Horseback Riding Trails in California

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  • Alameda Creek Regional Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Alameda Creek Regional Trail runs from the mouth of Niles Canyon in Fremont to the San Francisco Bay, allowing recreational access to the levees on both sides of Alameda Creek and its flood control channel. The trail on each side of the ...
  • Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Sand

    The Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail passes through the heart of Mission Viejo from South Laguna to Rancho Santa Margarita along an 18.5-mile corridor. The trail features many parks in Orange County, with plenty of rest areas and kiosks providing ...
  • Amargosa River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Amargosa River Trail follows the course of the river canyon of the same name, between China Ranch and the small community of Tecopah. Part of the route follows the abandoned corridor of the historic Tonopah and Tidewater ("T&T") Railroad, ...
  • American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)

    State: CA
    Length: 32 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The American River Bike Trail (a.k.a. the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in ...
  • Atascadero Creek Trail (Obern Trail)

    State: CA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Atascadero Creek Bike Path travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path (a.k.a. Obern Trail) is a popular commuter and recreation trail. Small wildlife ...
  • Baquiano Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.97 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Baquiano Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. The trail climbs 550 feet from a junction with two hiking trails in the west to the multiuse Sweeney Ridge Trail at the ...
  • Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 25.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River Canyon, passing numerous historic sites such as ...
  • Bud Turner Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.84 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    Experience the easy life of the West Coast on Orange County's Bud Turner Trail. Set in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Fullerton, the trail is ideal for all types of trail use and uniquely caters to equestrian use. The trail connects to ...
  • Contra Costa Canal Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 13.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Contra Costa Canal Trail forms a horseshoe shape route, traversing through the urban and neighborhood landscape of Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord. The trail follows the canal of the same name, passing through several parks ...
  • Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

    State: CA
    Length: 22.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    For most of its length, the scenic Coyote Creek Trail meanders along its namesake creek south of the city of San Jose. South of Metcalf Road, an equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. A smaller northern section (2.3 miles) near Milpitas ...
  • Crystal Springs Regional Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 16.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Crystal Springs Regional Trail is a developing network made up of three distinct portions: the San Andreas segment, Sawyer Camp segment and Crystal Springs segment. The two northern segments are wide, flat, paved trails winding around the ...
  • Devil's Slide Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This innovative road-to-trail project opened for public use in March 2014. The trail, which features stunning Pacific Ocean views, makes use of a former portion of California's State Route 1, which was rerouted here through a pair of tunnels. ...
  • Dry Creek Parkway

    State: CA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Dry Creek Parkway is an enjoyable cycling and walking corridor through northern Sacramento County and southern Placer County that includes trails, parks and open space along Dry Creek. Currently, two segments are completed, and future plans ...
  • Duarte Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Duarte Recreational Trail is made up of paved and parallel dirt trails. Located in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Duarte is named for Andres Duarte, a Mexican soldier who was granted the land in the 1840s while the area was still ...
  • El Cajon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Yorba Linda's El Cajon Trail courses through the city on a former irrigation canal that was abandoned and filled in after a flood made it impractical to use. Paved with a parallel equestrian and jogging path for its entire length (with the exception ...
  • El Dorado Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 35.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    Passing through California’s historic Gold Rush country, the El Dorado Trail runs more than 35 miles from Camino west to the line between El Dorado and Sacramento counties, just south of Folsom. It follows two former rail lines, the Southern ...
  • Elk Grove Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Elk Grove Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments along its namesake waterway in the cities of Elk Grove and Sacramento. Both portions offer a smooth paved surface and scenic views of the adjacent creek. The southern segment ...
  • Great Shasta Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 37 miles
    Surface: Cinder

    Nearly half of the proposed 80-mile Great Shasta Rail Trail opened September 2015. The rail-trail meanders through Northern California’s small towns and the natural beauty of the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity National Forests in the shadow of Mount ...
  • Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail is part of the Amargosa River Natural Area, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The gravel trail follows an easy, flat route along the abandoned corridor of the historic Tonopah and Tidewater ...
  • Hammond Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Undulating along the Northern California coastline, the 5.5-mile Hammond Trail provides adventure, history and beautiful vistas. Constructed along a portion of the abandoned Little River and Hammond Railroad properties, the railroad line once ...
  • Hicks Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Hicks Canyon Trail is a short but scenic blacktop trail along the landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. It starts at the Peters Canyon Trail near Hicks Canyon Community Park and climbs up the wash to end on Portola Parkway just northwest of Jeffrey ...
  • Hornbeck Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Hornbeck Trail is one of several single-track dirt trails open on the east side of Keswick Reservoir in Shasta County. The trail follows the former route of the Quartz Hill Railway, which once hauled quartz along the narrow-gauge line to ...
  • Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 13.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Humbug-Willow Creek Trail is really a collection of multi-use trails in the city of Folsom, about 32 miles' worth, and more are planned. The trails snake throughout the city, between Folsom Lake in the north and Alder Creek in the south ...
  • Joe Rodota Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Joe Rodota Trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sebastopol until it was abandoned in 1984. Seamlessly linked with the West County Regional ...
  • Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    The Juanita Cooke Greenbelt is a wonderful escape from the often-busy streets and highways of Orange County. This 2.5-mile trail in Fullerton connects some of the area's quiet neighborhoods with the downtown area, making it a great commuter ...
  • Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.65 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail links its two namesake communities via a former logging railroad corridor that largely parallels St. Mary's Road. Uniquely, mules hauled lumber on the corridor before tracks for steam trains were installed. Winding ...
  • Lewis S. Eaton Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lewis S. Eaton Trail is the backbone of the growing trail network central to the planned 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway. The main trail currently offers more than 5 paved miles through Woodward Park and beyond, presenting views of the ...
  • Merced River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 13.1 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Merced River Trail is an ungroomed, mostly dirt trail that follows the unshaded banks of the Merced River within the Merced River Recreation Area. Ideal for horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking, the trail offers many stunning overlooks ...
  • Mid-Town Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mid-Town Trail connects numerous neighborhoods in the community of McKinleyville on California's north coast. Morris Elementary School is also nearby from Bates Road. The paved trail is a great non-motorized alternative for residents ...
  • Modoc Line Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 86 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

