Walking Trails in California

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  • 203 South Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 203 South Trail parallels Route 203 on the Southern side, from Sierra Park Rd to Commerce Dr. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Al Tahoe Bike Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Al Tahoe Bike Trail is a paved sidepath along Al Tahoe Boulevard in the scenic resort community of South Lake Tahoe, California. The trail runs between the road and dense pine forest for its entire route. The path twice connects to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Alamo Creek Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Alamo Creek Bikeway is a shaded path along Alamo Creek in Vacaville. The trail connects residents with several parks, including Nelson Park, Patwin Park and Beelard Park. The trail is not just popular with people: various forms of wildlife, ...
  • Albertson Parkway

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Albertson Parkway is located in South San Jose, just steps away from the sprawling Santa Teresa County Park, which features preserved land and unpaved trails in the rolling Santa Teresa Hills. The short paved trail opened for use in 2009, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Alton Avenue Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Alton Avenue Bike Trail runs adjacent to both Alton Avenue and an active railroad line through Santa Ana. The path primarily serves the recreational and commuting needs of local residents, including students at Segerstrom High School and ...
  • Alum Rock Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    Nestled between Alum Rock Canyon and the Mt. Diablo foothills, Alum Rock Park west of San Jose is California's oldest city park. From the early to mid-1900s it was a popular resort and spa, complete with an indoor swimming pool, mineral baths ...
  • 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 ...
  • Aquatic Park Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Aquatic Park Trail travels along a hairpin-shaped route through Aquatic Park and around a small lake narrowly separated from the San Francisco Bay. The trail runs parallel to, and across Interstate 580 from, the growing San Francisco Bay ...
  • Arroyo Mocho Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 12.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Arroyo Mocho Trail is a part of a network of multi-use trails in Livermore and which also links with the city of Pleasanton. The trail provides access to neighborhoods, schools, numerous parks, the business district and municipal facilities. ...
  • Arroyo Seco Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Arroyo Seco Bike Path runs about 2 miles between South Pasadena and northeast Los Angeles, offering views of the LA skyline and the distant mountains. It begins south of Pasadena Avenue and travels southwest along its namesake stream for ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ballona Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Ballona Creek Bike Path follows the channelized Ballona Creek for 7 miles, from Syd Kronenthal Park in east Culver City (National Boulevard) to the Pacific Ocean, where it connects with the Santa Monica Beach and South Bay Bike Path. Along ...
  • Bannon Creek Parkway

    State: CA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The popular Bannon Creek Parkway runs through Jefferson Park and Bannon Creek Park, utilizing a scenic greenbelt throughout most of its length. South Natomas residents can use the trail and Natomas Park Drive for direct access to the American ...
  • Barberry Walkway

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Barberry Walkway runs parallel to Barberry Lane between Corda Drive near Meadowfair Park and Dina Lane. There are plans to extend the walkway along the outskirts of the park to Quimby Road.
  • Bayshore Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 17.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Coastal rail-trail experiences don't get much better than this—a long, smooth, palm-tree-lined trail with stunning views of the Pacific, San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline, plus easy access to parks, tot play areas and chic cafes. Before ...
  • Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail runs parallel to Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast, offering a safe alternative for commuters in Sand City, Seaside and Marina, and for students attending the California State University of Monterey Bay (CSUMB). ...
  • Bear Creek Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bear Creek Bikeway parallels scenic Bear Creek just north of downtown Merced. The path grants access to the zoo at Applegate Park and amenities located within the park. On the trail's western end, a short rail-with-trail stretch connects ...
  • Bellflower Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bellflower Bike Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the right-of-way of the old Pacific Electric transit system—also known as the Red Cars—across Bellflower. At its zenith in the 1920s, Pacific Electric was the largest electric railway system ...
  • 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 ...
  • Black Diamond Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    The Black Diamond Railroad Trail is within the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, a splendid place to visit with a fascinating and unique history. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, the region was the site of the largest coal mining operation ...
  • Black Rascal Creek Bikeway

