Hikes in California

California is blessed with a variety of beautiful landscapes. You can stroll along beautiful coastlines, summit 14,000-foot peaks, or hike up desert canyons. California has so much to offer!

Hikespeak has write-ups for over 400 hikes in California, along with info on campgrounds and other outdoor attractions. These trails have been organized into a few hiking regions. Pick a region from the map below to see a regional page with a searchable and sortable list of trails in that area, linking to individual write-ups packed with photos, maps, directions, and other useful details. Hiking in California is a wonderful thing!

California Hiking Regions

Hiking in California

Want to visit one of California’s national parks? Jump straight to Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Kings Canyon, Pinnacles, Sequoia, or Yosemite.

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Grieg-French-Bell Trail Girdled Tree Hike Humboldt Redwoods State Park California
Grieg-French-Bell Trail provides access to lovely grove of coast redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The ground in this area is covered by a carpet of redwood sorrel that is incredibly beautiful to walk through. Within French Grove, you'll find the Girdled Tree, which had its bark removed to 1901 so that it could be displayed in San Francisco. Use... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 18, 2017
Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign Directions Griffith Park hike Los Angeles California
Are you trying to get from the Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign? Perhaps Google Maps lead you to Griffith Observatory when you were trying to get driving directions to the Hollywood Sign or maybe you are just eager to hike between Griffith Park's two biggest landmarks. It is possible to walk from Griffith Observatory to the Hollywood Sign. However, the route... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Summits · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 8.8 miles · Elevation change: 575 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 10, 2017
Heaps Peak Arboretum Sequoia Trail San Bernardino Mountains Nature Trail San Bernardino National Forest Arboretum hike Lake Arrowhead California
Get to know the plants, animals, and natural history of Southern California at Heaps Peak Arboretum. Located near Lake Arrowhead, the arboretum is a developed piece of San Bernardino National Forest. Sequoia Trail is the main trail through Heaps Peak Arboretum, covering 3/4 of a mile with 90 feet of elevation change. The star of the trail is a planted grove of... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2017
Winnetka Ridge Trail Santa Monica Mountains hike Woodland Hills Winnetka Avenue Trail Topanga State Park
If you like ridge top views without the effort of hiking all the way up a ridge, make your way to the end of Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills. From there, Winnetka Ridge Trail runs south along the spine of a ridge into the Santa Monica Mountains. The ridge stands above the west side of Corbin Canyon and delivers broad views over the San Fernando Valley. After 3/4 of a... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 23, 2016
Corbin Canyon Trail Santa Monica Mountains hike Tarzana California Corbin Canyon Park Hike Woodland Hills Los Angeles
Corbin Canyon Park is a less visited pocket of Topange State Park in the Santa Monica Mountains. The 328-acre parcel stretches into the mountains from neighborhoods in Tarzana and Woodland Hills, presenting a small offering of trails that are isolated from longer routes through the Santa Monica Mountains. Corbin Canyon hosts trails for a pleasant and manageable 2.05-mile... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2016
Griffith Observatory East Observatory Trail Griffith Park Vermont Canyon hike to Griffith Observatory Los Angeles California
Griffith Observatory sits on a ridge between Vermont Canyon Road and Western Canyon Road on the slopes of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park. Griffith Observatory is a true Los Angeles landmark that can be appreciated by arriving by trail instead of driving up the park roads. Take West Observatory Trail if you wish to hike to Griffith Observatory from Western Canyon or... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hollywood · Observatories · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 380 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2017
Castle Lake Campground Shasta-Trinity National Forest Mount Shasta Camping
Find this cozy six-site campground set within a forest of pines and other conifers near Castle Lake, a beautiful glacial cirque lake in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Castle Lake Campground makes a convenient base camp for hikes leaving from Castle Lake and the campground is a 20-minute drive from the city of Mount Shasta along Interstate 5. Castle Lake Campground ... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: October 4, 2016
Castle Peak Hike Castle Peak Route Castle Peak Trail Heart Lake Hike Shasta-Trinity National Forest California
The short hike from Castle Lake to Heart Lake explores a scenic part of Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Mount Shasta. The fun doesn't need to stop once you reach that endearing lake. Hike off trail up a ridge from Heart Lake to a summit with extraordinary views that has been given the unofficial name of Castle Peak. You will feel like royalty when you stand on this... Read more.
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Tagged with · Klamath Mountains · Lakes · Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Distance: 3.2 miles · Elevation change: 1180 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 28, 2016
Heart Lake Trail Little Castle Lake Trail Heart Lake Hike Shasta-Trinity National Forest California
You are bound to fall in love with the hike to Heart Lake. This pint-sized heart-shaped attraction in the Castle Crags Wilderness of Shasta-Trinity National Forest boasts views of Mount Shasta, Black Butte, and surrounding Klamath Mountains. The hike to Heart Lake begins from a trailhead at Castle Lake, a larger mountain lake wrapped by pines and granite cliffs. For a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Klamath Mountains · Lakes · Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Distance: 2.9 miles · Elevation change: 645 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 29, 2016
Oso Flaco Lake Trail Oceano Dunes SCRA Nipomo Dunes Hike San Luis Obispo California
Oso Flaco Lake Trail in Oceano Dunes SVRA offers a hike with easy-going appeal. The nearly level trail takes a boardwalk over a 75-acre birdlife-boasting lake and across sand dunes to a tucked-away beach and a viewpoint overlooking the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. These are the largest dunes on the coast of Southern California, but Oso Flaco Lake Trail is a short hike at just... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 18, 2017