Explore the most popular Horseback Riding 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
no shade
2 hours ago

Open space trail located in a residential area. The trail entrance is in an uphill circle of 3 houses with limited parking but when I went at 7 pm it wasn’t hard to find a spot in front of one of the houses. Once on the trail, we walked toward the right up the hill over looking beautiful mt Diablo. There was a bit of horse droppings but it’s to be expected in a grassing open space like this. Looks like there’s a couple different trails that offer more shaded areas so it seems worth coming back sometime to explore the hills more.

Make sure you make a parking reservation before you go. Park entrance fee $15 per adult. Visit gomuirwoods.com to know more information.

Great rolling switchbacks. Shaded on and off throughout. Did it 7/14/19 and while dry and hot it was manageable with lots of water. Took the extra jaunt at the top of Grand View Point and lunched there before heading back. Beautiful views all along the way. About 7.3 to the Point and back to the picnic area at the bottom. Don’t forget the adventure pass for parking!

Completed 7/15. Definitely still snowed in on some parts along the pass and you will lose the trail, but if you know where you're headed, you'll catch it again. Adventurous spirit required, but totally worth the views!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 hours ago

We hiked this yesterday.....had never been on the trail before. Park off of Hwy 150 in one of 2 small dirt lots, or along Hwy 150. The college has revised the trailhead off their property now. Anyway, we started late, around 11:30, due to me working the night before. I recommend of course starting this hike early. It was a fairly easy beginning.... traversing through an avocado farm and oil field, open and intensely hot areas to shady, woodsy sections. There are multiple stream crossings and the trail is marked with mostly orange and white graffiti “arrow” - trail markings, which I hated seeing. Despite this we found ourselves off trail a few times, but got back on easily. As you move up into the canyon it becomes more bouldering then hiking. Lots and lots of bouldering. It wasn’t easy. We saw families with little kids and even babies. I wasn’t sure how they were making it. Keep going though. The first major waterfall and swimming hole was absolutely gorgeous and it cooled us down immensely. Definitely worth the effort it takes getting there. A little over 8 miles, up and back, from where we parked on Hwy 150.

Nice walk. Good for families. Very busy and crowded.

Beautiful and quiet walk for some much needed solitude from the hustle and bustle of the city.

backpacking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
11 hours ago

on Bishop Pass Trail

hiking
13 hours ago

Gorgeous but treacherous on the pass right now with all the melting snow. We camped past Bishop Lake to hit the pass early which helped. Snow cups and postholing made for slow going even with an early start. Ice ax not much help as it’s melting fast. We’re already making plans to return later this year and explore Dusy Basin but would not attempt again in current conditions.

no shade
13 hours ago

Beware the Gorn!

So pretty, the views at the top are breathtaking.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
14 hours ago

No shade in some areas Very ok Hike, just bugs, weeds, fallen trees, Go here it is nice.

Lives up to the hype! Great hike for a family. Clear trail, not too long or too much elevation gain. Shuttle down cost might dissuade some but spend a full day out and it’s worth it. Got to see a couple deer and a BEAR on the side of the road while driving back up.

hiking
15 hours ago

Great hike. The only thing I would say it needs is pointers or signs in the trail.

hiking
no shade
15 hours ago

Hiked this 7/14/19. This trail offers the most bang for your buck from the moment you park! If you arrive early enough (by 9), you park in the lot and are greeted with a gorgeous stream. The trail follows this stream up for a while, then opens up to views of the first lake. From there on it’s just beautiful views of lakes, marshes, streams, the works! So much water this year. The rock path to cross the stream before long lake was underwater, so crossed on a semi-shady log bridge on our left. A somewhat better option would be to take the trail to the right. It crosses over a couple narrow stream lets and leads to a big log bridge which takes you back to the trail on the left. In years past we’ve gone all the way back to Little Gem. This time we walked up the hill to get there but found snow covering the trail and we didn’t feel like dealing with it, though I’m sure it’s doable. None of us like hiking on snow unless we are shoeing. Anyhow, stunning regardless. Tons of wildflowers along the way. Mosquitoes weren’t as bad as in years past, maybe due to the cool breeze we had most of the way? Definitely bring bug spray, because we got attacked when we (or the breeze) stopped. Took my cousin here for her first time and she said it was her favorite hike ever!

hiking
17 hours ago

Do NOT let the fear of a closure stop you from taking this hike! What a beautiful hike and there are bypasses in place for the slides. Well worth the time and energy to hike it to the end. The loop trail at the very end of the hike is probably the most beautiful part. Huge trees and stunning. I have over in Humboldt all my life and I am always reminded what Humboldt is all about on hikes like these. My only complaint is that they state it’s a pet friendly trail but at mile 3 there is a posted sign NO DOGS BEYOND THIS POINT. Not sure why but it was frustrating. I had my 2 dogs with me and I wasn’t going to turn around. So just be aware!

Loved this trail, I was ready to knock out after

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