Hiking is not just for the adventurous and brave, anyone can try hiking as a hobby or as a form of outdoor exercise. If you are based in California or planning to visit the Golden State, here are some of the best hiking trails to explore.
Potato Chip Rock
The Potato Chip Rock trail spans 11.7 kilometers and is a very popular trail located near Poway California. Picturesque views of the Pacific ocean and narrow, scenic walking paths await.
Potato Chip Rock is located in northern San Diego County, the entry point is Mount Woodson trail, near Lake Poway Road.
This trail is best suited for more experienced hikers, however, intermediate hikers will also find the experience challenging and enjoyable. The trail is very exposed, so pack plenty of sunscreen and water to avoid sun damage and dehydration.
Useful information about Potato Chip Rock:
Parking: Free parking at Lake Poway during the week, $10 parking fee on weekends
The trail is 11.7 kilometers, hilly terrain and 646m elevation gain (steep).
Annies Canyon Trail
Annie’s Canyon is located in Solana Beach, California, north of San Diego. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced walkers, it stretches over 3.5 kilometers and is suitable for walking and running. You can also bring your dog with you as long as it is kept on a leash.
Useful information about Annies Canyon:
Parking: A notable location for parking is North Rios Ave.
The trail is 3.5km, elevation gain of 129m. g
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail
The Upper Yosemite Falls trail spans 12 kilometers and is located near Yosemite Valley, California. The picturesque scenery includes a stunning waterfall and sparkling lakes. This trail is best for expert or intermediate level hikers.
Entrance fees to Yosemite National Park are $35 for a standard car, $30 for motorcycles and $20 for bicycles and pedestrians.
Most hikers visit the popular Yosemite fall where you’ll find stunning views of Yosemite National Park.
Useful information: The trail spans 12 km, hikers should expect an elevation gain of around 985m.
Eaton Canyon can be found near Pasadena, California. A 5.6 kilometer trail, it is suitable for all walkers and runners. Stunning views and a waterfall await along the hiking trail.
Most hikers rate Eaton Canyon as an easy hiking trail with exceptional views of the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Monica Mountains. A popular trail due to its convenient location, keep in mind that it can get quite crowded on weekends and public holidays.
You must reserve your place in advance, walk-ins are not allowed and entry is limited, so you need to arrive on time to avoid disappointment.
There are hundreds of walking paths to choose from in California, these are just a few of the options available to you. Always remember to carry plenty of water, sunscreen and energy snacks with you. Additionally, a sun hat and sunglasses are necessary items to include in your essential hiking kit.