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Best Backpacking Trails in California

Browse 17 backpacking trails with 183 miles (295 km) to hike and explore in California. Use our trail maps, elevation charts, pictures, and get directions to the trailhead to plan your next hike!

Trails in California

John Muir Trail (Duck Pass Trailhead to Vermillion Valley Resort)
47.6 Miles
76.6 km
Strenuous
One-Way
Matlock Lake
7.3 Miles
11.7 km
Moderate
Out-and-Back
Loch Leven Lakes
8 Miles
12.9 km
Moderate
Out-and-Back
Salmon Creek Trail
10 Miles
16.1 km
Moderate
Out-and-Back
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
37 Miles
59.5 km
Strenuous
One-Way
Gridley Trail to Nordhoff Peak
13.5 Miles
21.7 km
Strenuous
Out-and-Back
Ohlone Wilderness Trail
28 Miles
45.1 km
Strenuous
One-Way
San Jacinto Peak via Marion Mountain Trail
11 Miles
17.7 km
Strenuous
Out-and-Back
Parker Lake Trail
3.8 Miles
6.1 km
Hard
Out-and-Back
The Gate and South Gate Loop Trail - Squaw Meadow
5 Miles
8 km
Moderate
Loop
Simpson Reed Trail
0.6 Miles
1 km
Easy
Loop
River Beach Trail
0.5 Miles
0.8 km
Easy
Out-and-Back
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