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.
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