Best backpacking trips in California

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176 trips

Half-Dome Day Hike

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Yosemite National Park

Mt. Whitney Day Hike

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Inyo National Forest

Lost Coast Trail: Mattole to Black Sands Beach

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King Range Wilderness

Mt. Whitney Backpacking

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Inyo National Forest

Rae Lakes Loop

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Half-Dome via Little Yosemite Valley

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Yosemite National Park

Jordan Hot Springs

Inyo National Forest

Minaret Lake

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Inyo National Forest

Thousand Island Lake via River Trail

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Inyo National Forest

Cottonwood Lakes

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Inyo National Forest

High Sierra Trail: Crescent Meadow to Whitney Portal

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Cottonwood Lakes Loop

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Inyo National Forest

San Bernardino Peak

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San Gorgonio Wilderness

Oneida Lake

Inyo National Forest

Thousand Island Lake via PCT

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Inyo National Forest

Big Pine Lakes

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Inyo National Forest

Steelhead Lake from Saddlebag Lake

Inyo National Forest

Helen Lake

Inyo National Forest

Meysan Lake

Inyo National Forest

Coast Trail / Bear Valley Trail Loop

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Woodchuck Lake

Sierra National Forest

Fleming Lake

Sierra National Forest

Ediza Lake

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Inyo National Forest

Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier

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Inyo National Forest

Paradise Valley

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

North Rim Route: Porcupine Creek to Tamarack Creek

Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Lake

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Yosemite National Park

Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes

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Inyo National Forest

Pear Lake

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Sabrina Basin to Moonlight Lake

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Inyo National Forest

Upper Jackass Lake

Sierra National Forest

Island And Twin Lakes

Desolation Wilderness

Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney

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Inyo National Forest

Thousand Island Lake from Rush Creek

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Inyo National Forest

Golden Trout Lakes via Piute Pass

Inyo National Forest

Fontanillis Lake and Dick’s Peak

Desolation Wilderness

John Muir Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Blayney Hot Springs

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Sierra National Forest

Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley via JMT

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Yosemite National Park

Franklin Lakes

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Little Five Lakes and Big Five Lakes Loop

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Rae Lakes Loop (counter-clockwise)

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Pohono Trail: Wawona Tunnel to Glacier Point

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Yosemite National Park

Devils Bathtub

Sierra National Forest

Alta Peak and Alta Meadow

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

San Gorgonio Peak from Fish Creek Day Hike

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San Gorgonio Wilderness

Chiquito Lake

Sierra National Forest

Upper Chain Lake

Sierra National Forest

Young Lakes via Dog Lake

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Yosemite National Park

Chief Lake Loop

Sierra National Forest

Hilton Creek Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Lake Vernon and Rancheria Falls

Yosemite National Park

Rae Lakes Loop via Kearsarge Pass

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Inyo National Forest

Mather Ranger Station to Smith Meadow

Yosemite National Park

Graveyard Lakes

Sierra National Forest

Duck Lake

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Inyo National Forest

John Muir Trail: Devil’s Postpile to Yosemite Valley

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Inyo National Forest

Mono Pass from Tioga Road

Yosemite National Park

Monarch Lakes

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Lake Aloha to Mt. Price

Desolation Wilderness

Mildred Lake

Inyo National Forest

San Gorgonio Peak from Vivian Creek Day Hike

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San Gorgonio Wilderness

Lamarck Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Rancheria Falls

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Yosemite National Park

Eagle Lake

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Pohono Trail: Wawona Tunnel to Old Inspiration Point

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Yosemite National Park

Vogelsang and Lyell Canyon Loop

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Yosemite National Park

San Bernardino and San Gorgonio Peaks

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San Gorgonio Wilderness

Aspen Grove

San Gorgonio Wilderness

Little Five Lakes and Big Five Lakes Loop Counter-Clockwise

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Middle Fork Trail to Mehrten Creek

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

North Dome from Tioga Road

Yosemite National Park

Ostrander Lake

Yosemite National Park

Twin Lakes

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Emerald Lake

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Mono Meadow to Lower Ottoway Lake

Yosemite National Park

Lake Aloha Trail

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Desolation Wilderness

Crescent Lake via Chilnualna Falls

Yosemite National Park

Finger Lake

Inyo National Forest

Emerald Lakes

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Inyo National Forest

Hockett Meadow via Atwell Hockett Trail

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

George Lake

Sierra National Forest

Smith Peak

Yosemite National Park

Farewell Gap and Franklin Pass Loop

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

White Chief Bowl

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Seville Lake

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Upper Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite National Park

