Explore the most popular no dogs trails in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 hours ago

We’ve hiked here twice and this is definitely one of the prettiest trails we’ve ever been to! The wild flowers at time of the year are unreal! Highly recommended in any time of the year, but especially spring time!

Great view of El Capitan

hiking
10 hours ago

Full flowing waterfalls with bridges at the base at the time of writing this. 5/19/18. Get soaked running across bridges but so refreshing during a hike. Best hike to date for me.

I was the only person camping out at Emerald Lake this past Friday, May 18th. The trail is free of snow until Heather Lake and fully covered in snow from Heather Lake to Emerald Lake. Micro-spikes are needed, especially during the early morning hours after the overnight freeze. I attempted to hike to Pearl Lake but was unable to cross the creek of rushing water from Emerald Lake down to Aster Lake. The creek was deep, about 5 to 6 feet wide with snow on both banks. May be later this summer when I can come back and hike to Pearl Lake. The Watchtower Trail is closed, until further notice, due to snow and ice. On the way back to Wolverton and spoke to the ranger who went up on horseback and mules to retrieve equipments left up there after the SAR of the San Diegan hiker who lost his life on May 13th while hiking the Watchtower Trail. Be safe out there.

these waterfalls are a hidden gem!!! berry creek falls are the biggest, then continue another mile or so to the cascading waterfalls, about 6-7 in a row. we did out and back - from park HQ to the end of the cascading waterfalls on the skyline to sea trail, and it was about 11.5 miles. not a ton of elevation, but an incredible workout if you push yourself to go hard. loved it overall!!!!

Got there around 9:30 on a Saturday which was good to avoid major crowds. Wind in the beginning was super strong and cold. Trail started to warm up halfway through, wildflowers are head-high and really overgrown so walking through them was a trip. Views were beautiful and got to see multiple herds of elk.

Whoa. 11,000 ft of climbing! Started at 4:30 am, solo, with a headlamp, climbed and climbed for a little less than seven hours to hit the summit. Despite a ton of experience on similar terrain -- especially at the lower elevations, the trails aren't that different than those I run in Scottsdale - I did have a little trouble finding the optimal route at times. Nothing serious, just added a bit to the growing paranoia one sometimes get when hiking unknown trails alone. Gear-wise, I brought a 70oz Nathan pack for water and like 20 Gu-type packets. I tucked a somewhat heavy technical hoodie into my pack and tied a light long sleeve shirt around my waist, but I ended up only using my long sleeve shirt for a few mins while I was chillin' (literally) at the summit.

Difficulty-wise, I'd put it in the same class as a Mt Whitney or a Pike's Peak, although they're maybe a tiny bit shorter, in terms of time on your feet, but altitude is less of a factor.

Free so I can’t complain. Some elevated portions, overall easy

A great hike but definitely on the harder side of things. Make sure you bring plenty of water as there is very little shade. Lots of wild flowers in May. The trail takes you to Little Gower and not the actual peak. We tried to get to the actual peak and couldn’t find a viable trail.

hiking
14 hours ago

This is a good one! Completed on 5/19/18 and this will kick your ass. We did it clockwise and it starts out nice enough but once you hit the short cut, it gets pretty serious. This is an intense climb so make sure you're well prepared for this. I clocked in around 1500ft of gain. After this, it's a nice walk on the ridge. We cut down Jackass Trail, though, wouldn't really recommend this route, its super overgrown right now and we found lots of ticks on us after that stretch. The climb on Poverty Flats is pretty rough too, tough way to end an already long hike. I should have filtered more water at China Hole but opted not too. This is a solid hike but as long as you're well prepared, it's nice and challenging. Enjoy before it gets to hot!

hiking
14 hours ago

Nice nature hike not too crowded. Trail was along the creek mostly. No bathrooms so be prepared.

Best hike we did in Joshua Tree. AllTrails says it’s an in and out but when you arrive there is a loop trail marked, take the Loop!!! The backside of the loop drops you into a valley that is far better then the famed Hidden Valley Trail. Start early and you will see tons of wild hares and rabbits. Parts are in the wash that can be a little confusing so just keep an eye out for the trail signs...if your unsure just push on slightly looking for the signs, if in doubt double back and try another wash, just stick with it. Super secluded, we saw no one on our 2.5 hour walk.

Amazing view of wildlowers and the ocean.

walking
16 hours ago

Enjoyable morning on the trail! Loved the view along the entire hike, as well as seeing cows and turkeys! We started at the Stanford gate and leisurely did the whole loop in about and hour and 20 minutes.

A great hike! At the beginning it felt crowded but it got better the deeper you went into the park. Not as many flowers as you’d like due to dryness. I didn’t love all the mountain bikers on some trails. Not all of them were careful to warn you about them flying around the corner

Tried to do this hike today 5/19/18 but the last gate before Silver City is closed due to a washout on the road. Its another 5 1/2 to 6 miles of walking on the paved road until you get to the trail head. According to a park ranger I met there the gate should open in a week or 2. I

Amazing and beautiful!

Saw a lot of animals, mostly bunnies. Great easy relaxing hike. I recommend this if you enjoy wildlife

lots of different trails. Beautiful views.

makes it so easy to find trails and get active. I get lost easy and this helps me stay on track.

Great hike! The tram up is amazing and the hike itself I loved. All Trails map was on point

An easy going trail with slight elevation gains and descents. Plan on hiking 10 miles plus as the trail is marked for 9.4 round trip. Add a few tenths for exploration. It was gusting 20-30 mph on April 30th. Tons of waist to chest height flowers to walk through towards the end of the point. Had a blast taking photos of all the Tule Elk. Will definitely be back when the flowers bloom again. Will be posting photos soon.

good hike but a little challenging if you are out of shape but it is doable.

Great hike if you enjoy wading through sticker bushes, being covering in ticks, and rattle snake threats.

Easy hike with lots of huge sequoia’s. Lots of people but nature takes over and you can quickly forget who is around you

Easy trail and great with all the water. If you want to get close bring a rain coat

hiking
20 hours ago

Gorgeous trail and loved the changes in terrain. We followed Nicole Zanni’s advice and took the North Trail, to the North Boundary, to the East Trail, to Fern Canyon. We were moving pretty quick and it took 2.5 hours.

21 hours ago

Beautiful hike. One of the best in NorCal.

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