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Hiking Trails in California

Megha Chakraborty
One of the best parts about living or traveling in California is that it has numerous hiking and backpacking trails that crisscross all of these wilderness areas.
This 7.2 miles is one of the best hikes located in Yosemite National Park. Also Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America making it a magnificient place to visit.
Yosemite Falls Trail
This is one of Yosemite's oldest historic steep and rocky trails, you can also enjoy a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley's meadows and meandering Merced River.
A short but highly scenic 3.5 mile trail passing through the beautiful Panther meadows is one of the delightful vistas in the Mount Shasta area located in California.
Gray Butte Trail
This famous trail which is filled with sagebrush, and beautiful wildflowers in the spring provides panoramic views of the Crooked River National Grassland and the Cascades.
Located in Point Lobos, this 0.6 mile loop trail forms along wih the section of the Sand Hill Trail, has magnificent ocean views.
Sea Lion Point Trail
This trail gives hikers a chance to spot seals swimming, sea otters in the protected waters and barking sea lions.
Located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park this half mile trail gives spectacular views of the McWay Waterfall in Big Sur.
McWay Waterfall Trail
The trail follows the cliffs around a cove that faces McWay Falls. A lovely beach graces in the cove below the trail where the waterfall lands on the beach.
Situated in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park along the coast, this 5 mile in and out trail in Northern California is one of the best.
Boy Scout Tree Trail
The trail is quiet easy, except for some areas of steep grades, the twists and turns, also the trail concludes at the popular Fern Falls.
This moderate, 7.2-mile round-trip hike is famous for the native California Fan Palms which is located in Joshua Tree National Park.
Lost Palms Oasis Trail
You can witness great views of the oasis, nearby peaks, and the Salton Sea to the south, as well as get a chance to hike to the popular Mastodon peak.
Located in the King Range National Conservation Area in Northern California, this 24.6 miles trail offers one of the few coastal wilderness hiking experiences in America.
Lost Coast Trail
This trail also includes beach hiking, crossing tide pools and streams, and hiking along rocky ocean bluffs along with stunning coastal views.
This heavily trafficked 16.4 mile trail is a hike connecting through D.L. Bliss State Park and Emerald Bay State Park which is located near South Lake Tahoe.
Rubicon Trail
Along the journey, hikers can skirt cliffs, dip into coves, enjoy at the waterfalls, and admire the beauty of wildflowers.