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California truly has it all. Where else can you find so much pristine coastline, otherworldly desert, epic granite mountains, and giant redwood forests? Take an extended road trip on Highway 1 or 395 and you'll see what we mean.

Top Spots

Alamere Falls via Palomarin Trailhead

Palomarin Trailhead, California

4.5
13.54 mi / 1614 ft gain

McWay Falls

Big Sur, California

4.6

Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest

Mariposa County, California

4.7
18.93 mi / 1775 ft gain

Lands End Trail

San Francisco, California

4.7
3.26 mi / 500 ft gain

Sykes Hot Springs via Pine Ridge Trail

Big Sur, California

4.2
18.96 mi / 7339 ft gain

Wisdom Tree

Los Angeles, California

4.8
0.95 mi / 528 ft gain

Cataract Falls

Stinson Beach, California

4.2
2.81 mi / 1184 ft gain

Canopy, Panoramic, Redwood Trail, Sun, Dipsea Trail Loop

Mill Valley, California

4.7
4.31 mi / 1145 ft gain

Tall Trees Grove, Redwood Creek, Emerald Ridge Loop

Orick, California

4.4
4.41 mi / 1043 ft gain

Places to stay

Upper Sage Flat

Big Pine, California

Upper Sage Flat

Heart Bar Equestrian

Angelus Oaks, California

Heart Bar Equestrian

Trumbull Lake

Bridgeport, California

Trumbull Lake

Yellowjacket

El Dorado County, California

Yellowjacket

Sarah Totten Campground

Siskiyou County, California

Sarah Totten Campground

Almanor

Canyondam, California

Almanor

Guides and stories

The Best Views in Laguna Beach

The Best Views in Laguna Beach

Visit Laguna Beach

5 Calf-Crushing Trail Runs in the San Francisco Bay Area

5 Calf-Crushing Trail Runs in the San Francisco Bay Area

The Outbound Collective

Road Trip Guide: Yosemite Valley To Mammoth Mountain

Road Trip Guide: Yosemite Valley To Mammoth Mountain

The Outbound Collective

Why Laguna Beach Is the Ultimate Summer Destination

Why Laguna Beach Is the Ultimate Summer Destination

Visit Laguna Beach

5 Must-Do Hikes in the California Redwoods

5 Must-Do Hikes in the California Redwoods

The Outbound Collective

Why Backpacking Clouds Rest Should Make Your Permit Application Lineup

Why Backpacking Clouds Rest Should Make Your Permit Application Lineup

AJ Johnson

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