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

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Rinconada Trail Hike Santa Lucia Mountains Los Padres National Forest Bell Mountain Rinconada Hiking Trail Santa Margarita California
Rising through grassy meadows, oak woodlands, and chaparral slopes, Rinconada Trail provides North County access to the Santa Lucia Mountains in Los Padres National Forest. Gaze over bucolic valleys on the hike up to a high point in a grassy mountain pass with views over remote ridges and canyons in the Santa Lucia Wilderness. Turn around at an overlook by the crest of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Santa Lucia Mountains · Santa Margarita · Summits
Distance: 3 miles · Elevation change: 625 to 865 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 25, 2017
Santa Paula Canyon Trail The Punchbowl Hike Santa Paula Canyon Punch Bowls Big Cone Camp East Fork Trail Los Padres National Forest Topatopa Mountains California
Framed by tall, rugged ridges in the Topatopa Mountains, Santa Paula Creek slices through the rockbed of Santa Paula Canyon, carving out alluring pools and cascades called the Punchbowl (or Punch Bowls). Finishing with a flourish, the Punchbowl has a 25-foot waterfall and a pool that you can relax beside. The Punchbowl is located between Big Cone Camp and Cross Camp,... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2017
Sisar Canyon Trail Hike Sisar Canyon Road Summit Ojai Santa Paula California Los Padres National Forest Sisar Creek Hike
Sisar Canyon cuts into the mountains above Upper Ojai Valley, halfway between Ojai and Santa Paula. A wide dirt trail travels up the canyon toward Topatopa Ridge, a striking bluff of striped rock. Rather than taking Sisar Canyon Trail (also known as Sisar Canyon Road) deep into the Topatopa Mountains, turn around at an overlook 2.75 miles up the trail for a picturesque... Read more.
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Tagged with · Creeks · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Ojai · Santa Paula · Topatopa Mountains · Upper Ojai Valley
Distance: 6.5 miles · Elevation change: 1200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2017
Horn Canyon Trail Hike Ojai California Los Padres National Forest Thacher Creek Canyon Thacher School Trailhead
Horn Canyon Trail rises into the frontcountry of the Topatopa Mountains from Ojai, California. While you can spend a full day (and a full workout) hiking up Horn Canyon Trail, you can also opt for the shorter option described here, trekking up the trail's moderate opening mile, past multiple creek crossings and views down Ojai Valley, before venturing off trail up the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Creeks · Free Trails · Los Padres National Forest · Off Trail · Ojai · Topatopa Mountains
Distance: 2.9 miles · Elevation change: 750 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 17, 2017
Oak Creek Canyon Loop Trail Los Robles Open Space Thousand Oaks California Santa Monica Mountains
Oak Creek Canyon Trail is a rather special trail in Los Robles Open Space that is designed for the blind as well as the sighted. The all-access nature trail has a dozen and a half signs in English and Braille. While blind hikers will probably want to turn around at the end of the guide fence, for a 0.55 mile hike with 50 feet of elevation change, others may continue on to... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 5, 2017
Cedar Grove and Vista View Point Hike Vista Del Valle Drive Griffith Park Helipad Los Angeles California
Away from many of the tourists drawn to Griffith Park's great landmarks (like Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood Sign), you'll find locals enjoying views of their city from Vista View Point, also know as the helipad site. This overlook along Vista Del Valle Drive presents a broad perspective over downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, and Griffith Park sites like the Greek... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Hollywood · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2.3 miles · Elevation change: 400 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 1, 2017
Yurok Loop Trail Hidden Beach Hike California Coastal Trail Redwood National Park Klamath Lagoon Creek Picnic Area
Up near the Oregon border, the north coast of California has beautiful unrefined features like driftwood-covered coves and mossy forests. Explore this inviting area on Yurok Loop Trail, a short hike through scenic surroundings. This 1.15-mile circuit passes an ocean vista along a dramatic coastline that faces a cluster of rock islands. The loop crosses a small wooded... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaches · California Coastal Trail · Crescent City · Free Trails · Klamath · Ocean Views
Distance: 2.25 miles · Elevation change: 120 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 1, 2017
Drury-Chaney Loop Trail Hike Humboldt Redwoods State Park California
Drury-Chaney Loop Trail (also known simply as Drury-Chaney Trail) presents a easy and well graded hike through redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The trail is a lollipop loop suitable for wheelchairs and strollers, crossing a surface of compact gravel with 100 feet of elevation change. The 2.4-mile length of this hike splits neatly into three sections: a 0.8-mile... Read more.
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Tagged with · California State Parks · Free Trails · Humboldt Redwoods State Park · Pepperwood · Redwood Groves
Distance: 2.25 miles · Elevation change: 120 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 1, 2017
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: April 1, 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: April 1, 2017