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

    The Black Rascal Creek Bikeway follows the course of the small waterway through residential neighborhoods on the north side of Merced. The trail provides access to the Merced Mall and Black Rascal Creek Park, where amenities such as drinking ...
  • Blue Gravel Mine Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Blue Gravel Mine Trail Parallels Buenaventura Blvd. between Canyon Creek Rd. & Placer St. 1¾ mile one way, plus ½ mile extension along Canyon Creek and ¼ mile extension to Teton Dr. Drinking fountain available, but no restrooms Bikes allowed Dogs ...
  • Bob Jones City to the Sea Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Avila Beach section of the 2-segment "Bob Jones" City to the Sea Trail is a short but delightful ride down to the ocean along San Luis Obispo Creek. Starting at the Ontario Road park-and-ride lot, the trail traverses a rocky hillside covered ...
  • Bol Park Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bol Park Bike Path is a charmer that threads through a peaceful neighborhood in the hills south of San Francisco. At its heart is Bol Park, a strip of playground and lawn laid alongside Matadero Creek. DIFFICULTY: Easy FOOD: No food ...
  • Bon Air Road Sidepath

    State: CA
    Length: 1.03 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Bon Air Road Sidepath, as its name suggests, closely follows Bon Air Road in scenic Larkspur and Kentfield. The main trail begins at a junction with the Creekside Loop at Magnolia Avenue and runs north to Marin Catholic High School (just ...
  • Bonita Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Bonita Canyon Trail is a sidepath along Culver Drive and Bonita Canyon Drive linking the Orange County cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. Near the trail's midpoint, pick up the Shady Canyon Trail to head northeast to the scenic Quail Hill ...
  • Browns Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Browns Creek Bike Path is a paved trail that travels through the far northwestern Los Angeles neighborhood of Chatsworth. Running for nearly 1.5 miles, the path links Sierra Canyon School's Lower Campus in the north with Chatsworth's Amtrak ...
  • Browns Valley Road Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Browns Valley Road Trail is an excellent commuter trail that parallels its namesake road from Vaca Valley Parkway to Brown Street in Vacaville.
  • Brush Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Like many trails in Santa Rosa, the Brush Creek Trail follow the path of a local waterway. Beginning at its conversion with the larger Santa Rosa Creek, the Bush Creek Trail meanders northward. With its western side paved and its eastern side ...
  • 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 ...
  • Cal Park Hill Tunnel

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The trail through the Cal Park Hill Tunnel offers a quick, smooth ride through the hill that separates San Rafael from the ferry terminal in Larkspur and southern Marin County. As part of the 70-mile SMART Pathway, the trail will share the tunnel ...
  • Calaveras River Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 6.71 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Coursing alongside one of Stockton's levees, the Calaveras River Bike Trail services many neighborhoods and provides access to many amenities in the San Joaquin Valley city. The east–west corridor connects many educational institutions, including ...
  • Calero Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Calero Creek Trail runs between Singer Park and Santa Teresa County Park. The trail is paved between Los Alamitos Creek and Harry Road (0.7 mile) and has a gravel surface between Harry Road and the Stile Ranch Trail (1.2 miles) at Santa ...
  • Castaways Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.02 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short Castaways Trail has expansive views of the mountains, ocean, Upper Newport Bay and Newport Harbor. Much of the 1-mile path runs along the bluffs in Castaways Park and the trail offers several overlooks to take in the scenery. Both ...
  • Centennial Way Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.85 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Centennial Way Trail follows the path of the BART line between San Bruno station and South San Francisco station. The BART, of course, runs underground while the trail doesn't. The 10-foot-wide trail is paved with asphalt and has 2-foot ...
  • Chandler Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Chandler Bikeway is a jewel tucked nicely into a Burbank neighborhood. The bikeway begins as a well-maintained corridor that runs in the median between lanes of traffic on Chandler Boulevard. Like the popular Orange Line Bike Path to the ...
  • Charles F. McGlashan Pathway

    State: CA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk

    The San Francisco Bay area's Charles F. McGlashan Pathway was once known as the Tennessee Valley Pathway, but was renamed to honor a former Marin County Supervisor and a passionate active transportation advocate. The trail was developed as part ...
  • Chico Airport Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This linear trail through the northern sections of bike-friendly Chico runs on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail marks the northernmost stretch of the former railroad, which once ran commuter service from Chico ...
  • Chico State Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chico State Bike Path, also known as the Railroad Bike Path, runs between CSU campus at Cherry Street and W. Lindo Avenue, paralleling an active rail line for most of the way. The trail is popular with students, providing an alternative ...
  • Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    The Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento runs between Jefferson Boulevard at S. River Road and Gregory Avenue where S. River Road loops around and returns. The surface is crushed concrete but plans are to pave the northern segment ...
  • Cloister Walk

