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.

The Salton Sea Is an Environmental Disaster—and it’s Also Gorgeous

Since its peak in the early 20th century, the Salton Sea has suffered from increasing salinity, fish die-offs, and general neglect. But on a pair of kayak camping trips, one paddler found surprising beauty there