Top 100 Hikes in California

There are so many great places to explore it’s hard to know what to do. How does one choose which hikes to tackle and where to go? I did some digging and asking around. Below you will find a list of hikes to which I was referred. I’ve only done a few of these so far but plan on trying out many more and sharing them with you as I cross them off.

1. Chantry Flats in Arcadia, California

2. Muir Woods in Mill Valley, California

3. John Muir Trail in Curry Village, Yosemite NP, California

4. Jenkinson Lake Loop in Sly Park, California

5. The Grotto in Thousand Oaks, California

6. Dominguez Gap Wetlands in Long Beach, California – March 16, 2013

7. Chumash Trail in Port Hueneme, California

8. Sandstone Peak via Backbone Trail in Thousand Oaks, California – March 23, 2013

9. Lost Horse Mine in Joshua Tree, California

10. Barker Dam Trail in Joshua Tree, California

11. M.A.S.H. Hike in Agoura Hills, California – June 1, 2013

12. Hidden Valley Trail in Joshua Tree, California

13. La Jolla Canyon Trail in Port Hueneme, California

14. Mastodon Peak in Chiriaco Summit, California

15. Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree, California

16. La Jolla Valley Loop in Port Hueneme, California

17. Victory Palms in Joshua Tree, California

18. Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree, California

19. Arch Rock Trail in Joshua Tree, California

20. La Brea Loop in Los Angeles, California

21. Ryan Ranch Trail in Joshua Tree, California

22. Hastain Trail in Los Angeles, California

23. Blinderman Trail in Los Angeles, California

24. Madonna Mtn: Rock Garden in San Luis Obispo, California

25. Big Laguna Trail in San Diego, California

26. Echo Mountain Loop in Altadena, California

27. Lower Doane Valley Trail in Palomar Mountain, California

28. Wall Street Mill Trail in Joshua Tree, California

29. The Way Up Trail in San Marcos, California

30. Sunset Trail in Pine Valley, California

31. Shaubarum Park in Hacienda Heights, California

32. Dry Creek Trail in Modesto, California

33. Doane Pond Nature Trail in Palomar Mountain, California

34. San Pasqual Trail in Escondido, California

35. Peters Canyon in Orange, California

36. Briones Regional Park in Walnut Creek, California

37. Hidden Falls Park in Auburn, California

38. 30 Miles Of Auburn in Auburn, California

39. Fullerton Loop in Fullerton, California

40. Sunnyside Trail in Pasadena, California

41. Skyline Trail in Los Angeles, California

42. Nike Site # 29 Whittier Hills in Whittier, California

43. Double Peak in San Marcos, California

44. Bridge to Nowhere – East Fork San Gabriel River in Azusa, California – May 18, 2013

45. Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite in Wawona, California

46. Salmon Falls/Sweetwater Loop in Sacramento, California

47. Deer Springs Trail in Idyllwild, California

48. Devils Slide Trail in Idyllwild, California

49. Aliso Creek / Woods Canyon in Laguna Beach, California

50. Flume Trail in Tahoe, California

51. Mammoth Mountain Resort in Mammoth Lakes, California

52. Telegraph Canyon in Brea/Chino Hills, California

53. Turnbull Canyon in Whittier, California

54. Sweetwater Trail in Folsom, California

55. Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, California

56. Donner Lake Rim Trail in Truckee, California

57. Sulphur Mountain in Oak View, California

58. Los Posadas in Angwin, California

59. Arastradero Preserve in Palo Alto, California

60. Salmon Falls in Folsom, California

61. Alum Rock Park in San Jose, California

62. Anadel Trails in Santa Rosa, California

63. Purisma Creek in Woodside, California

64. Yosemite Valley in Mariposa, California

65. El Moro – Erection Loop in Newport Beach, California

66. Gabrielino Trail in Los Angeles, California

67. Potrero John (#23W06) in Ojai, California

68. Big Sycamore Canyon in Newbury Park, California

69. Lake Hodges in San Diego, California

70. Big Ride in Aptos, California

71. Tahoe Rim Trail – Spooner Summit To Kingsbury Grade in South Lake Tahoe, California

72. Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California

73. Marshal Canyon in Claremont, California

74. Point Sal Beach in Santa Maria, California

75. Devil’s Slide in Simi Valley, California

76. Quicksilver in Los Gatos, California

77. Palomar Observatory Trail in Pauma Valley, California

78. Sycamore Canyon/Point Mugu State Park in Malibu, California

79. Presidio at Golden Gate National Recreations Area in San Francisco, California

80. Jughandle Ecological Trail- East Fork in Fort Bragg, California

81. Pine Knot Trail in Big Bear Lake, California

82. Big River Bike/hike/horse Trail in Mendocino/Fort Bragg, California

83. Tequesquite Arroyo in Riverside, California

84. Redwood Regional Park in Castro Valley, California

85. Old Flume Trail/South Yuba Trail in Nevada City, California

86. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in Sunol/Pleasanton, California

87. Downieville Downhill in Downieville, California

88. De Valle Regional Park in Livermore, California

89. Hole In The Ground in Truckee, California

90. Water Dog Lake Park in Belmont, California

91. Emigrant Trail in Truckee, California

92. Upper Bidwell Park in Chico, California

93. Santa Teresa Park in San Jose, California

94. Monte Bello Open Space in Palo Alto, California

95. Saratoga Gap in Saratoga, California

96. El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Pres in Woodside, California

97. Lake Chabot in Castro Valley, California

98. Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, California

99. China Camp in Marin, California

100. American River Bike Trail in Sacramento, California

Happy hiking!





One thought on “Top 100 Hikes in California

  1. I like the way you did this post. It looks like you have some work cut out for you though. Im trying to do a similar feet by hiking and documenting hikes and trails etc. Hiking just once or twice a years doesn’t cut it. Do it as often as you can and enjoy all California has to offer 🙂

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