Best trails in California

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Trying to find the best California trails? AllTrails has 10,018 great hiking trails, 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 Sequoia 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 Escondido Canyon Park near Malibu. Ready for some activity? There are 5,048 moderate trails in California ranging from 1 to 561.8 km and from -75 to 3,975 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in California
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#1 - Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 12.2 km • 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
#2 - Sturtevant Falls Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 39 m
NOTE: It has been reported that the entrance 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 information. A leisurely hiShow more
#3 - Iron Mountain Trail
Poway, California
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Length: 8.4 km • 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
#4 - Mount Whitney Trail
Inyo National Forest
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Length: 36.2 km • Est. Multi-day
This is a long and strenuous out-and-back trek that summits Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The trail averages 550' of elevation gain per mile and features two designShow more
#5 - Black Star Canyon Trail
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 3 h 22 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, parking along Black Star Canyon Road and parking lots will be closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check with the park before visiting for up to date information. Black StaShow more
#6 - Icehouse Canyon to Cucamonga Peak Trail
Cucamonga Wilderness
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Length: 18.7 km • Est. 7 h 35 m
Cucamonga Peak offers amazing views over Southern California's Inland Empire, east toward Apple Valley and beyond. This hike from Icehouse Canyon is a strenuous out-and-back route with over 4,000 feetShow more
#7 - Echo Mountain via Sam Merrill Trail
Angeles National Forest
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Length: 8.7 km • Est. 3 h 8 m
This trail is good for running but can be crowded. This route is the Lower San Merrill trail towards Lake. At the beginning, take the second trail further back towards mountain. At the top, turn rightShow more
#8 - Dipsea, Steep Ravine, and Matt Davis Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Length: 12.6 km • Est. 4 h 21 m
Hike from the Pacific Ocean all the way up to The Muir Woods Visitor Center. There area spectacular ocean views, rushing creeks, and pretty waterfalls. Steep Ravine is a real jewel in Marin County's Show more
#9 - Lands End Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.5 km • Est. 1 h 22 m
Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers brilliant view of the Pacific. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. This is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco. A cornShow more
#10 - Cowles Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
Mission Trails Regional Park
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Length: 4.8 km • Est. 1 h 49 m
Note: This trail, the parking lot and restrooms may still be closed due to COVID-19. Please check the the Mission Trails Regional Park website for more information. https://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-Show more
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