Hiking in California

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California has some of the best hiking trails and destinations in the country, and even the world. Whether you hit the trails in Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, the San Francisco Bay area, near Los Angeles or San Diego in Southern California or the redwood forests in Northern California you will not be disappointed. Hikes in California range from hikes along the coast, to walks in redwood forests, to treks through the Sierra Nevadas, and there are things to do for every fitness level and every terrain preference. Here are some of the best hikes in California that you are sure to never forget. Grab your digital trail maps here, and go hit the trails!
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Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs
Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, California, United States
 
Difficile: 20 miles, Più Giorni
A popular 10-mile hike through the Big Sur wilderness with a relaxing finish

Big Sur has many great destinations, but Sykes Hot Springs is definitely near the top of the list for anyone who has been there. It is roughly 9-10 miles to the Skyes campground, and limited climbing after the first 2 hours (which can be steep at times, and tiring in the direct sun). It is possible to treat it as a day hike, but it is recommended...
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Cataract Trail Loop in Marin County
Bolinas, California, United States
 
Medio: 7.7 miles, Mezza Giornata
See Marin County's most scenic waterfalls. 7-mile moderate hike

Cataract Creek Trail offers a perfect excuse to play hooky from work or spend a vacation day in the woods. The creek's waterfalls provide a spectacular anchor for a 7-mile loop through the scenic lands of the Mount Tamalpais Watershed. You could just hike a mile and a quarter to the top of the Cataract Creek Trail and return, but I figure if you're...
Skyline to the Sea Trail
Skyline to the Sea Trail
Los Gatos, California, United States
 
Difficile: 29 miles, Più Giorni
3-day hike showcases best of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Campers flock to the forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco; most are content to pitch a tent plucked from the trunk of their car, but hardy hikers prefer roughing it with all they need strapped on their backs. Two of the Bay Area's most popular hiking locales -- Castle Rock and Big Basin Redwoods state parks -- promise one of...
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States
 
Medio: 6.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.

Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's crown. Cutting deep into the landscape over millennia the water rushing through Webb Creek has created a spectacularly steep sided and lush canyon shaded by towering redwood trees and populated with a wide variety of local flora and fauna. This trail really draws the crowds, so we heartily recommend...
Berry Creek Falls Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Berry Creek Falls Loop at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California, United States
 
Difficile: 10.2 miles, Una Giornata
Long hike through old-growth redwoods to shimmering waterfalls is a Bay Area favorite.

Redwoods and waterfalls make this the best hike in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you're up for 11 miles and a thousand feet of elevation gain spread out over a half-day, you'll be amazed to see the strain melt away in this land of the giants. Veteran Berry Creek Falls hikers recommend a counter-clockwise loop starting on the Sunset Trail,...
The Mist Trail - Vernal and Nevada Falls
The Mist Trail - Vernal and Nevada Falls
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Medio: 6.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Hike to two breath-taking waterfalls along Yosemite Valley's most popular hiking trails

If you only have time for one hike while in Yosemite look no further: the Mist Trail is the hike for you. It is no wonder why this trail is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley. You will hike so close to 2 massive waterfalls that it will be very difficult to avoid the mist from the falls. The best time to hike this trail is in Spring...
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Medio: 4.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.

The ancient California redwood trees of Muir Woods National Monument are one of several remaining groves up and down the coast that escaped the lumberjacks thanks to forward thinking preservationists. Located just North of San Francisco this is the ideal place for visitors from around the world to come and marvel at the giant redwoods (which in...
The Panorama Trail
The Panorama Trail
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Difficile: 8.9 miles
A mostly-downhill hike with views of Half Dome, Nevada Fall, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Falls and the Yosemite Valley

There is no better hike in Yosemite National Park which offers the amazing views of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Illilouette Fall, Yosemite Fall, and the entire Valley than the Panorama Trail. This 8.5-mile hike will take you on an adventure from Glacier Point, high above the valley, down to the Mist Trail where you will hike next to both Nevada...
Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe
Mount Tallac, Lake Tahoe
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
 
Difficile: 9.5 miles, Una Giornata
Unparalleled vistas await the Tahoe hiker on a memorable journey to the lake’s tallest peak.

The jewel in the crown of mountains which ring Lake Tahoe, Mt. Tallac promises unparalleled views from its summit 9,735ft above sea level. We guide you to the top via the most direct summer route through lush forest, along scenic ridgelines, past small alpine lakes and across blazingly colorful wildflower strewn high-altitude meadows. Sure the 3,500ft...
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo's Grand Loop
Mount Diablo State Park, California, United States
 
Medio: 6.2 miles, Mezza Giornata
A 40-minute audio guide to a panoramic trail encircling one of the Bay Area's highest peaks.