    State: CA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Cloister Walk offers just over 2 miles of paved pathway along the northwestern coast of Morro Bay. You'll enjoy views of the ocean and sandy dunes, which you can access at many points along the way. Start at Azure Street and travel south ...
  • Clover Creek Preserve Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved bike trails on either side of Clover Creek are part of a larger loop around a retention pond at the southern end of the greenway preserve. In addition to the paved bicycle loop there are gravel jogging and hiking trails throughout ...
  • Clovis Old Town Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Community support has been integral to the creation of the Clovis Old Town Trail and Sugar Pine Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Clovis and Fresno. Joggers, cyclists, businesses and multiple environmental organizations ...
  • Coastal Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Coastal Rail Trail will one day run 44 miles from Oceanside to San Diego along the Coaster commuter rail. Today, short sections of the trail are coming together, with four disconnected stretches in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Solana Beach currently ...
  • College Trail and Chateau Road Connector

    State: CA
    Length: 0.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The College Trail and Chateau Road Connector runs along Mammoth Creek Road to Sierra Park Rd. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Colton Rail-trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    This urban trail travels along the side of North Colton Avenue and South Inland Center Drive, connecting San Bernadino and Colton. The corridor is an abandoned Southern Pacific rail line and will eventually help residents access the Santa Ana ...
  • Compton Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Compton Creek Bike Path crosses Compton along the east bank of its namesake creek, offering access to precious open space for the urban neighborhoods along the way. Compton Creek itself is a tributary of the Los Angeles River, and the majority ...
  • 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 ...
  • Corte Madera Creek Path

    State: CA
    Length: 3.52 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk

    The Corte Madera Creek Path is open in two disconnected segments that can be linked via a bike ride on low-stress S. Eliseo Drive or a walk or run on its sidewalk. Both sections closely follow the eponymous creek, offering trail users ceaseless—yet ...
  • Coyote Creek Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 12 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Running through large Los Angeles suburbs in both Los Angeles County and Orange County, the Coyote Creek Bikeway follows the channelized bank of the creek through residential and industrial neighborhoods. A good commuting or recreational option, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Creekside Loop

    State: CA
    Length: 1.01 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Creekside Loop offers a scenic, albeit short, route around Larkspur's Creekside neighborhood. Half of the trail follows Magnolia Avenue—where it is appropriately also known as the Magnolia Avenue Pathway—while the more scenic stretch winds ...
  • Crocker Park Recreational Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone

    The Crocker Park Recreational Trail loops around Crocker Park businesses in the town of Brisbane. The 2.5-mile, gravel trail begins and ends on Park Lane across from the dog park, although you can pick up the trail at any place where it crosses ...
  • 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 ...
  • Culver Boulevard Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Culver Boulevard Bike Path is a short rail-trail located in a nicely landscaped median park in Culver City and Los Angeles. The trail was built on a former Pacific Electric interurban line—commonly known as the Red Cars after the trolley ...
  • Dana Point Headlands Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Dirt

    Want an enjoyable loop hike through a new preserve and three parks with stunning ocean views throughout? Check out the trail system in the Dana Point Headlands, a scenic coastal area in Orange County. The system is a mix of natural-surface ...
  • Delta de Anza Regional Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 15 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Delta de Anza Regional Trail is 15 miles long, running between Willow Pass Road at Route 4 near Concord and Main Street (Rt. 4) at E. Cypress Road in Oakley. The eastern end in Oakley intersects Marsh Creek Trail. The trail also intersects ...
  • 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. ...
  • Donner Pass Transcontinental Railroad Tunnels Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel

    A unique experience, this trail takes you through several abandoned railroad tunnels along route of the old transcontinental railroad. Following the most challenging terrain in the race to build the transcontinental railroad through the Sierras, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Dry Creek Trail (Clovis)

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Dry Creek Trail is a mostly level, shady trail that follows its namesake creek in Clovis. The western trailhead connects with the Clovis Old Town Trail and has a small parking lot. The trail travels east and north, passing along Cottonwood ...
  • Dry Creek Trail (Modesto)

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Dry Creek Trail begins near downtown Modesto and meanders east through a series of neighborhood parks along Dry Creek. The pathway features a couple of footbridges and roadway underpasses and is well-used by locals; you will usually ...
  • 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 ...
  • Eagle Lake Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and travels just over 5 miles from Christie Campground ...
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District Right-of-Way

    State: CA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The East Bay Municipal Utility District Right-of-Way, as its name suggests, is a trail open on a utility corridor in Stockton, although that city is generally considered to be outside the informal boundaries of the East Bay. The trail spans ...
  • East Davis Greenways

    State: CA
    Length: 13 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt, Gravel