Charlotte Lake via Kearsarge Basin

Inyo National Forest

Matlock Lake and Kearsarge Pass

Inyo National Forest

Sawmill Lake

Inyo National Forest

Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Yosemite Falls Loop

Yosemite National Park

Lost Coast Trail: Black Sands Beach to Mattole

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King Range Wilderness

Sunrise High Sierra Camp

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Yosemite National Park

Yost Lake

Inyo National Forest

Harden Lake

Yosemite National Park

Loon Lake to Rubicon Reservoir

Desolation Wilderness

Canyon Creek Lakes

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Trinity Alps Wilderness

Kearsarge Lakes

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Inyo National Forest

Lillian Lake Loop

Sierra National Forest

May Lake and Mount Hoffman

Yosemite National Park

Ten Lakes from White Wolf Trailhead

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Yosemite National Park

Gilmore Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Merced Lake from Glacier Point

Yosemite National Park

Rosalie Lake via Devils Postpile

Inyo National Forest

Longley Lake

Inyo National Forest

Lake of the Woods

Desolation Wilderness

Dewey Point (winter)

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Yosemite National Park

Edith Lake from Laurel Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Lake George to Deer Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Ten Lakes via Lukens Lake

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Yosemite National Park

Mosquito Lake

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Middle Velma Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Sykes Hot Springs

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Ventana Wilderness

Four Lakes Loop

Trinity Alps Wilderness

George Lake

Inyo National Forest

Tamarack Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Fern Lake from Devils Postpile

Inyo National Forest

Emerald Lake

Trinity Alps Wilderness

Snow Creek from Tioga Road

Yosemite National Park

Comanche Meadow Loop

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Jennie and Weaver Lakes Loop

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Ropi Lake via Horsetail Falls

Desolation Wilderness

Lake Genevieve and Crag Lake

Desolation Wilderness

North Lake to South Lake Loop via Lamarck Col

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Inyo National Forest

Polly Dome Lakes

Yosemite National Park

Dusy Basin via Bishop Pass

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Inyo National Forest

Birch Lake

Inyo National Forest

Granite Lake

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Ten Lakes

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Yosemite National Park

Hart Tree Loop

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Fern Lake

Inyo National Forest

Berk Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Valentine Lake

Inyo National Forest

Horton Lake

Inyo National Forest

Iva Bell Hot Springs

Inyo National Forest

Gibbs Lake

Inyo National Forest

Susie Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Upper Sardine Lake

Inyo National Forest

Iceberg Lake

Inyo National Forest

George Lake via Potter Cut-off

Sierra National Forest

Dana Lake

Inyo National Forest

Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River

Yosemite National Park

Boulder Creek Lakes

Trinity Alps Wilderness

Lake Italy via Italy Pass

Inyo National Forest

Granite Park

Inyo National Forest

Cliff Lake

Sierra National Forest

Waterwheel Falls

Yosemite National Park

Glen Alpine Loop

Desolation Wilderness

Red Peak Pass Loop

Yosemite National Park

Tyee Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Upper Pine Lake

Inyo National Forest

Elba Lake

Inyo National Forest

Hockett Meadow via Garfield Grove

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Schmidell Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Sapphire Lake

Trinity Alps Wilderness

Treasure Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Red Lake

Inyo National Forest

Gable Lakes

Inyo National Forest

Steelhead Lake

Inyo National Forest

Young Lakes via Glen Aulin Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Taboose Pass

Inyo National Forest

Mt. Lyell

Yosemite National Park

Pioneer Basin Lakes via Mono Pass

Inyo National Forest

Lake Lois

Desolation Wilderness

Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp

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Yosemite National Park

Shepherd Pass

Inyo National Forest

Mt. Whitney Mountaineer’s Route

Inyo National Forest

Parker Lake

Inyo National Forest

Scorpion Anchorage to Prisoner’s Harbor

Channel Islands National Park

North Lake to South Lake Loop

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Inyo National Forest

Baker Lake

Inyo National Forest

Half Moon Lake

Desolation Wilderness

Trans-Catalina Trail

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Catalina Island Conservancy

Clouds Rest via Little Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park

Ladybug Camp

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Buckeye, Cruikshank, Salmon Creek Trail Loop

Silver Peak Wilderness