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The Grand Canyon's Rim to Rim hike is an amazing hike that goes from the canyon's South Rim to the North Rim

Backpacking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim

  • Distance: 21 miles
  • Elevation: Coming Soon
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The High Sierra Trail is a 72-mile backpacking route that begins at Sequoia National Park and ends at Mount Whitney.

Backpacking the High Sierra Trail

  • Distance: 72 miles
  • Elevation: 15,000 feet (over the 72 mile trail)
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Highlights: There's a lot to see on this scenic backpacking trip: Glacial lakes, Giant Sequoia Trees, Mount Whitney, Hot Springs
  • Region: Central California: Sequoia National Park
The Lost Coast Trail is a rugged 25-mile backpacking trip through the King Range National Conservation Area in Northern California.

Backpacking the Lost Coast

  • Distance: 25.3 miles
  • Elevation: Coming Soon
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The Skyline-to-the-Sea trail is a 30-mile backpacking trip through Castle Rock State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Backpacking the Skyline to the Sea Trail

  • Distance: 30.5 miles
  • Elevation: Coming Soon
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Catalina Island on the Trans-Catalina Trail

Backpacking the Trans-Catalina Trail

  • Distance: 38.5 miles
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Bair Island in Redwood City has an easy 3.5 mile hiking trail that bird watchers will love.

Bair Island Trail

  • Distance: 3.59 miles
  • Elevation: 55 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Bay Views, Bird Watching
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Brooks Falls loop is a 9-mile hike to Montara Mountain from San Pedro Valley Park.

Brooks Falls Loop

  • Distance: 2.58 miles
  • Elevation: 581 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Coastal Views, Seasonal Waterfall, Wildlife Sightings, Camping
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The South Grove Loop in Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a 5-mile hike to some of the oldest and largest Sequoia trees in the park.

Calaveras Big Trees Giant Sequoia Hike

  • Distance: 4.9 miles
  • Elevation: 754 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: Wildlife Sightings, Giant Sequoia Trees, Camping
  • Region: Sierra Nevada Mountains
This 5.8 mile hike in Mount Tamalpais follows the path of a series of waterfalls.

Cataract Falls Hike at Mount Tamalpais

  • Distance: 5.83 miles
  • Elevation: 1212 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Waterfalls, Wildlife Sightings
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
During this one mile walk in San Francisco you'll climb some of the city's famous staircases and visit Coit Tower, North Beach, and the Embarcadero.

Classic San Francisco and Coit Tower Walk

  • Distance: 1 mile
  • Elevation: 221 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: City views, Dog-friendly, Classic Staircases
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Cold Creek Trail in Mendocino National Forest

Cold Creek Trail: Backpacking Mendocino National Forest

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation: 1500 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, waterfall, backpacking
  • Region: Northern California
The San Andreas Trail at Crystal Springs Reservoir is a paved multi-use trail in San Mateo County

Crystal Springs San Andreas Trail

  • Distance: 9.3 miles
  • Elevation: 601 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: Waterfront, Wildlife Sightings, Paved Multi-Use Trail
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Devil's Slide Trail in Pacifica is an easy coastal walk with amazing views

Devil’s Slide Trail

  • Distance: 3.59 miles
  • Elevation: 646 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, Waterfront
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Estero Trail to Sunset Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore offers coastal views and great wildlife sightings.

Estero Trail to Sunset Beach

  • Distance: 7.66 miles
  • Elevation: 876 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Beach Access, Wildlife Sightings, Waterfront Views
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
This coastal hike at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach is best done at low tide when you can walk along the tide pools and see all of the seals.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Hike

  • Distance: 1.54 miles
  • Elevation: 66 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Wildlife Sightings, Beach Access, Tidepools,
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Land's End Trail in San Francisco has great views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Lands End Coastal Trail

  • Distance: 3.4 miles
  • Elevation: 680 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, Beach access, Stunning Views
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Point Bonita lighthouse in the Marin headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Marin Headlands Hiking and the Point Bonita Lighthouse

  • Distance: 7.5 miles
  • Elevation: 1870 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Beach access, coastal views, historic batteries and bunkers, lighthouse tour
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area: Marin Headlands
View from the top of Mastodon Peak in Joshua Tree National Park

Mastodon Peak Loop: Joshua Tree National Park

  • Distance: 3 miles
  • Elevation: 375 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: An abandoned mine and a fan palm oasis are just some of the highlights on this trail
  • Region: Joshua Tree National Park
A challenging 9-mile hike to Montara Mountain from San Pedro Valley Park.

