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Best trails in California

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Trying to find the best California trails? AllTrails has 10,038 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Yosemite National Park or around Yosemite Valley, Los Angeles or San Diego we've got you covered. If you're looking for great California state park trails, check out Mount Tamalpais State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Lake Poway Park near Poway or Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park near Pasadena. Ready for some activity? There are 5,059 moderate trails in California ranging from 0.6 to 349.1 miles and from -246 to 13,041 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail
Yosemite National Park
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Length: 8.8 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm During the winter monthsShow more
#2 - Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
One of the most popular trails for photo ops and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, this steep and narrow hike up to Potato Chip Rock and Mount Woodson summit is a must-do for locals and visitors alikShow more
#3 - Alamere Falls via Coast Trail from Palomarin Trailhead
Point Reyes National Seashore
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
Please note that as of June 2020 Mesa Road may be closed due to construction for major road improvements until July 2020 and access to this trail with motor vehicles is blocked. Alamere Falls is a tShow more
#4 - Mission Peak Loop from Stanford Avenue Staging Area
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 47 m
Note from the East Bay Regional Park District: There is very limited parking at Stanford Avenue Staging Area. It is best to park at Ohlone College to access Mission Peak: 43600 Mission Blvd to Anza PiShow more
#5 - Eaton Canyon Trail
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
NOTE: Visitors need a timed entry reservation to hike in this park. Please visit the park site to reserve your spot or for more information: https://www.ecnca.org/ Eaton Canyon Trail is a relatively Show more
#6 - Upper Yosemite Falls Trail
Yosemite National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm Enjoy the thrilling viewShow more
#7 - Sturtevant Falls Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the entrance and road to the trail head can CLOSE if it gets too crowded, so please plan accordingly and try to go early. Please see the park's website for up to date iShow more
#8 - Half Dome Trail
Yosemite National Park
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Length: 15 mi • Est. 9 h 1 m
Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm Half Dome is a serious eShow more
#9 - Iron Mountain Trail
Poway, California
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
One of San Diego's most popular hikes, the Iron Mountain Trail leads to the second highest peak in Poway and offers great views of Northern San Diego County. On a clear day hikers can see Mt. Woodson Show more
#10 - Black Star Canyon Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
Black Star Canyon Trail, a lesser known hiking trail in Orange County of Southern California, is a fun hike to Black Star Canyon Falls. The trail can be accessed off of Highway 241 at Santiago Canyon Show more
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