The Grand Loop offers a bird's-eye view of the Bay Area, and sometimes glimpses far beyond, of the Farallon Islands, Mount Lassen, the Sierra Nevada, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. It's also a a hotspot for wildflowers in the spring. At each of 12 stops in this audio guide, naturalists point out the sights and sounds, tell tales of the mountain's...
Sturtevant Falls
Sturtevant Falls
Pasadena, California, United States
 
Facile: 3.7 miles, 1-3 ore
A leisurely hike through an enchanted portion of the San Gabriel Mountains leading to a fifty foot waterfall.

The trail from Chantry Flats to Sturtevant Falls has been a popular hike for those wanting to escape the urban sprawl of Los Angeles since the early 1900's. This is an easy hike and perfect for anyone new to hiking but be aware that the last 0.6 mile return to the parking lot is all uphill. From the Santa Anita exit of the 210 Freeway it's a 5 mile...
Half Dome Hike
Half Dome Hike
Yosemite National Park, California, United States
 
Difficile: 15.7 miles, Una Giornata
Yosemite National Park's iconic day hike, with stunning views over Yosemite Valley from the top of Half Dome.

Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park. “Average” people can accomplish the approximately 16-mile, 12-hour hike to the top of Yosemite’s signature landmark if they have three things: Education, Preparation and Motivation. This app will you with your education. I include advice on preparation – but you need to be in top...
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Medio: 0.7 miles, 1 ora o meno
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco

This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are several places with steps and some climbing if you decide to take the side trip down to Marshall Beach. The trail is pretty short, which allows for you...
Lake Aloha Hike
Lake Aloha Hike
South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
 
Medio: 11.7 miles, Una Giornata
A long hike from Echo Lake past several lakes to a great swimming spot in Lake Tahoe's beautiful Desolation Wilderness

The hike to Lake Aloha is the ultimate day hike in Desolation Wilderness. The trail is fairly flat for most of the hike, with only two sections of significant elevation gain, and you will pass by 5 lakes in under 12 miles round trip. After a hot day of hiking there is no better way to relax than with a swim in beautiful Lake Aloha where you can spend...
Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area

The Marin Headlands are intoxicating and sobering. The hills north of San Francisco are peppered with relics of America's wars, so in the same afternoon you might see wonderful examples of waves crashing amid grim reminders of nations clashing. The Headlands are a section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. Park Service....
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States
 
Difficile: 17.3 miles, Una Giornata
A great day (or overnight) hike from the beach to the top of Mount Tamalpais where you can see the entire bay area.

Mount Tamalpais (or Mt. Tam as the locals call it) is a must-do hike for anyone living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although you can drive to the top, the hike is much more rewarding, and you see many hidden treasures that those driving would likely miss. The best way to hike Mt Tamalpais is by starting at sea-level at Stinson Beach, hiking...
The Lost Coast Trail
The Lost Coast Trail
Petrolia, California, United States
 
Medio: 24 miles, Più Giorni
A 24 mile three day backpacking trip along California's most undeveloped stretch of shoreline.

The Lost Coast is an 80 mile stretch of the California coast where the builders of Highway 1 decided to go around because it was too rough. That left this coast all to us backcountry folks as the cars, the people, and the noise keeps a good distance away. This trip takes you down 24 miles of the Lost Coast starting at Mattole and ending at Black Sands...
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Wawona, California, United States
 
Medio: 7.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Walk among the giants of Mariposa Grove in Yosemite and see some of the biggest and oldest sequoias in the world

No trip to Wawona is complete without spending a day exploring the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove. This protected grove of trees is home to over 300 giant sequoias, some almost 2,000 years old! This walking tour will start at the base and take you all over the grove showing you the most popular trees in the area while giving you a lesson on the...
Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite NP
Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite NP
California, United States
 
Medio: 8.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
Worship the great outdoors from the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Two superb Yosemite lakes await you from the Cathedral Lakes trailhead at the side of Tioga Road, inviting you to swap the throngs of car-bound visitors for relative peace and tranquility of calm waters, pine forest and granite peaks. Elevation gain: • 1,300ft (from 8,600 - 9,600ft) Tips: • Insects can be plentiful around the lakes, so be...
Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park
California, United States
 
Medio: 5.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
Tackle highest peak in Lassen Volcanic National Park and stand atop an active volcano.

