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.
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.
You don't always need to go far to go big. Case in point: these stunning hikes, all within a day trip of a major metropolitan area.
Match a hard hike with the best cure for aching muscles on these essential trips.
See butterflies, redwoods, whales, and some of the most beautiful coastline any major metro area has to offer.
Find fields of poppies on this spring-perfect hike in the Chino Hills outside Lake Elsinore.
It's hard to find an ugly spot in the national parks. But these eight hikes take it to the next level, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Go for a walk.
These 9 difficult hikes will challenge even the toughest backpackers.