    The college town of Davis is famous for bikability, due in part to the network of neighborhood greenways planned into the community as it grew. This series of bike paths crisscross the eastern part of Davis and links up with the popular South ...
  • 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 ...
  • Electric Avenue Median Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    If you believe the setting makes the trail, you won't quibble with the brevity of the path through Seal Beach's Electric Avenue Median Park. Ensconced in a beautifully maintained linear park, the rail-trail offers easy access to a spectacular ...
  • Escondido Creek Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This paved trail along Escondido Creek can help residents commute to the Escondido Transit Center or to local services, as well as providing a pleasant opportunity for recreation. The trail connects to the Inland Rail Trail at the Transit Center, ...
  • Evergreen Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Gravel

    The Evergreen Creek Trail follows its namesake creek between San Felipe Road and Yerba Buena Road. To the north of the gravel trail is suburbia (with a row of trees separating the trail from the houses; to the south is open space, a.k.a. Montgomery ...
  • Fairfield Linear Park

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Running from Solano Community College on the southwest edge of town and into the town of Fairfield, the Fairfield Linear Park Path provides convenient bike access to the action on campus and in the city center. Once leaving the college, the ...
  • Fay Avenue Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    Make sure you bring your camera for this trail. The Fay Avenue Bike Path runs through the upscale seaside resort community of La Jolla, and opens up to the sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean, abundant palm trees and terra cotta rooftops that ...
  • Fillmore Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Fillmore Bike Path consists of two distinct but connected trails, each offering its own unique experience for trail users. Both portions are paved and well-maintained, making the entirety of the Fillmore Bike Path a useful recreation and ...
  • Folsom Parkway Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Folsom Parkway Rail Trail extends from historic downtown Folsom to a connection with the Lake Natoma Trail north of US 50. The trail provides a direct connection to three light rail stations—Historic Folsom, Glenn and Iron Point—and two ...
  • Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail provides a useful connection from southeast Sacramento County to the American River Bike Trail. The canal was constructed in the 1970s as part of the Central Valley Project and is operated by the federal ...
  • Foss Creek Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Foss Creek Pathway offers a short, pleasant route through the small town of Healdsburg and is lined with public art and landscaping. The trail follows the currently inactive Northwestern Pacific line, but plans are in place to use the tracks ...
  • Fountaingrove Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.96 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Riding alongside the busy Fountaingrove Parkway, this trail is physically separated from the road with a curb and row of trees/shrubs. Riding from the Redwood Highway (101) eastward along the Parkway, this trail provides direct access to Agilent ...
  • Freeway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Freeway Trail, as its name implies, parallels the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) on its brief route through Irvine. With power lines overhead and neighborhoods blocked by sound walls to the immediate north, the trail won't win any awards ...
  • French Camp Slough Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The French Camp Slough Trail, also known as the San Joaquin River Trail, parallels both waterways on levees in the southern reaches of Stockton. Near its midpoint, the trail connects to the Pacific Gas and Electric Greenbelt, offering deeper ...
  • Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach

    State: CA
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paths in Golden Gate Park and along Ocean Beach provide a retreat from urban San Francisco and an important part of the growing bike network. There are other paths that meander through the park and provide good walking loops. The trail passes ...
  • Goleta Beach Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Goleta Beach Trail is popular among students of the University of California, Santa Barbara, who use it to travel between campus and Goleta Beach Park. The trail follows the seashore from campus to the park; a side loop swings north across ...
  • Goshen Avenue Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Goshen Avenue Trail follows both W. Goshen Avenue and an active Union Pacific Railroad freight line between Goshen and Visalia, serving as a convenient connection between the two towns. Bordered by industrial uses and residential subdivisions, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Guadalupe River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 12.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Guadalupe River Trail is the spine of San Jose's growing trail network, running north-south through much of the city. Portions of the trail run along both banks of the Guadalupe River, with signs informing trail users where they must cross. ...
  • Half Moon Bay Coastside Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Half Moon Bay State Park's Coastside Trail runs parallel to the Pacific Coast along what used to be the Ocean Shore Railroad. The railroad itself was in operation for just 14 years before it was driven out of business in the early 1920s by the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Harvard Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Harvard Trail is a short sidepath along Harvard Avenue in Irvine. Beautifully landscaped, lit and featuring smooth concrete, the trail is a much more pleasant experience than your average roadside trail. In the north, connect to the Walnut ...
  • Hermosa Valley Greenbelt

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    In the hustle and bustle of the greater Los Angeles area, the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt provides a cool, peaceful escape that is just minutes from the beach. This 3.5-mile trail nestled in a greenway of lush vegetation and flowers seems almost ...
  • Hetch Hetchy Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hetch Hetchy Trail extends diagonally through the northwestern portion of Modesto on the wide right-of-way of its namesake water pipeline, which runs underground in Modesto. Operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the ...
  • 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 ...
  • High Canal Bridge Pathway

