Best Running in California

Looking for the best running in California? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around California. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the incredible Outbound community.

  • Hike the Lands End Trail

    The Lands End Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile hike along the coastline of SF. The highlights of the trail include access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths and the Golden Gate. This is a great hike if you're looking to explore the city or you ...

    2.9 miles

  • Explore the Presidio's Hidden Treasures

    Tucked into a corner of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the Presidio, a beautiful little oasis of forests, beaches, and sweeping views that locals love. While the coastal trails get most of the attention here, the park covers 300 acres...

  • Clifftop Camping & Hot Springs in Big Sur

    Campsite:There is nothing quite like driving or biking along US-1, the Pacific Coast Highway. Make sure you get a chance to do the drive during the day so that you can see all that Big Sur has to offer. Be careful when pulling off especially onto ...

  • Hike the Redwood Regional Park Loop

    Tucked away in the hills of Oakland, you will find one of the homes of California's Coastal Redwoods. Created by a unique geographical circumstance, this forest breathes winds funneled through the Golden Gate across the bay, which created environm...

    3.35 miles

  • Secret Stairs Astro Loop

    I learned about these remnants of Los Angeles history, just a few months ago. When I found myself in L.A. this past month, I decided to find some of these stairs, and find out what they’re all about. Back in the 1920’s these stairs were created ...

  • Run the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps

    The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps are an impressive community achievement, and an equally killer workout. Take an easy lap up the stairs to check out the amazing art, take in the views from the top, then get down to business. You'll be glad you made the...

  • Catch a Sunset at Grand View Park ("Turtle Hill")

    A recipe for happiness in the "cool grey city of love."To the seasoned San Franciscan there is no finer view in the Bay Area than that from San Francisco's front porch, Turtle Hill or "Grand View Park". If the North American continent / plate is a...

    0.25 miles 200 ft gain

  • Run the Coit Tower Stairs

    There are 2 sets of stairs for Coit Tower on Sansome St. The first set is at Greenwich and the second is at Filbert. The Filbert steps are a little deeper per step and are mostly wood and concrete. The Greenwich steps are a little tougher because ...

  • Run Runyon Canyon

    Located in the Hollywood Hills, Runyon is an iconic workout run/ hike that can give you great views all the way to the ocean. There are a few different loop trails/ hikes you can take ranging from ~1.5mi to 3.25mi all with a decent amount of eleva...

    3.25 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Davidson

    Mount Davidson Park is located in the southwestern part of the city nestled between Diamond Heights and Portola Dr. The climb isn't too difficult, but to reach the top of the 928ft summit, you should wear close-toed shoes and be ready for some loo...

  • Explore the Venice Canals

    The canals are a fun and quiet place to relax away from the hectic Venice boardwalk. Take a stroll through the canals or even get in a run! The reflections in the water are the main attraction and are great for photography. Spring, after some rain...

    1 miles

  • Explore the Cypress Tree Tunnels at Moss Beach

    The Cypress Tree Tunnels are a quick jaunt from San Francisco (22 miles) and make for a great half-day trip. Getting here depends on traffic, but 30 minutes from the center of the city is doable. Parking is relatively easy. You can either park at ...

    0.5 miles 1 ft gain