These must-haves for hiking and backpacking season can make or break your trip.
California’s rolling hills and desert heat will eagerly invite you to cool off in isolated swimming holes.
Climb through a rejuvenating burn zone and a cinder cone-strewn hillside at the front end of this 32-mile stretch on the JMT
Climb over the picturesque north face of Mount Wilson, the site of a historic observatory, on this 11-mile loop in L.A.'s San Gabriel Mountains.
Explore the ruins of historic taverns and watch clouds roll over two 8,000-foot San Gabriel peaks on this 14-mile out-and-back in the Cucumonga Wilderness.
Take two weeks to hike through superlative Sierra Nevada country on a 165-mile circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe. Ranging in elevation from 6,240 feet to 10,338 feet, the TRT spans two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas.
Climb without crowds to the state's top mountain view.
Don't waste winter: Tackle this cross-country canyon trek in the Lower 48's largest national park.
Hike across forested hills to gape at ocean vistas just one hour north of San Francisco.