    State: CA
    Length: 1.46 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The bulk of the High Canal Bridge Pathway runs alongside its namesake waterway, offering scenic views and a sense of serenity in the middle of the ritzy Marin County communities of Larkspur and Corte Madera. While most of the trail is paved, ...
  • Highway 101 Path (Novato)

    State: CA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Highway 101 Path is a straight shot north coming from Marinwood and ending just outside of Hamilton at the entrance to the Loma Verde Preserve. Several bus stops are also nearby for those using the route as a means of a commuter connection ...
  • Highway 237 Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Highway 237 Bikeway parallels State Route 237 between McCarthy Boulevard in Milpitas and Calabazas Creek in Sunnyvale. The trail consists of two main segments: the first is between McCarthy Boulevard and Zanker Road (on either side of the ...
  • Highway 87 Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Highway 87 Bikeway follows State Route 87 between Willow Street in the north and Santa Teresa Boulevard at W. Valley Freeway (SR 85) in the south. Basically, the trail forms the missing link between the two segments of the Guadalupe River ...
  • Hikshari Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hikshari Trail winds through the Elk River Access Area in the northern California city of Eureka. As it follows the river, you'll enjoy views of the water, coastal willows and sand dunes. Many trailside benches are available to take it all ...
  • Hoover Bike and Walking Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Hoover Bike and Walking Trail is a utilitarian path adjacent to an active rail line in the western Orange County city of Westminster. Also paralleling Hoover Street for its entire distance, the trail primarily serves to whisk residents 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 ...
  • Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The scenic Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail runs along the Pacific Ocean waterfront of the most populous beach city in Orange County. Paved over its entire length and remarkably wide at some points, the trail is popular with a diverse range of ...
  • Inland Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Inland Rail Trail runs alongside the Sprinter light rail service connecting Escondido to Oceanside. The 6.5-mile section in Escondido and San Marcos is the first segment complete, with a 7-mile continuation through San Marcos and Vista currently ...
  • Iron Horse Regional Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 27.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The area surrounding the Iron Horse Regional Trail has an important history as part of the San Ramon Valley's agricultural and ranching past. Today, the Iron Horse Trail connects two counties and twelve cities. It runs through quiet residential ...
  • Isabel Avenue Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Isabel Avenue Trail runs north-south on the western boundary of Livermore in the eastern San Francisco Bay area's Tri-Valley region. As its name suggests, the path primarily serves neighborhoods adjacent to Isabel Avenue. The trail also ...
  • Jeffrey Open Space Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Irvine's Jeffrey Open Space Trail, currently open in three disconnected segments, has won awards for its landscaping and innovative design incorporating a series of intaglio panels in the concrete bed of the trail. The panels take you through ...
  • Joe's Trail at Saratoga De Anza

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Joe's Trail at Saratoga de Anza parallels the south side of the active railroad tracks that travel through a residential area of Saratoga, a California community just south of the San Francisco Bay. The trail is part of the Juan Bautista de ...
  • Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues Trail skirts the Folsom State Prison, which Cash sang about in his well-known 1955 song "Folsom Prison Blues." The trail—formerly known as the Folsom Lake Trail due to its position at the south end of the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kern River Parkway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 21.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Kern River Parkway Trail spans the east–west length of Bakersfield along the Kern River, a waterway that drains the Sierra Nevada range but is often dry by the time it reaches the inland city. Most of the lands on both sides of the river ...
  • 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 ...
  • Laguna Creek Parkway

    State: CA
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Laguna Creek Parkway contains a variety of paved and dirt trails along the flood control features of Laguna and Elk Grove Creeks. There are several segments of paths, with the longest unbroken section about 2.25 miles long. That segment ...
  • Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of Lake Almanor, winding through an evergreen ...
  • Lake Mary Road Bikepath