Located four hours north east of San Francisco this Northern California park might be a little out of the way, but it’s a prime destination for seekers of tranquility and those with even just a passing interest in geology. Mount Lassen is a towering testament to the volcanic origins of this region, and an imposing sight from the trailhead on the...
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Horse Heaven Trail to Mission Peak
Fremont, California, United States
 
Difficile: 6.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
See San Francisco Bay from high atop Mission Peak in Fremont, CA, USA. Strenuous 6-mile loop hike

Mission Peak, one of the most popular East Bay hikes, is a great workout with 2,000 feet of climb in two miles and spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Diablo Range once you reach the summit. Most hikers are content to take the so-called Hidden Valley Trail (which is neither hidden nor in a valley) to the summit, but there is a far more...
Find Nature at Lands End
Find Nature at Lands End
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Facile: 3.4 miles, 1-3 ore
The wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco is a land of rich history and spectacular nature

Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the...
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
North Peak at Mount Diablo State Park
Clayton, California, United States
 
Difficile: 10.0 miles, Una Giornata
Skip the summit crowds and see Mount Diablo's North Peak. Strenuous 10-mile hike.

If you're bugged by the existence of a parking lot atop Mount Diablo -- the East Bay's signature peak -- you're probably just the type to check out nearby North Peak, which gets far fewer visitors and offers just as many awesome vistas. My favorite path to North Peak is definitely the hard way: five miles and over 3,000 feet of climb on some of the...
Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore
Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
 
Medio: 10.2 miles, Mezza Giornata
Glorious views and grazing elk await at Point Reyes National Seashore. Moderate 10-mile hike.

It's nearly impossible to get lost on the way to Tomales Point, a rocky fingernail of land poking into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. And that's a shame, because if ever there was a place to lose yourself, this is it. The narrow, windswept sliver of Point Reyes National Seashore ending at Tomales Point has just one main trail, which rolls...
The Stanford Dish Hike
The Stanford Dish Hike
Stanford, California, United States
 
Medio: 4.0 miles, 1 ora o meno
A scenic 4-mile loop on steep, paved trails with great views on Stanford University and the San Francisco Bay.

The Stanford Dish loop is a popular route for Stanford University students as well as Silicon Valley professionals. Its steep paved trail is suitable for running, walking, and hiking. Bicycles are not allowed. Opening hours vary depending on the month of the year: January 6:30 AM-5:30 PM February 6:30 AM-6 PM March 6 AM-6:30 PM April 6 AM-8 PM May...
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Redwood City, California, United States
 
Medio: 7.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
Open space preserve in the Midpeninsula region.

The preserve is located on the weestern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks which can grow to sizable creeks in the winter. The elevation can dips down almost 1600 ft from Skyline Blvd and depending on the route, some sections...
Alum Rock Exploration
Alum Rock Exploration
San Jose, California, United States
 
Medio: 4.0 miles, 1-3 ore
Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers ancient rocks & new geologic changes.

Just a few minutes outside of San Jose, you'll find a place to explore 100 million years of history. Alum Rock Park, created in 1872 as the first municipal park in California, offers both ancient rocks and new geologic changes (and lots of nice trails and wildlife, too). Despite its longevity and proximity to a populous urban area, it remains one of...
Briones Regional Park Exploration
Briones Regional Park Exploration
Martinez, California, United States
 
Medio: 2.2 miles, 1-3 ore
Just a 10-minute drive from Berkeley, Briones Regional Park is a 6,117 acre park in Contra Costa County.

Just a 10-minute drive from Berkeley, Briones Regional Park is a 6,117 acre park in Contra Costa County. Its home to plentiful East Bay wildlife, including birds, snakes and newts. In some areas, it's still used as grazing land by local herds, part of a cattle ranching history that's more than 100 years old. The park's ridge tops offer stunning views...
Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration
Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration
San Mateo, California, United States
 
Medio: 10.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
Although this trail is not open for walk-in use by the general public, volunteer trail leaders head trips 3x a week.

Local nature lovers can enjoy the rare opportunity to hike, bike, or ride their horses through pristine stands of old growth Douglas Fir, evergreen and fragrant coastal scrub while enjoying ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Although this trail is not open for walk-in use by the general public,...
Pescadero State Beach Exploration
Pescadero State Beach Exploration
Pescadero, California, United States
 
Facile: 1.3 miles, 1-3 ore
Scanning it's expanse, you can see ocean beach, streams, grasses, bushy scrub, and tall, ancient trees.

Pescadero State Beach, a mile-long stretch just south of Half Moon Bay in Northern California is no simple place. If you look more closely you can spot some of the more than 250 species of birds that make their home here. The landscape, especially at the water, is never the same two days in a row. This Exploration created in collaboration with the...
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Exploration
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Exploration
Oakland, California, United States
 
Medio: 2.3 miles, 1-3 ore
As sure as the earth moves in Berkeley, there's a volcano just off Skyline Boulevard.

