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Best Backpacking Trails in California

MyHikes has 17 amazing backpacking trails with 183 miles to explore in California. Get directions to the trailhead, use our trail maps, elevation charts, and pictures from the trail to plan your hike or meetup with friends - all free without signing up!

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1.18k
1
John Muir Trail (Duck Pass Trailhead to Vermillion Valley Resort)
828
Matlock Lake
663
1
Loch Leven Lakes
648
1
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
560
2
Salmon Creek Trail
less than 500
1
Gridley Trail to Nordhoff Peak
less than 500
1
The Gate and South Gate Loop Trail - Squaw Meadow
less than 500
San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Trail
less than 500
Parker Lake Trail
less than 500
1
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
less than 500
Simpson Reed Trail
less than 500
1
Mount Tallac
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