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lake Mary Road Bikepath runs from Minaret Road south to Twin Lakes Road on the Western side of Mammoth Lakes. There are plans to extend the path from Twin Lakes Road to the Lake George Parking lot. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes ...
  • Lake Merritt Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Oakland's Lake Merritt Trail closely follows the lake's shoreline for a pleasant, paved trip with beautiful views and connections to several parks and attractions right in the heart of the city. The lake, named after a former Oakland mayor from ...
  • Lake Natoma Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Although most area residents (and Google Maps) consider the Lake Natoma Trail part of the American River Bike Trail, it is a separate trail in its own right. The Lake Natoma Trail dips and dives over many small rises along the southeast side ...
  • Lake Tahoe Community College Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lake Tahoe Community College Bike Path winds through the school's scenic wooded campus in South Lake Tahoe, California. The college is removed from the resort town's crowded—albeit beautiful—lakeshore, but the area offers its own beauty, ...
  • Lands End Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Riding high on the cliffs at North America's western edge, this San Francisco-area trail offers unbeatable views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco Bay. Add to that a chance to see old shipwrecks, historical monuments, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lincoln Hill Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lincoln Hill Pathway provides an uninterupted alternative to busy Lincoln Avenue through an urban canyon type scenery between the soundwalls of Highway 101 and the SMART commuter rail project. The pathway has a moderate grade that tunnels ...
  • Linear Park (CA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Running through downtown San Diego, Linear Park is a vibrant, palm-lined ribbon that parallels an active trolley line along Harbor Drive. The trail provides direct access to many of the city's highlights, and its rich supply of public art, grassy ...
  • Lodestar Drive Connector

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Lodestar Drive Connector parallels Lodestar Drive from Majestic Pines Drive to Meridian Blvd. in Mammoth Lakes. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Loma Prieta Grade Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    This extremely scenic rail-trail is located in the majestic Forest of Nisene Marks State Park near Aptos, California. The park was the site of major logging operations by the Loma Prieta Lumber Company from 1883 until 1923. In the 1950s, Herman, ...
  • Los Alamitos Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Los Alamitos Creek Trail runs along its namesake creek between McKean Road and Almaden Lake Park, where the trail is also known as the Lake Almaden Trail. From its southern endpoint to Camden Avenue, where the trail meets the eastward-heading ...
  • Los Angeles River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 23.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Los Angeles River Trail—also known as the Los Angeles River Bike Path, Los Angeles River Bikeway, Los Angeles River Greenway Trail and Lario Trail—is open in two disconnected segments along its namesake waterway in Los Angeles County. ...
  • Los Banos Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Los Banos Rail Trail offers a 1-mile alternative to non-motorized travel through downtown Los Banos, paralleling H Street between Mecry Springs Road and 2nd Street. The trail occupies a disused rail right-of-way and includes exercise stations, ...
  • Los Gatos Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 11.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

    It is difficult to travel through suburban Santa Clara County for more than a few minutes without noticing an abundance of cyclists and runners in the area. If you are strolling to downtown Los Gatos, chances are that the biker whizzing by you ...
  • Lower Silver Creek Trail (North)

    State: CA
    Length: 1.05 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Lower Silver Creek Trail, North, runs in a nearly straight line between Ocala Avenue and Abed Court. Between Foxdale Drive and Logsden Way there's a short (about 0.25) on-street connection. There are plans to extend the trail south from Ocala ...
  • Lower Silver Creek Trail (Umbarger Walkway)

    State: CA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Lower Silver Creek Trail is also known as the Umbarger Walkway, which parallels Umbarger Road for just over a half mile between Plumas Drive and Tuers Road in a narrow strip of greenspace surrounded by suburbia.
  • Main Path

    State: CA
    Length: 0.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Main Path runs along Main Street/Route 203 from Sierra Blvd to the Frontage Road near the Motel 6. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Mammoth Creek Connector and Waterford Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mammoth Creek Connector and Waterford Trail runs from Waterford Ave. to Majestic Pines Dr. on the Western side of Mammoth Lakes. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Mammoth Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mammoth Creek Trail runs from Old Mammoth Road to Meridian Blvd. on the eastern side of Mammoth Lakes. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Mammoth Lakes Trail System

