Canyon Loop Photo of California - Mecca - Ladder Canyon Loop

    One of the best hikes in Mecca. Hike in the canyon to the right, not the one with the END sign. On the right hand side of the canyon there is a sign, directing left towards the ladder canyon. There will probably be ...

    Great hike, fairly easy to follow. Best done in this direction (clockwise) with the toughest parts at the beginning. Not...
    Port flora
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  • near South of Market, California (United States)
    Distance
    25.44mi
    Elevation +
    2582f
    TrailRank
    71
    Photo of 2013-03-24 San Francisco 'Marathon' Photo of 2013-03-24 San Francisco 'Marathon' Photo of 2013-03-24 San Francisco 'Marathon'

    Full day hike in San Francisco Most of it has 0 technical difficulty but a few trails / off track stretches should be considered as difficult. The purpose was to burn my soles, put my legs to the test… and see as muc...

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  • Lost Coast Trail - King Range

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    near Petrolia, California (United States)
    Distance
    25.96mi
    Elevation +
    1247f
    TrailRank
    71
    Photo of Lost Coast Trail - King Range Photo of Lost Coast Trail - King Range Photo of Lost Coast Trail - King Range

    My son and I enjoyed a three day outback adventure in one of a few coastal wilderness hiking experiences in the United States. The northern half of the Lost Coast Trail follows a rugged shoreline of sand and rock for 40k...

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  • Alum Rock

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    near East Foothills, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.93mi
    Elevation +
    1867f
    TrailRank
    70
    Photo of Alum Rock Photo of Alum Rock Photo of Alum Rock

    Alum Rock Park Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872 and is one of California’s oldest municipal parks. Nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range, the Park's 720 acres of natural, rugged beau...

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  • near Mesquite Oasis, California (United States)
    Distance
    3.98mi
    Elevation +
    1096f
    TrailRank
    70
    Photo of California Borrego Springs - Palm Springs Loop Photo of California Borrego Springs - Palm Springs Loop Photo of California Borrego Springs - Palm Springs Loop

    More Anza Borrego Hiking Highway S2 Mile 47 exit Campground. On a good dirt road (all cars) along the campground to the trail head. Head North in the wash to Mary's Grove that can be seen from the parking. At Mary's ...

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  • Sunol-Red Hill-Vista Grande

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    near Mission San Jose District, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.63mi
    Elevation +
    1893f
    TrailRank
    70
    Photo of Sunol-Red Hill-Vista Grande Photo of Sunol-Red Hill-Vista Grande Photo of Sunol-Red Hill-Vista Grande

    Bedrock mortars used by Native Americans for pounding acorns that were found in the area are reminders of Sunol's first inhabitants. For the past century, however, the land known today as Sunol Regional Wilderness was us...

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  • near Pinto Wye, California (United States)
    Distance
    12.97mi
    Elevation +
    2674f
    TrailRank
    69
    Photo of california - Joshua Tree - Stubbe Springs Loop Photo of california - Joshua Tree - Stubbe Springs Loop Photo of california - Joshua Tree - Stubbe Springs Loop

    Nice and easy loop, canyon, flats, the rim and a spring. Park at Juniper Flats. The trail follows the California at first and is extremely well marked. Left off the California trail, follow a jeep trail for a short ...

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  • near Curry Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    9.11mi
    Elevation +
    2139f
    TrailRank
    69
    Photo of NEVADA FALL TRAIL from YOSEMITE TRAILHEAD PARKING Photo of NEVADA FALL TRAIL from YOSEMITE TRAILHEAD PARKING Photo of NEVADA FALL TRAIL from YOSEMITE TRAILHEAD PARKING

    Wonderfull trail, with a 2139ft "positive slope" The hike starts from the Yosemite Trailhead Parking, next to Curry Village. This hike connects in some trams to the the famous "John Muir" trail and the "Mist trail". The...

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  • near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.92mi
    Elevation +
    1923f
    TrailRank
    69| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail Photo of Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail Photo of Suicide Rock via Deer Springs Trail

    If you are staying in or visiting Idyllwild, this great moderate hike on a forgiving trail starts just 3/4 mile from the center of town. Warning: you'll need a free hiking registration form that you can secure at the Ran...

    Took me about 2h to reach the end in pretty high pace
    Dedy Lansky
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  • near Folsom, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.06mi
    Elevation +
    243f
    TrailRank
    68| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Negro Bar Loop Trail (high and low bluffs) Photo of Negro Bar Loop Trail (high and low bluffs) Photo of Negro Bar Loop Trail (high and low bluffs)

    Fun, local trail with easy-access free parking. Trail splits itself between approx 35% paved American River Bike Trail and 65% meandering dirt trails. Some short rocky steep climbs & descents that could cause slipping...