    The Modoc Line runs 86 miles between Wendel in the south and McArthur Siding in the north (just south of Alturas). The most scenic sections are between Likely and Madeline and Snowstorm Canyon. The trail is largely on public lands managed by ...
  • Mori Ridge Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.17 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Mori Ridge Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. The natural surface path runs from a junction with both the Sweeney Ridge Trail and Notch Trail (hiking only) in the ...
  • Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Mount Lowe Railway was created as a scenic tourist line to bring visitors to see Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The railway opened in 1893 and stopped services in 1938. Interestingly, the railway was the only scenic mountain electric traction ...
  • Nimitz Way

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Nimitz Way links Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park via the ridge between Wildcat Creek and the San Pablo Reservoir on the northern outskirts of Berkeley. The paved 4-mile trail utilizes an access road to a missile base that ...
  • Ojai Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    A favorite among rail-trail enthusiasts, the Ojai Valley Trail extends about 9.5 miles north of Ventura from Foster Park to the heart of Ojai. Combining this trail with the Ventura River Trail, which extends southward from Foster Park, makes ...
  • Old Railroad Grade

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    As it winds up to the eastern peak of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, this picturesque trail offers an exhilarating combination of far-reaching views, history and challenge. The trail follows the route originally carved out for the Mt. Tamalpais ...
  • Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail is a great commuter and recreation trail in western San Bernadino valley, with expansive views and connections to community centers and parks. The trail follows the old Pacific Electric Railway, which ...
  • Petaluma Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Petaluma Trails consist of 5 trails, each one through a unique and scenic part of historic Petaluma. There is a two-mile circular loop through Shollenberger Park and a one-mile trail that links the park to Petaluma Marina. A nice paved path ...
  • Peters Canyon Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths feature a blacktop lane for cyclists and a decomposed ...
  • Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 5.38 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area provides users with a wide variety of recreational activities. In addition to its several miles of biking, walking and equestrian paths, the park also features boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking ...
  • Rincon Bike Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Rincon Bike Trail offers both beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Channel and an important alternative to US 101 for bicyclists. The trail begins at Carpinteria State Beach's Rincon Point and Rincon County Beach Park, a popular surfing ...
  • Sacramento Northern Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Follow the Sacramento Northern Bikeway for a tour of Sacramento and its surrounding communities, weaving through historic neighborhoods and parks and finishing in a scenic rural area. The paved trail also connects with a number of other local ...
  • Salt Creek Trail (CA)

    State: CA
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    The Salt Creek Trail, with more arms than an octopus, offers a variety of experiences for trail users of all types in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. Featuring two sections, several branches and a mix of surfaces, the trail winds throughout the ...
  • San Juan Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Juan Creek Trail starts where the creek meets the Pacific Ocean at Doheny State Beach in scenic Dana Point. From there, it runs on the levee along the western bank of San Juan Creek to its confluence with Trabuco Creek at Descanso Park ...
  • Santa Ana River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 50.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santa Ana River Trail is a 12-foot wide path following the Santa Ana River, a waterway that is cement-lined through much of Orange County but free flowing in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The popular trail, currently open in two ...
  • Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail is a 3-mile paved trail that serves as both a recreational amenity and an active transportation alternative for locals looking to get to nearby locations without driving. Such locations include The Promenade In ...
  • Sir Francis Drake Bikeway (Cross Marin Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The spectacular Sir Francis Drake Bikeway (also known as the Cross Marin Trail) sits on the recycled roadbed of the former North Pacific Coast Railroad, which used to run from Larkspur to Cazadero. This family-friendly rail-trail provides a ...
  • Sneath Lane Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.68 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Sneath Lane Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. From a trailhead in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, the paved path ascends to the top of the ridge, gaining ...
  • Sugar Pine Railway - Strawberry Branch

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.04 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    For more than 50 years in the early 1900s, the Sugar Pine Railway operated steam trains to haul logs along the Stanislaus River for the Standard Lumber Company and later the Pickering Lumber Company. Today this wooded corridor hosts a gentle ...
  • Sweeney Ridge Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.17 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Sweeney Ridge Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. Inaccessible by automobile, the trail must be reached by any of its connecting trails: Sneath Lane Trail, Baquiano ...
  • Tulare Santa Fe Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Tulare Santa Fe Trail is located in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agriculture areas in the world. The trail extends east to west across the central portion of the town of Tulare, connecting residential ...
  • West County Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The West County Regional Trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sebastopol until it was abandoned in 1984. Seamlessly linked with the Joe Rodota ...
  • West Irvine Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    To the trail user, the West Irvine Trail and Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in three cities. The northern component of the Peters Canyon Regional Trail, both paths feature a blacktop lane for cyclists and a decomposed ...
  • West Side Rails (Hull Creek to Clavey River)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    If you're looking for quiet solidarity amid the beautiful, rugged scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this trail is for you. The Hull Creek segment of the West Side Railway line is certainly off the beaten path, and it's quite possible you'll ...
  • Western States Pioneer Express Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 55 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    The Western States Pioneer Trail runs for 55 miles between East Folsom Lake and Auburn at Squaw Pass. The trail, open to hikers and horseback riders only, follows the winding course of the American River along the old railroad grade built by ...