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

    The Mammoth Lakes Trail System is a system of recreational multi-use trails within the town of Mammoth Lakes. The system includes the 203 South Trail, the Shady Rest Trail, the Trails End Access Trail, the Mammoth Creek Trail, the College ...
  • 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.
  • Manteca Tidewater Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Manteca Tidewater Bikeway is a multiuse trail running north to south through the city of Manteca, California. The flat, asphalt corridor is up to 100 feet wide in places and is popular with bikers, inline skaters and walkers. There is also ...
  • Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved Maria Ygnacio Bike Path follows the creek of the same name, from the Atascadero Creek Trail near Patterson Avenue north to Pintura Drive at Ribera Drive. It also intersects the San Antonio Creek Trail at Matorral Way. The trail is ...
  • Marsh Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Marsh Creek Trail follows the sinuous course of Marsh Creek through the outskirts of suburbia and among the rich farmland of Contra Costa County. The 8.5-mile paved extends between Concord Road in Brentwood and Big Break Lake, where the trail ...
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade connects a number of sites along San Diego's waterfront. The walkway runs on the northern side of an active railroad corridor parallel to the Linear Park, which occupies the southern side of the tracks. Begin ...
  • Matadero Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Matadero Creek Trail offers beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains as it winds its way through gently rolling hills and rural countryside. The paved northern half of the trail, from Foothill Expressway to Deer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Middle Creek Trail (CA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Middle Creek Trail provides a gentle 2-mile climb along a former railroad bed from the river bottom up to its intersection with Iron Mountain Road. From there, the trail follows an old stage coach road and becomes steeper as it makes its way ...
  • Midway Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Travel through the orchards south of Chico on the Midway Bike Path, which runs toward Durham on the abandoned Sacramento Northern Railway right-of-way. The trail is one of the most popular and scenic in the college town's rapidly expanding trail ...
  • Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway is a convenient connection between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, restaurants, and both a skate and dog park. The short dirt section at the north end is just a minor neighborhood connection and can ...
  • Miller Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Miller Creek Trail is a short paved path that runs on Old Lucas Valley Rd alongside Miller Creek. Riders will travel on the outskirts of Jerry Russom Memorial Park through a naturally shaded area due to the abundance of trees. The trail ...
  • Miners Ravine Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Miners Ravine Trail winds its way through the city of Roseville, following the course of Miners Ravine and Dry Creek through a wooded greenway and among suburban neighborhoods and business districts, including Downtown Roseville. The trail ...
  • Mission Bay Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 16.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    A paved trail that loops almost completely around Mission Bay and Fiesta Island. It links Mission beach and the popular boardwalk with Ocean Beach to the south.The Trail runs through Mission Bay Park where bathrooms, parking, playgrounds and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (Monterey Bay Coastal Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 18 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail (a.k.a. the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail and Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail) offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour the city while enjoying ...
  • Montgomery Hill Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    The Montgomery Hill Trail is a short dirt trail traversing Montgomery Hill Park, an undeveloped green space in San Jose. The trail offers nice views of the surrounding area and links Yerba Buena Creek Trail with Evergreen Creek Trail.
  • Morro Bay Harborwalk

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Morro Bay Harborwalk has all the beauty you'd expect from a southern California trail: sparkling surf, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs in the distance. But the best sight is unique to the city: Morro Rock, a volcanic formation rising more ...
  • 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 ...
  • NWP Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.31 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The NWP Railroad Trail runs on an arrow-straight course through Larkspur and Corte Madera in ritzy Marin County. Its name is derived from the railroad that once made use of the corridor: the Northwestern Pacific Railroad whisked passengers on ...
  • Napa Valley Vine Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 11.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Napa Valley Vine Trail is a work in progress to connect Calistoga to the Vallejo ferry terminal, a distance of 47 miles. The trail will roughly parallel State Route 29, a popular wine route and the valley's main transportation corridor. ...
  • Natomas Westlake Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the Natomas Westlake Path runs along the shoreline of its namesake lake in the growing Natomas section of Sacramento. While the northern stretch of trail in grassy Egret Park is open to the public, ...
  • Natomas Westside Path

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The winding Natomas Westside Path provides a connection from Sacramento's growing North Natomas community to South Natomas and the American River Bike Trail, largely facilitated by the installation of a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Interstate ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ninos Parkway

    State: CA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The paved trail at the heart of the developing Ninos Parkway uses a utility corridor to connect Sacramento's Northgate neighborhood with city parks, schools and the American River Bike Trail. Plans are in the works for the full development of ...
  • North Davis Greenways

    State: CA
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The college town of Davis is renowned for its bikability and these neighborhood greenways that have been planned into the developments are a major reason why. This series of bike paths that crisscross the northwestern part of Davis connect schools, ...
  • North Natomas Park Network Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 8.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    A collection of neighborhood trails in Sacramento's North Natomas community offers convenient access to parks, schools and shopping centers for local residents and visitors. Most are well connected, and many travel through greenways and along ...
  • North Redondo Beach Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 0.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The North Redondo Beach Bikeway is a signed bike route that links Torrance to the Los Angeles Metro's Redondo Beach station (Green Line). Portions of the bikeway feature designated bike lanes, while others are shared low-stress streets with ...
  • Novato Boulevard Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Novato Boulevard Path is a multi-purpose bike path that can be used recreationally, as well as a commuter trail. With roughly a third of a mile travelling on the shoulder and a portion of Highway 101, it connects the south end of South Novato ...
  • Oak Parkway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Oak Parkway Trail covers just over 2 miles across Folsom, a suburb of Sacramento, providing an important connection between the eastern and western halves of the city. The tree-dotted pathway traverses gently rolling hills along a wide green ...
  • Oceanfront Boardwalk

