Outbound Collective logo

30 California Hikes with Unbelievable Views

Get your camera ready.

By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

There are few places on Earth where you’ll find the diversity in landscape that you’ll find in California. The best way to see it all is, of course, by hiking. Whether you’re looking out over the Eastern Sierra, the Pacific Ocean, or the wide open desert, the views you’ll find on these California hikes will lead to your jaw dropping and your hands reaching for your camera. Check out our list and get ready to see the Golden State at it’s best.

1. Hike King’s Peak

Photo: Josiah Roe

2. Hike the Badlands Loop in Death Valley

Photo: Shannon Kalahan

3. Hike to Phantom Falls

Photo: Xavier Salgado

4. Hike Mount Tallac

Photo: Christian Arballo

5. Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

Photo: Joel Bear

6. Hike Glen Alpine Falls and Grass Lake

Photo: Jake Young

7. Hike to the Summit of Mt. Tamalpais

Photo: Souther Nuon

8. Hike Mt. Livermore

Photo: Clare Healey

9. Hike Clouds Rest

Photo: Addison Klinke

10. Hike to the Etna Mountain Summit

Photo: Greg Balkin

11. Hike to Artist Point

Photo: Sarah Giek

12. Hike Arrowhead Lake

Photo: Gregg Boydston

13. Hike to Lassen Peak

Photo: Christian Arballo

14. Hike the Andrew Molera State Park Loop

Photo: Katch Silva

15. Hike to Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park

Photo: Adam Franklin

16. Hike Otay Mountain

Photo: Kat Carney

17. Hike to the Hollywood Sign via Bush Canyon Trail

Photo: Hunter Day

18. Hike to the Bridge to Nowhere

Photo: Ben Lertsakdadet

19. Hike to Taft Point

Photo: Joel Bear

20. Summit Mt. Baldy

Photo: Brenda Lin

21. Hike the Castle Rock Trail at Big Bear Lake

Photo: Sassy Cuna

22. Hike to the Summit of Mt. Whitney

Photo: Gregg Boydston

23. Hike to San Gabriel Peak

Photo: Mark Garcia

24. Hike at Saddle Peak

Photo: Cameron Gardner

25. Hike up to Bishop’s Pass

Photo: Matt Purciel

26. Hike Sandstone Peak

Photo: Michael Wigle

27. Hike Half Dome via the Mist Trail

Photo: Eddie Jo

28. Hike Iron Mountain via Heaton Flats

Photo: Drew Robinson

29. Hike to Eagle Rock in Topanga State Park

Photo: Ben Lertsakdadet

30. Hike Ryan Mountain

Photo: Matt Purciel

Cover photo: Josiah Roe

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


10 Awesome Places to Snowshoe in California

Sara Sheehy

Solo Adventuring while Living the Van Life

Michael Wigle

8 Amazing Private Campsites in California

The Outbound Collective

3 Days of Chasing Wildflowers in Southern California

Michael Fricke