As sure as the earth moves in Oakland, there's a volcano just off Skyline Boulevard. Not just any volcano, mind you. This one's lying on its side with its guts exposed. You might not recognize it right away, owing to its reclining position and the grassy coat it's adopted. But among the shrubs and grasses at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, you'll...
Eaton Canyon
Eaton Canyon
Altadena, California, United States
 
Facile: 3.8 miles, 1-3 ore
A short trip into Eaton Canyon for an accessible waterfall. Great wildflowers in the spring, too!

This is a relatively easy less-than-four mile hike to a 40-foot waterfall. Its proximity to civilization and short distance make this a very popular trail for casual hikers, and it can get very crowded on the weekends and on hot summer days - but it's worth a visit even if you have to fight through crowds - especially when spring wildflowers carpet...
Five Lakes, Granite Chief Wilderness, Lake Tahoe
Medio: 4.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
One of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness in Lake Tahoe.

Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe, the Five Lakes promise dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, a place to relax fish or swim. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you're unlikely...
Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe
Horsetail Falls, Lake Tahoe
Twin Bridges, California, United States
 
Medio: 3.0 miles, 1-3 ore
A three mile round-trip hike gets you up close with this spectacular Tahoe waterfall.

Late spring and early summer may be the best times to experience Horsetail Falls, but a hike up the Pyramid Creek trail to this spectacular waterfall is still a worthwhile experience at any time of the year. If you can find a parking spot at the busy US50 trailhead that is. Elevation gain: • 600ft (from 6,100 - 6,700ft) Tips: • Peak volume...
Castle Rock State Park Loop: Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails
Castle Rock State Park Loop: Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails
Saratoga, California, United States
 
Medio: 6.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Great views, challenging hiking in the hills southwest of Silicon Valley.

With lush woods, gorgeous vistas, challenging trails and remarkable stone formations, Castle Rock State Park is a highlight reel for hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find a fascinating mix to trees -- gnarled oaks, towering Douglas firs, bark-shedding madrones -- but the rocks steal the show. Large formations called "tafoni" (which look...
Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop with Upper Trail
Big Santa Anita Canyon Loop with Upper Trail
Pasadena, California, United States
 
Medio: 10.0 miles, Mezza Giornata
A beautiful multi-landscape trail with many waterfalls and trees. Offers a challenging and well-maintained trail.

Big Santa Anita Canyon offers something for everybody. If you are traveling with young children, the short hike from Chantry Flat to Sturtevant Falls is rewarding and great for an easy morning or afternoon hike. However, if you're interested in something more substantial, you can follow the Big Santa Anita Loop trail. The scenery along the trails...
Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park
Waterfall Tour of Uvas Canyon County Park
Morgan Hill, California, United States
 
Facile: 1.0 miles, 1-3 ore
The best easy hike south of California's Silicon Valley.

Uvas Canyon is a treasure tucked in the hills just beyond the suburban bedlam of Silicon Valley and the South Bay. Spring-fed creeks keep the water running all year -- albeit at a trickle in the summer and fall -- but winter is the best time to come, especially after a big storm blows in off the Pacific Ocean. Local hiking clubs often make Uvas their...
Mt Judah & Donner Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Mt Judah & Donner Peak, Tahoe National Forest
Truckee, California, United States
 
Medio: 5.5 miles, Mezza Giornata
Scale two great Northern Sierra peaks in just one short day-hike.

Stunning views await you on this hiking trail and snowshoe route in the Northern Sierras, which takes in two separate peaks in just five and half miles. Elevation gain: • 1,700ft (7,100 - 8,243ft elevation) Tips: • Only tackle the loop version of this trail once the Sugar Bowl ski resort has closed for the season. • Snowshoes can be...
Murietta Falls via Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Murietta Falls via Ohlone Wilderness Trail
Livermore, California, United States
 
Difficile: 11.9 miles, Una Giornata
A tough-but-rewarding hike to the San Francisco Bay Area's highest waterfall.

It takes strong legs and an even stronger sense of humor to take on the trek to Murietta Falls. If you can laugh off the prospect of hiking six miles one way with over 4,000 feet of ascent for a waterfall without any actual water in it, you have a strong chance of enjoying this hike. Murietta Falls is a remote, rocky slit in the backcountry...
Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness
Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness
Desolation Wilderness, California, United States
 
Difficile: 13.8 miles
A trek through Lake Tahoe's Desolation Wilderness past Velma Lake, Fontanillis Lake, Dicks Lake, and Eagle Lake

This hike provides a great tour of some of the best features of desolation wilderness. It is great for a 2-day, 1-night backpacking trip on a weekend or for a long day hike. All lakes along this hike are spectacular and are great for swimming. There are a number steep sections, particularly near the beginning and end of the hike, but the views make...