hiking in southern california

HIKING

Hiking in California is varied and abundant. It doesn’t matter if you’re a skilled hiker, a novice, or a family looking for a fun Sunday activity. You can hike in one of California’s many National Parks, in the mountains, along the beach, and even on trails nearby most of California’s major cities. There are trails for all ability level and interest.

POPULAR HIKING LOCATIONS

the maze loop

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree, with its otherworldly rock structures and unique plant and animal life, is one of the most awe inspiring place to hike in California.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

There is no better way to feel at one with the Yosemite wilderness than heading out on foot and exploring some of the top Yosemite trails.

BIG SUR

Big Sur, bounded by the Santa Lucia Mountains and Pacific Ocean, has unrivaled natural beauty and some of the best walks and trails in the world.

The sign for Sequoia National Park

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

The nearby Kings Canyon shares a border with Sequoia, which is full of trails ranging from simple to advanced.

5 bEST hIKES TO DO IN CALIFORNIA

  1. Yosemite Falls Trail – Located in Yosemite National Park, this is one of the best hikes for visitors and you don’t have to be a pro to do it. Hiking just the Columbia Rock part of the trail is 2 miles round trip with 1,000 ft elevation gain. The views of the falls and the valley below are incredible.
  2. The Maze Loop – The Maze Loop, in Joshua Tree National Park, is a 4.9-mile moderately difficult trail that takes hikers through a variety of natural landscapes, seeing rock formations and tons of animal life. This trail is ideal for introducing hikers to the beauty of Joshua Tree.
  3. McWay Waterfall Trail – The short hike in Big Sur has an overlook that offers a breathtaking view of the 80-foot McWay Waterfall, which cascades down a steep granite cliff into a hidden cove below.
  4. Pacific Crest Trail – The trail begins near the Mexican border in Tijuana and ascends around Los Angeles before heading just east of Fresno and Sacramento and farther north into Oregon. This is an extensive hike that requires plenty of preparation and caution.
  5. Lassen Peak Trail – Lassen Volcanic National Park is California’s hydrothermal star, with four different types of volcanoes, including the world’s biggest plug-dome. The trail also has unique alpine species, snow patches, and glacial remnants.