California - Outdoor Activities

California has approximately 20,675 trails, including 16,837 hiking trails and 9,386 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 700 miles in length. The most popular trails are Deep Creek, Mount Whitney and Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake (Backpacking). The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in California was Pasquale T. who completed Deukmejian Wilderness Park: Dunsmore Canyon, Le Mesnager Loop Trails.

  • Half DomeView Trail Details

    34 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  1-2 days
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    Half Dome is the symbol of Yosemite; its summit the goal of just about everybody who has ever donned a pair of hiking boots. It is a grueling ...

  • Aliso / Wood Canyons Regional Park: Rock-It / Cholla LoopView Trail Details

    15 Reviews

    Laguna Beach, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    One of Orange County's most popular riding spots, Aliso/ Wood Canyons Regional Park-part of Laguna Niguel Regional Park lies hidden between Laguna ...

  • Holy Jim TrailView Trail Details

    15 Reviews

    Corona, CA

    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike into Holy Jim Canyon is one of the most scenic and interesting in the Santa Ana Mountains. The hike passes under a multitude of ...

  • Blue Ridge - Fiske Peak TrailView Trail Details

    13 Reviews

    Sacramento, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4–5 hours
    •  8.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If any entirely uphill hike can be enjoyed, it’s this one. Your hike begins at the white gate on CR 40, where you’ll see a notification that ...

  • Deep CreekView Trail Details

    13 Reviews

    Hesperia, CA

    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    A cluster of natural hot springs in an isolated canyon in the high desert. Deep Creek has become a favorite spot for those who like to go without ...

  • Mount WhitneyView Trail Details

    12 Reviews

    Lone Pine, CA

    •  Day hike or backpack
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    This expedition takes you to the top of the highest peak in the contiguous United States, and to unparalleled views.

  • Backbone Trail / Castor CrestView Trail Details

    11 Reviews

    Malibu, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  12.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a lollipop-shaped route where the sucker is a lot bigger than the stick, but every part is worth devouring. Much of this ride takes ...

  • Foresthill Divide Loop TrailView Trail Details

    11 Reviews

    Auburn, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  11.3 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the newest trails in the Auburn State Recreation Area's burgeoning trail system, the Foresthill Divide Loop Trail (FDLT) is pure fun - ...

  • Big Santa Anita Loop (Mt. Zion Loop) (Backpacking)View Trail Details

    11 Reviews

    Arcadia, CA

    •  2 days
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square ...

  • Cleghorn RidgeView Trail Details

    11 Reviews

    San Bernardino, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Easy
    •  2 hours
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    An exciting and scenic drive. An easy trail is intertwined with a difficult trail. Choose an easy or difficult route at almost every fork. Finish ...

  • Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake (Backpacking)View Trail Details

    10 Reviews

    Weaverville, CA

    •  2 days
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A hiking companion posed this question on a recent trip, “What if you could hike only in one mountain range for the rest of your life, which ...

  • Otay Mountain Truck TrailView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Ocotillo, CA

    • Off-Highway Drives  
    •  Easy
    •  2 hours
    •  16.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Otay Mountain Truck Trail is a well-maintained road that winds over the ridge tops of the San Ysidro Mountains. The trail is well used by the ...

  • The Three T’sView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Los Angeles, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  8 hours
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Timber, Telegraph, and Thunder Mountains form the undulating northeast wall of San Antonio Canyon. This superb romp over the three T’s begins ...

  • Lupine LoopView Trail Details

    9 Reviews

    Carmel, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  45 minutes
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lupine Loop is an easy hike that circles Lupine Meadow. The riverside meadow is covered in grasses and wildflowers and is dotted with cottonwoods, ...

  • American River Bike PathView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Sacramento, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  64 miles
    •  Guide

    Arguably one of the most successful and beautifully paved bike paths in northern California, this 32-mile gem of a trail stretches from downtown ...

  • China Camp LoopView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    San Rafael, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  1.5 - 2 hours
    •  11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a quick trek into the woods. Enjoy well-maintained singletrack through the hills along San Pablo Bay. Ride toward the ridgeline and follow ...

  • Cowles MountainView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    La Mesa, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Touted as one of the largest urban parks in the country, Mission Trails Regional Park, in San Diego’s San Carlos district, preserves some of ...

  • Donner Canyon to the Falls TrailView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Clayton, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  5.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Diablo has a forbidding image to many, in part because of its name and the legends it has inspired. While creeks may dry in summer, the ...

  • San Gorgonio MountainView Trail Details

    8 Reviews

    Big Bear Lake, CA

    •  2 to 3 days
    •  21.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This memorable trip is perhaps the finest backpack route in southern California, touring the region’s most scenic high-mountain landscape. Glacial ...

  • Big Sycamore Canyon / Point Mugu State ParkView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Oxnard, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  15.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Strength and good bike handling skills are required of cyclists following this 15.5-mile loop. The first 5.6 miles are a gentle ascent on Big ...

  • The Upper Natural Bridge of Calaveras CountyView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Angels Camp, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour, but allow more time to explore the cave.
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the wonders of the Gold Country, this remarkable cave on Coyote Creek cuts clear through a limestone ridge, permitting people to swim ...

  • Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve: Botanical LoopView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Escondido, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  30 minutes
    •  1.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This well-maintained trail offers a quiet, easy loop that makes it perfect for any age. The “Botanical Trail Guide” published by reserve staff ...

  • Half Dome TrailView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Yosemite Village, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  8–12 hours
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    For many, Half Dome defines the Yosemite landscape; this stunning granite monolith appears in more scrapbooks worldwide than virtually any other ...

  • Big Santa Anita Loop (Backpacking)View Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Arcadia, CA

    •  2 days
    •  9.4 miles
    •  Guide

    In the lush and shady recesses of the Front Range of the San Gabriel Mountains you can easily lose all sight and sense of the hundreds of square ...

  • Paradise FallsView Trail Details

    7 Reviews

    Moorpark, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks is Ventura County’s most scenic suburban park. The scenery here has been imprinted in the minds of many in the ...

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