Hiking in California can take you to the ocean, the high mountains, the desert, and all the environments in between. Located along the western coast of the U.S., California boasts incredible geography, from famous national parks like Yosemite and Joshua Tree to Mount Whitney (14,505 feet), the highest peak in the continuous 48 states.
Here, you'll get to explore some of the most popular national parks in the country, including Sequoia, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Yosemite — home to iconic sites like El Capitan, Sentinel Dome and Half Dome.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking in California.
See the coast the way it was meant to be seen.
Thanks to COVID-19, big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than normal this year, leading to busy trails and hard-to-get permits. So skip ‘em and set your sights on these sleeper alternatives instead. Not only will you still nab beauty to rival any national park, but there’s a good chance your social distancing will extend for miles and miles.
In the Los Padres National Forest, some of America's most impressive mammals roam alongside you.
Catch the best of the early season show on these nine routes curated exclusively for Basecamp members.
These ten point-to-point treks pack the payoffs of a thru-hike, but they're hikeable in a week.
For these 12 hikers, local trails so inspired them that they made it their mission to open the outdoors to everyone, one mile at a time. Now let them fire you up with picks so close you can’t say no.
When the apples fall, the cider flows. Reward yourself with fresh brews near these three hikes.