California Trails

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 SequoiaJoshua TreeDeath Valley, and Yosemite — home to iconic sites like El Capitan, Sentinel Dome and Half Dome.

Hike This, Not That: Skip the Big-Name Parks for These 15 Uncrowded Trails

Big-name national parks are drawing larger crowds than usual, 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 you'll have miles and miles of breathing room.