Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Lovely day today!

This is one of my favorite hikes! You get a little bit of everything, the Redwood Forest, amazing ocean view, wildflowers that surround you, a nice ocean breeze to carry you down. I would definitely recommend hiking boots for doing the whole Loop, and long sleeves and long pants to trudge through the wild flower bushes.

Great little hike. Nice grade on the up hill to get your backside in shape. Old paved highway makes it easy to follow.

great hike. love the ease of the area. some areas are more moderate but still beautiful. love all the wild life.

Disappointed in the lake. It just didn’t have much going for it. My 5 and 9 year old loved the flowers.

Amazing wild flowers end of June through July

hiking
2 hours ago

A great hike... nice views and beautiful trees of many varieties. Some of the largest Acorns I’ve ever seen. For sure I’ll do again.

hiking
2 hours ago

I went back to hike this trail the second time this summer and there are more wildflowers past Twin Lakes due to snow melt. The small ponds/giant puddles are fully evaporated by now, making is easier to hike. The path up to Island Lakes is difficult to find, but once you see the trail, it's all good from there!

hiking
2 hours ago

Very calm, not packed in the morning, parking is easy to find if you go early. The scenery is amazing .

Great views always!

backpacking
3 hours ago

The trail was very strenuous but easy to follow and well worth it. The views going up the trail and at the lake were amazing, and the Brook trout fishing in the main lake was excellent.

hiking
3 hours ago

Red Slate Mountain

Just another breathtaking valley showcasing the beauty of the High Sierras. I’ve lived in Mammoth for 3 years and just got around to exploring this section of trails. It’s hard to wrap your head around how many trails, mountains, and lakes there are to discover.

Did this as an overnight: left in the late afternoon and set up camp at Big Mcgee Lake that evening, summited the next morning then hiked out that afternoon. As of mid July 2018 some of the trail is still impacted by snow. I encourage you to bring poles and get through this section because McGee pass and Red Slate Summit are worth the price of admission; which to be clear is a steady dose of switchbacks, bloodthirsty mosquitos, hot sun, and thin air.

Nice hike with many butterflies, birds. Went left at Deer Flat down Meridian Ridge to Bald ridge to North Peak to Summit. Looped down Juniper trail and back to Mitchell Canyon. very enjoyable day.

on Black Mountain Trail

3 hours ago

Fantastic hike. I was looking for a physical challenge and this trail delivered. No need to repeat what everyone's already said, I just have a couple of things to add.
1. I used the in-app "Directions" arrow icon + Google Maps which took me directly to the trailhead via 243 S towards Idyllwild (from the Banning area). The only error was Google saying the trailhead was on my right/west-ish when it was actually on my left/east-ish but it otherwise, it was on point. All you can see from 243 is a dirt road heading kind of south-east up the mountain. There is a small sign saying street-legal vehicles only allowed. Follow the dirt road a few yards up to the parking lot.

2. I stopped to catch my breath at one point and heard a distinct rattle. As I instinctively jumped away I spotted a rattlesnake, rattles and all, about 2 feet away. It was the same grayish color as a lot of the sticks on the ground. I would never have known it was there had he not been so kind as to warn me!

Beautiful hike on a well groomed trail. Well labeled signs made it easy to stay on track, and there are multiple options for parking depending what point you start at, such as Inspiration Point or Lone Oak. Restrooms available too.

hiking
3 hours ago

Fun, short hike! Only took about an hour. Can definitely add other trails to it to get more hiking in

I took my 8 year old son and 64 year old father on this hike. It was a first time backpacking for both of them. They both made it and enjoyed it; though, this hike was a little harder than I expected it to be. My son carried his own pack with his sleeping bag and clothes. But he struggled a little. It was very steep going in towards the lake. Still, Heather and Emerald lakes are beautiful and we had a great time. On the hike out, my dad was already making plans for his next backpacking trip, and after In ‘N Out, my son was excited to hit the trail again, too. We all got eaten by mosquitoes pretty good on this trip, so if you have some kind of netting, I’d recommend getting taking it.

Getting the permit for overnight was easier than expected. We showed up at 6:55, doors opened at 7 and we were second in line and able to get a spot without any trouble.

backpacking
4 hours ago

Spent 2 nights on west shore of Jamison Lake on a perch above the water. Trail was fantastic with no sign of wild life. Nights were quiet and peaceful and the stars were incredible to see. Fish hopping and caught a few. saw a few other camps but was very quiet especially after the day hikers left. weather was hot during the day but perfect at night. Will definitely be back!

hiking
4 hours ago

Started from the Higgins Road Trailhead. Nice mix of shady forest and great views.

Made it up to Sierra Vista point, very good hike just make sure to start early if the day will be hot as there's little shade.

hiking
5 hours ago

Hike of a lifetime! Sure as hell the hardest one I've ever done, but things like this make me want to sleep in a tent the rest of my days. My buddy Huston's watch said 18 miles from our campground 5 minutes from the Mist Trail in Upper Pines. Left at 5 a.m., summited around 12:30, stayed up top for 30, then got down in about 2 hours. 4 of 6 of my party did the cables, not too bad, the stairs beforehand are worse. Just put that body on autopilot, but don't forget to look up or else you might miss it!

Super easy hike. It’s a 10-15 min hike if you drive til the parking lot.

Oh it’s a dusty road but plenty of turn outs for cars to pass.

nature trips
5 hours ago

Grateful to those who crafted this amazing feat with stairs, bars, etc. so that generations can climb and enjoy the beautiful views! A definite must if you're in the Sequioa Forest!

Nice easy walk with big trees.

I did the downtown route as a beginner biker and felt quite challenged. My husband did uptown and downtown a few times and enjoyed both.

recommend a weekday hike. nice views

We started at stop 6 and hiked to Rainbow Falls. Not much shade because there was a fire in the region years ago and trees are growing back. The walk was worth seeing the falls at the end and there really is a rainbow!

We started early in the morning at 7:00 am. We had to park on the street. There wasn’t any restrooms or trash cans. The hike was very pretty at 7:00 am. The sun wasn’t out very much. The hike was mostly uphill all the way to potato chip rock. On the way there are huge rocks and lots of stunning views. We saw bunnies, lizards, a scorpion, an eagle, and even a baby rattle snake. This early on a weekday we didn’t have to wait in a line to get to climb potato chip rock. Bring lots of water, snacks, and definitely a hat. The sun started to come up toward the end of our hike. We saw lots of kids on the trail, and some people had dogs too. The views and rocks are worth it!!

Good hike but more difficult than I anticipated. Some considerably steep parts. Most of it is pretty exposed so not advised for after about 9 am in the summer!

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