List of Hiking Trails in California

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Beginner Hikes in California

There is so much beauty in this world and we all need to go out and find this bliss. We find the wonders of nature when we're hiking. We are not experienced hikers, we feel like we're still beginners but we know the basics and still learning along the way. Our hikes are always a mix of exploring a mountain, an overlook, a short beach trail and we also go the extra mile every now and then. We have here a list of the best hiking trails we've done in California. Let's go!
How to get there: 
Eaton Canyon Natural Area Park and Nature Center
Address: 1750 N Altadena Dr, Pasadena, CA 91107 
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: 3.5 miles (back and forth)
Elevation: 436 feet
Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes (back and forth, depending on pace)



Hollywood Sign via Charlie Turner Trail

How to get there:
Charlie Turner Trail or aka Mount Hollywood Trail
Address: 2840 W Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Griffith Observatory $3 for every hour

Distance: 3 miles (4.83 km, back and forth)
Elevation: 800 feet
Duration: 2-3 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)



Hollywood Sign via Brush Canyon Trailhead

How to get there:
Brush Canyon Trailhead
Address: Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: From Brush Canyon Trailhead, 1.9 miles to the back of the Hollywood sign and  2.3 miles for the front sign
Elevation: 725 feet
Duration: 4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)



Chilao to Mt. Hillyer via Horse Flats Trail

How to get there: 
Chilao Visitor Center
Address: 1 Moccasin Trail, Palmdale, CA 93550
Entrance Fee: Free
Parking: Free at trail Entrance (close to Chilao Visitor Center)

Distance: 6.8 miles
Elevation: 1,194 feet
Duration: 3 hours (back and forth)



Parker Mesa Overlook via Los Liones Canyon trailhead

How to get there: 
Los Liones Canyon Trailhead
Address: Paseo Miramar Trail, Malibu, CA 90265
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: 4.9 miles
Elevation: 1,171 feet
Duration: 3 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)



Switzer Fall via Gabrielino Trail

How to get there:
Address: Switzer Picnic Area, Switzer Truck Trail, Altadena, CA 91001
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Adventure Pass needed (purchase @Big 5 Sporting Goods)

Distance: 4.3 miles (back and forth)
Elevation: 725 feet
Duration: 3 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)



Escondido Falls via Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trail

How to get there:
Escondido Canyon Trail
Address: Escondido Canyon Trail, Malibu, CA 90265
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Two options 1.Free street parking along PCH 1 near the park entrance with a sign that says "Winding Way Trail to Escondido Falls" or 2. drive through the sign and park inside for 8 USD.

Distance: 3.8 miles (back and forth)
Duration: 3 - 4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)
Elevation: 626 feet



Cave of Munits via El Escorpion trailhead

How to get there: Cave of Munits
El Escorpion trailhead
Address: 24501 Vanowen St, West Hills, CA 91307
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: 1.8 miles loop (back and forth)
Duration: 1 hour (back and forth, depending on pace)
Elevation : 308 feet



Corriganville Park Loop trail

How to get there:
Coriganville Park
Address: 7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: 1.7 miles loop (back and forth)
Elevation: 259 feet
Duration: 1 hour (back and forth, depending on pace)


10. Malibu Creek State Park

Malibu Creek State Park

How to get there:
Address: 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302
Entrance and Parking fee: 12 USD admission and for whole day parking


11. O'Melveny Nature Trail Loop

O'Melveny Nature Trail Loop

How to get there:
Address: O'Melveny Park, Sesnon Boulevard, Granada Hills, CA 
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: 1.6 miles loop (back and forth)
Elevation: 252 feet
Duration: 1 hour (back and forth, depending on pace)


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Short Easy Beach Hikes and Walks
A walk can be a hike if it's longer and increasing the pace of walking.

12. Los Angeles Arboretum Trail

Los Angeles Arboretum Trail

How to get there:
Address: 301 North Baldwin AvenueArcadia, CA, 91007 
Entrance fee: Adults: USD 15, Students and Seniors: USD 11, Ages 5-12: USD 5 and 4 and under is free
Parking: Free

Distance: 1.8 miles loop (back and forth)
Elevation: 121 feet
Duration: 1-2 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)


Abalone Cove Reserve

How to get there: 
Abalone Cove Reserve 
Address: 5970 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: Pay Parking or Street Parking (First 30 Minutes is FREE, 6 USD for 30 minutes to 2 hours and 12 USD for over than 2 hours parking)

Route: Abalone Cove Reserve via Sea Dahlia Trail, Portuguese Viewpoint, and Olmsted Trail
Distance: 1.4 miles loop (back and forth), we might have done more as we went to check out some other trails.
Duration: 2 hours (back and forth, depending on pace) 
Elevation: 269 feet


14. Point Dume Beach via Point Dume Cove Trail 


How to get there:
Point Dume  State Beach
Address: 6800 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: 6 USD 

Distance: 1.4 miles (back and forth)
Elevation: 347 feet


15. El Matador, La Piedra and El Pescador State Beaches 


How to get there
El Matador Beach
Address: 32350 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: 8 USD or park in the Pacific Coast Highway for free

Distance: 2.4 miles (back and forth)
Elevation: 154 feet 


16. Venice Beach and Venice Boardwalk


How to get there:
Address: Venice Beach, 90291
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: 5 USD - 15 USD,  depends on season or Street parking in the residential area for free


17. Will Rogers State Beach


How to get there:
Will Rogers State Beach
Address: 17000 CA-1, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: 6 USD


18. Hermosa Beach


How to get there:
Hermosa Beach
Address: Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: 3 USD - 30 USD or Street parking for free


19. Santa Monica Pier


How to get there:
Santa Monica Pier
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Entrance fee: Free 
Parking: Find a parking structure 3 USD - 20 USD


Challenging Hikes
Testing your limits makes life interesting.


Potato Chip Rock via Mount Woodson Trail

How to get there: 
Potato Chip Rock in San Diego
Address: Mount Woodson Trail, Poway, CA 92064
Entrance fee & Parking: 10 USD 

Distance:  7.5 miles (back and forth)
Elevation: 1,220 feet
Duration: 3-4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)



Granite Lake and Maggie's Peaks of South Lake Tahoe

How to get there: 
Bayview Campground
Address: Bayview Campground, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Entrance fee: Free
Parking: Free

Distance: Estimate around 5-6 miles loop (back and forth)
Duration: 5-6 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)
Elevation: 1,761 feet


Check out National Parks
Add more spice to your hiking life by camping and biking in National parks.


Grand Canyon National Park

How to get there:
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
Address: S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Entrance fee: 35 USD per car or  purchase the "America the Beautiful Pass" for 80 USD which allows you access to different national parks for a year
Parking:
Lot 1: close to Grand Canyon views.  RV spaces/vehicles with trailers.
Lot 2: Grand Canyon Visitor Center/ Market Plaza.  No RV spaces.
Lot 3: short walk to the Visitor Center/ Market Plaza.  No RV spaces.
Lot 4: more parking spaces.  Bicycle Rental & CafĂ©, Bookstore and Visitor Center / Plaza. No RV spaces.


23. Yosemite National Park - post coming soon

Yosemite National Park

How to get there:
Address: 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389
Entrance fee: 35 USD per car or  purchase the "America the Beautiful Pass" for 80 USD which allows you access to different national parks for a year


Have fun and be safe ^__^

Stay tuned for more hiking trail updates!

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