Hiking Heaven

Hiking & Biking

California is arguably one of the top destinations for hikers. Simply stated it is a hiker’s paradise. Perhaps, no place in the world can boast of such a stunning variety of scenery. From breathtaking alpine landscapes, exotic deserts, lush coastal mountains and pristine beaches, California’s incredibly diverse landscape is beyond compare.

California also offers some of the best weather for hiking. It doesn’t matter what time of year, you can always find great hiking weather. If its too cold or snowy in the mountains, the Central Valley or Desert regions will provide optimum conditions. When the Desert gets to hot….you can always retreat the cool crispness of the mountains. And almost year round….California’s 1000 miles of coastline offer spectacular views of the Pacific.

Below, find links to some of the best trails in the world. From handi-capped access trails to world-class hiking, you can find a hike to suit your needs.

However, just like everywhere else in the world, hiking can be dangerous. Here are a couple of websites to help improve hiker safety.

  • HikeSafe.com – is a joint effort between White Mountain National Forest and New Hampshire Fish and Game. While not anywhere near California, this is a great resource for hiking safety.
  • California State Park Hiking and Camping Safety Tips – Each year, thousands of people discover that walking and hiking on California State Park trails is safe and healthy fun, if you follow a few tips.
  • Hiking – The Guide for Beginning Hikers
  • American Hiking Society – Essential trail and hiking resources

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Inland Empire


San Francisco

  • San Francisco Bay Trail
  • Land’s End Coastal Trail

San Diego

  • Lake Miramar
  • Palomar Observatory
  • Fiesta Island

High Sierra

Gold Country

Central Valley

North Coast

  • Carson Falls
  • Tall Trees Grove
  • Bodega Headlands

Shasta Cascade Trinity

  • Bizz Johnson Trail
  • Brokeoff Mountain Trail
  • Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge

Cross-Region Trail Info

  • BAHiker.com – Bay Area Hiker was created to fully explore the diverse and wonderful spectrum of hiking in the San Francisco bay area.
  • SoCaltrails.com – is committed to providing the most up to date, comprehensive information on all hiking trails in San Diego and the Southern California Area
  • Pacific Crest Trail – Zigzagging its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) boasts the greatest elevation changes of any of America’s National Scenic Trails.
  • California Coastal Trail – A network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline.
  • CaliforniaTrails.org– California has recognized 26 different trail corridors as part of the Recreational Trail Act.

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Top Hiking & Biking Attractions

Bidwell Park & Bidwell Mansion
Big Bear Snow Play, Big Bear Lake
Bizz Johnson Trail, Susanville
Carson Falls Hike
Golden Gate Bridge
Hike & Climb in Bodega Bay
Horseback Riding, Plumas County
Irvine Regional Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Redding
Victorian Homes in Ferndale
Wooden Boat Tour, Sausalito

Hiking & Biking Activities

American River Parkway

Every city, it seems, has a trail where dog walkers can see and be seen. …
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Arnold Rim Trail

The Arnold Rim Trail (ART) is a unique trail system at mid-elevation in the central …
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Aspen Grove Trail

A hike along the Aspen Grove Trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness is almost guaranteed …
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Blossom Trail

Take this self-guided motor or bicycle tour, organized by the Fresno County Blossom Trail Committee, …
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Borrego Palm Canyon Hike

Borrego Palm Canyon is the third-largest palm oasis in California, and was the first site …
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Brokeoff Mountain Trail

For sheer beauty and rugged mountain scenery the Brokeoff trail is one of the best in …
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Circle the Bay….or at least 60%!

 If you have ever walked across the Golden Gate bridge, flown a kite along the …
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Ernie Maxwell Trail

This is a perfect setting for a leisurely family hike. The trail ascends very gently …
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Feather Falls Loop, Oroville

It is a spectacular waterfall, plunging 410 ft. along the Fall River. Feather Falls flows …
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Fiesta Island Trail

While this is not technically a “hike,” to leave this area out of a book …
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Frontier Pack Station

The Frontier Pack Station offers guided pack trips to the magnificent Yosemite National Park and …
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Golden Canyon Trail

This is an easy worthwhile hike. You will not be disappointed. You walk through a …
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Hidden Falls Hike

Hidden Falls Regional Park opened to the public on October 30, 2006. The 221-acre open …
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Land’s End Coastal Trail

The Land’s End trail is an easy to moderate hike — depending on how far …
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Los Pinos Peak Trail

In the summertime, rangers open the gate to the Main Divide Road allowing you more …
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Lost Horse Mine & Mountain Trail

Try this great starter hike for Joshua Tree National Park. You get some good mountain …
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Orland Buttes – Eagle Pass Trail

The low but steep Orland Buttes punctuate flatlands that surround Orland, hiding scenic Black Butte …
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Palomar Observatory Trail

A hike along Observatory Trail on Palomar Mountain is like a “three-for-one” deal at the …
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See the Sierra Up Close & Personal

The Jamboree’s six routes travel through high desert plains and forests, along creeks, streams and …
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Sierra Soaking

Nothing like a soothing soak in a hot spring after a long day on the …
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Six Day Hikes in Wawona & Mariposa Grove

The National Park Service has provided 6 day hikes in this less traveled portion of …
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Woodward Mountain Bike Park

The most progressive mountain bike park in California. Riders will find 10 acres of progression …
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1200 Miles of Trails & Counting

Californians love and value their coast, and the California Coastal Trail is an expression of …
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