Montara Mountain from San Pedro Valley Park

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Elevation: 2156 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Coastal Views, Wildlife Sightings, Camping
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Mount Sizer Loop in Henry Coe State Park is a challenging 15 mile hike with over 4000 feet of elevation gain.

Mount Sizer Loop at Henry Coe State Park

  • Distance: 15.3 miles
  • Elevation: 4225 feet
  • Difficulty: Butt Kicker
  • Highlights: Wildlife Sightings, Wildflowers in Spring
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
View from the top of the Mt. McAbee Overlook in Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Mt. McAbee Overlook at Big Basin

  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Elevation: 1844 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Highlights: Camping, Backpacking, Redwoods, Wildlife Sightings, Waterfalls
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The challenging 12-mile trail to seasonal Murietta Falls in the Ohlone Wilderness has over 4000 feet of elevation gain.

Murietta Falls Hike and the Ohlone Wilderness

  • Distance: 11.8 miles
  • Elevation: 4176 feet
  • Difficulty: Butt-Kicker
  • Highlights: Season waterfall, Wildlife Sightings, Backpacking, Camping
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Adobe Creek Trail at Palo Alto Baylands

Palo Alto Baylands Adobe Creek Loop

  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Elevation: 128 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: dog-friendly, bird watching
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
This 2.7 mile hike follows the marshy shoreline before winding through the hills of Palo Alto Baylands Byxbee Park where walkers are treated to sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.

Palo Alto Baylands Byxbee Park Hills Walk

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Elevation: 211 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, Bird Watching, Waterfront Trail
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
This 12.5-mile loop in Point Reyes leaves from the Bear Valley Visitors Center. You'll walk through mossy forests and along coastal bluffs.

Point Reyes Bear Valley: Sky and Coast Loop

  • Distance: 12.56 miles
  • Elevation: 1840
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Highlights: Coastal Views, Beach Access, Wildlife Sightings, Camping, Backpacking
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Woman hiking on the beach in the Presidio with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background

Presidio San Francisco Loop

  • Distance: 8.7 miles
  • Elevation: 1063
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Camping, Beach Access, Waterfront, Wildlife Sightings
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Purisima Creek Redwoods has some of the best hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area

Purisima Creek Redwoods Hike

  • Distance: 9.5 miles
  • Elevation: 2310 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Highlights: Redwood groves, wildflowers in the spring, views of pine forests and the ocean
  • Region: The Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area
The ridge-to-ridge loop at San Bruno Mountain has stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.

Ridge-to-Ridge on San Bruno Mountain

  • Distance: 9.26 miles
  • Elevation: 1162 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Wildlife Sightings, City Views
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Sawyer Camp Trail is part of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail in San Mateo County.

Sawyer Camp Trail

  • Distance: 6.81 miles
  • Elevation: 208 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Waterfront, Wildlife Sightings, Paved Multi-Use Trail
  • Region: San Mateo County
The Dish Trail is a moderate 3.6 mile loop in the hills above the Stanford University campus.

Stanford Dish Trail Loop

  • Distance: 3.6 miles
  • Elevation: 534 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Highlights: This paved path is great for runners and families with strollers.
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Stillwater Cove is part of Sonoma County Regional Park and has Redwood trees and a sandy cove beach

Stillwater Cove Regional Park

  • Distance: 3.19 miles
  • Elevation: 227 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Dog-Friendly, Beach Access, Redwoods, Camping
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
The Sweeney Ridge Trail in Pacifica is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Sweeney Ridge Trail

  • Distance: 7.23 miles
  • Elevation: 1308 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, Coastal Views, Wildlife Sightings
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Water Dog Lake is a dog-friendly hiking trail in the San Francisco Bay Area

Water Dog Lake

  • Distance: 3.66 miles
  • Elevation: 395 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Highlights: Dog-friendly, Wildlife Sightings
  • Region: San Francisco Bay Area