Horseback Riding Trails in California

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  • Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 paved trail features many parks in Orange County, with plenty of rest areas and kiosks ...
  • 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 west 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 ...
  • Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

    Rail-Trail

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

    The longest, and arguably most scenic, rail-trail in California, 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Compton Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Compton Creek Bike Path crosses the city of Compton along the east bank of Compton Creek, providing precious open space access to the urban neighborhoods along the way. Compton Creek itself is a tributary to the Los Angeles River and is ...
  • 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 Reservoir Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Note: Crystal Springs Dam crossing is closed for reconstruction. Access is from the north via the Black Mountain/Hayne Exit off I-280, west to "T" intersection, turn left (south) on the frontage road, approximately 1 mile to park. The Crystal ...
  • DeAnza Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 22 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    Jaun Batista DeAnza discovered as an inland route from Mexico to California's coast across the desert. The first non-native child born in California on the trail December 25th, 1775. Used by stagecoach, cattle ranchers, gold seekers, pioneers ...
  • Dry Creek Parkway - Cherry Island and Roseville Segments

    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 Bike Trail (Duarte Multipurpose Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Duarte Bike Trail (a.k.a. Duarte Multipurpose Path) is made up of paved and parallel dirt trails. Connecting a park, a school and a hospital, it is a wonderful example of a recreation path, transportation corridor and safe route to school. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Griffith Park

    State: CA
    Length: 53 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    Los Angeles' Griffith Park has more than 4,107 acres of preserved natural land for recreating, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park is located in the eastern Santa Monica Mountain amid a landscape of semiarid chaparral foothills ...
  • 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, Gravel

    The Hicks Canyon Trail is a short but scenic 2.28 mile blacktop trail along the landscaped Hicks Canyon Wash. It starts at the Peters Canyon Wash Trail near Hicks Canyon Community Park and climbs up the wash to end on Portola Parkway just west ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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: 7.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail, a 7.65-mile linear park, parallels St. Mary's Road through Lafayette and Moraga. It is intended for hiking, bicycling, and equestrian use. Coursing through the Moraga Valley, connecting Las Trampas Ridge ...
  • Larkspur and Corte Madera Creek Paths

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    From the banks of estuarine Corte Madera Creek to the tangled undergrowth that has wrapped itself around the long-unused Alto Tunnel, the Larkspur-Corte Madera rail-trail runs through a lovely slice of Marin County that illustrates why the area ...
  • Lewis S. Eaton Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Lewis S. Eaton Trail is the backbone of the growing trail network along the 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway. The main trail has 5 paved miles and is ADA accessible, spur trails are natural surface. Enjoys views of the Sierra Nevada and ...
  • Long Beach Greenbelt (Pacific Electric Right of Way)

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Long Beach Greenbelt is also known as the Pacific Electric Right-of-Way, a narrow strip of dirt trail running between N. Loma Avenue at E. 11th Street and Park Avenue at E. 4th Street. The 1-mile trail cuts a diagonal path through open space ...
  • Mammoth Rock Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Mammoth Rock Trail runs from Old Mammoth Road to Sherwin Creek Road on the southern side of Mammoth Lakes. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Merced River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    This is an ungroomed, mostly dirt trail that follows the unshaded banks of the Merced River. Ideal for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking, the trail provides many stunning overlooks and great natural scenery. Following the old Yosemite ...
  • 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 E. Bates Road. The paved trail is a great non-motorized alternative for residents ...
  • Modoc Line

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 86 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, 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 ...
  • 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 in Tilden Regional Park follows 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 was decommissioned in the 1970s. ...
  • Ojai Valley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Woodchips

    A favorite among rail-trail enthusiasts, the Ojai Valley Trail extends about 9.5 miles north of Ventura from Foster Park in Oak View to the southwestern outskirts of Ojai. Combining this trail with the Ventura River Trail, which extends southward ...
  • 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 cicular loop through Shollenberger wetland park and a one mile trail that links the park to Petaulma Marina. A nice ...
  • Reedley Rail Trail Community Parkway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Reedley Community Parkway is a multi-use trail for cyclists, pedestrians, inline skaters and other non-motorized uses. The 2.6-mile path largely traverses Reedley's industrial part of town; on the southeast end, however, you do encounter ...
  • Sacramento River Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 11.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Tucked away in Northern California's Shasta County is the charming town of Redding. Over the years the Bureau of Land Management, with many partners, has worked diligently to develop one of the premier trail destinations in the West. The 30-mile ...
  • Salt Creek Trail (CA)

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

    The Salt Creek Trail is an approximately 12 ft wide multipurpose trail in both concrete and blacktop with a center stripe plus an equestrian trail in places. It has more arms than an octopus. There are two sections and several branches. This ...
  • San Francisco Bay Trail (Carquinez Strait, Vallejo, Napa River)

    State: CA
    Length: 24 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Carquinez Straight & Vallejo section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) is 20 miles in Vallejo, Benicia, Crockett and Martinez. Trails start on the eastern side of Mare Island Strait, and various trails run around Carquinez Strait. There ...
  • San Francisco Bay Trail (Petaluma River to Sonoma Marsh)

    State: CA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Petaluma River to Sonoma Marsh section of the San Francisco Bay Trail (SFBT) comprises short but scenic trails. One segment begins at the Petaluma River and follows along Port Sonoma Marina. You can connect to the Sonoma Baylands Tidal Marsh ...
  • Santa Ana River Trail (Orange County)

    State: CA
    Length: 30 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santa Ana River trail is a 12-foot wide path following the cement-lined Santa Ana River. The trail runs between SR 1/E. Pacific Coast Highway at Huntington Beach and SR 71/Corona Freeway just northwest of Corona. The popular trails links ...
  • Santa Ana River Trail (San Bernardino)

    State: CA
    Length: 20 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santa Ana River trail is a 12-foot wide path following the cement-lined Santa Ana River. The San Bernardino portion of the trail runs between Arlington Avenue, where Norco and Riverside meet, and Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino. The trail ...
  • Shady Canyon Trail Loop

    State: CA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    You have choices. You can ride the Shady Canyon Trail starting at Quail Hill Trailhead. In 4.05 miles you will reach the far end at an intersection and wonder "What next? You can ride the Shady Canyon Trail plus Loop and return to Quail Hill ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sycamore Canyon Loop

    State: CA
    Length: 25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Great Multi-Level Trail. From Beginner to Advanced. Several small creek crossings. Starts on the Beach and climbs canyon with trails to ocean views
  • Truckee River Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The popular Truckee River Bike Trail is an ideal rail-trail in many ways. Its smooth, flat surface provides all types of users with a scenic easy-to-negotiate route from Tahoe City to Squaw Valley. It connects to other paths for users who want ...
  • 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 Irvine Trail/Peters Canyon Bikeway

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

    To the rider, the West Irvine Trail and the Peters Canyon Bikeway are one continuous trail with two names in two cities. Both are dual track trails with a blacktop lane for bikes and a decomposed granite track for the joggers and equestrians. Together, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Yorba Linda Recreational Trails

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

    A Class I Recreational Trail, with parallel equestrian path, mostly built along an old El Cajon irrigation canal, goes above Philips Paxton Equestrian Center , weaving through the back yards in interesting horse country, a big succulent garden, ...