    Great hike, and a chance to see a bald eagle, if you're lucky.
    Mark Moore
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  • near Curry Village, California (United States)
    Distance
    21.11mi
    Elevation +
    5381f
    TrailRank
    68| Rating 4.84
    Photo of Yosemite: North Dome via Snow Creek

    Up Snow Creek switchbacks just past Mirror Lake, around Indian Peak (didn't do peak or even visit arch, sigh), to N. Dome, then on to Yosemite Falls and descent after dark. Started 8:30am, return 11pm. Mild mid-70's weat...

    I did this trail with two other individuals as a New Year backpacking trip from January 1st to the 4th. The temperatures...
    Kale SantaCruz
    Fantastic trail and very good info. Thanks for sharing.
    José Rolo de Sousa
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  • near Falling Springs (historical), California (United States)
    Distance
    11.80mi
    Elevation +
    3005f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo of South Mount Hawkins Loop | San Gabriel Mountains, CA Photo of South Mount Hawkins Loop | San Gabriel Mountains, CA Photo of South Mount Hawkins Loop | San Gabriel Mountains, CA

    South Mount Hawkins is a 7,783 foot mountain peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, contained within the Angeles National Forest. The mountain was named for Nellie Hawkins, a popular waitress at a local cafe in the early 20t...

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  • near Alamo Oaks, California (United States)
    Distance
    15.43mi
    Elevation +
    3878f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo of Mt Diablo, Contra Costa County, CA 2018-01-20 10:00 Photo of Mt Diablo, Contra Costa County, CA 2018-01-20 10:00 Photo of Mt Diablo, Contra Costa County, CA 2018-01-20 10:00

    Start time: 01/20/2018 10:00Finish time: 01/20/2018 16:30Distance: 24.8 km (06:30)Moving time: 05:19Average speed: 3.81 km/hAvg. Speed Mov.: 4.66 km/hMax. speed: 14.63 km/hMinimum altitude: 190 mMaximum altitude: 1168 mA...

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  • Clayton—Diablo 5 peaks

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    near Clayton, California (United States)
    Distance
    15.72mi
    Elevation +
    4724f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Clayton—Diablo 5 peaks Photo of Clayton—Diablo 5 peaks Photo of Clayton—Diablo 5 peaks

    Amazing beautiful springtime hike! MT. Olympia brought solitude. The hike from there to North Peak had swarms of gnats. It was a lovely climb to Mt. Diablo next, then saddle with a meadow linking Diablo to Eagles Peak. ...

    Bonita ruta
    #Raptor962
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  • PCT San Jacinto

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    near Thomas Mountain, California (United States)
    Distance
    66.61mi
    Elevation +
    13609f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of PCT San Jacinto Photo of PCT San Jacinto Photo of PCT San Jacinto

    A 6 day hike in the San Jacinto area around the picturesque town of Idyllwild. Maxini and I got an Uber from Palm Springs to drop us off at the PCT parking lot on the Pines to Palms Highway (#74) about a mile east of the...

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  • near Cactus City, California (United States)
    Distance
    10.94mi
    Elevation +
    3514f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of california - Mecca - Meccacopia Little Box Canyon Loop Photo of california - Mecca - Meccacopia Little Box Canyon Loop Photo of california - Mecca - Meccacopia Little Box Canyon Loop

    A scenic loop, especially nice in early spring, when the flowers are blooming. On the Box Canyon Road, 7.3 mile past the crossing with the painted canyon road. Park close to the map with Meccacopia. Start hiking e...

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  • near San Pedro Hill, California (United States)
    Distance
    5.54mi
    Elevation +
    699f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of Hiking the Ocean Trail Reserve to Abalone Cove Photo of Hiking the Ocean Trail Reserve to Abalone Cove Photo of Hiking the Ocean Trail Reserve to Abalone Cove

    The Ocean Trails Ecological Reserve is part of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. There are 54-acre park just waiting to be explored! We follow a trail through the shoreline to Abalone Cove.

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  • near Clearing House, California (United States)
    Distance
    7.36mi
    Elevation +
    2421f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Hite Cove Trail , Sierra Forest (CA) 2017-12-30 13:44 Photo of Hite Cove Trail , Sierra Forest (CA) 2017-12-30 13:44 Photo of Hite Cove Trail , Sierra Forest (CA) 2017-12-30 13:44

    Start time: 12/30/2017 13:44Finish time: 12/30/2017 16:38Distance: 11.8 km (02:53)Moving time: 02:04Average speed: 4.09 km/hAvg. Speed Mov.: 5.7 km/hMax. speed: 23.96 km/hMinimum altitude: 408 mMaximum altitude: 591 mAsc...

    As I said in my post. Do this trail early in the AM to avoid the heat when you are coming out. There is very little shad...
    Moonshinedf
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