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Oceanfront Boardwalk begins in West Newport Beach at the end of 36th Street and runs nearly 3 miles down the Balboa Peninsula. Along the way, trail-goers will find restaurants, dory fishermen, upscale beachfront housing, and views of ocean ...
  • Ohlone Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Named for the Ohlone Indians who once lived in the area, this trail doubles as a commuting corridor and a recreation destination for the cities of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito. While the Ohlone Greenway is certainly an urban trail, it weaves ...
  • Ohlone Loop Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Ohlone Loop Trail offers a birder's paradise in a wetland area of Watsonville on California's central coast. Its location, bordering a residential area, provides easy access for residents to experience the natural habitats of the Struve ...
  • 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 ...
  • Old US 40 Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This commuter route between Sacramento and Davis parallels the Union Pacific and Capitol Corridor rail line on the adjacent old US 40 right of way. From Davis, the separated path runs between the rail line and I80 to Road 105. From Road 105 ...
  • Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of the ocean and distant Channel Islands, as ...
  • Orange Cove Rails to Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Orange Cove Rails to Trails is a pleasant, albeit short, pathway that runs diagonally through the small city of Orange Cove. The trail passes through James O. Eaton Memorial Park and provides convenient access to the community's commercial area, ...
  • Orange Line Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

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

    The Orange Line Bike Path is an 18-mile rail-trail paralleling the Los Angeles Metro's Orange Line rapid busway in the northern neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Both the busway and the trail stretch from North Hollywood to Chatsworth along the ...
  • Pacific Electric Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    A neighborhood trail of the first order, the Pacific Electric Bike Trail links well-kept middle class neighborhoods on either side of tree-lined Maple Street near downtown Santa Ana. The trail runs on a portion of a former Pacific Electric interurban ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Greenbelt

    State: CA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Pacific Gas and Electric Greenbelt bisects Stockton's Weston Ranch neighborhood diagonally from French Camp Road to the San Joaquin River via an overhead electric utility corridor. The main trail ends on the opposite side of the French Camp ...
  • Pacific Grove Southern Pacific Railroad Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Woodchips

    The Southern Pacific Railroad Right of Way passes through residential neighborhoods on the west side of Pacific Grove, providing a nice walking and biking spot for residents and visiting tourists to the area. The trail is still owned by the ...
  • Paradise Memorial Trailway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Paradise, California, is a warm and inviting city with a small-town feel, and this trail offers visitors the perfect way to see it. You can start at either end; the course described here starts on the ...
  • Pat Lowe Memorial Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Pat Lowe Memorial Bike Path runs on both sides of State Route 89/US 50 in tiny Meyers, California. The paved trail provides access to several businesses along the highway. On the west side of the road, trail users can now seamlessly continue ...
  • Penitencia Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Penitencia Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through a suburban greenbelt in northeast San José. On the northeastern end, the trail passes by a series of percolation ponds, and you can take a side trip along dirt paths around them. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Peters Canyon Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Peters Canyon Trail, currently open in two disconnected segments, runs northeast from Bill Barber Community Park to Portola Parkway, with a small gap from Warner Avenue to an active rail line that can be bridged via a detour on the parallel ...
  • Pinedrop Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Pinedrop Trail is a paved link between the community of Kings Beach, located on the northern shore of Lake Tahoe, and North Tahoe Regional Park. The trail winds through a hilly landscape of pine forest. On the trail's western end, North ...
  • Pope-Baldwin Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 3.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Pope-Baldwin Bike Path is one of the most popular paved trails in the scenic Lake Tahoe area, as it winds through pine forest not far from the lakeshore. The trail parallels State Route 89 (Emerald Bay Road) for more than 3 miles, offering ...
  • Porterville Rails to Trails Parkway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Porterville Rails to Trails Parkway is a short converted right-of-way of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad through the town of Porterville. The arrow-straight trail runs between Walnut and Henderson Avenues near downtown and features benches, ...
  • Quail Hill Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Quail Hill Trail is a short path along Interstate 405 south of downtown Irvine. Forming a link between the University Trail and Jeffrey Open Space Trail in the west and the Shady Canyon Trail in the east, the trail is most valuable as a ...
  • 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 ...
  • Railroad Safety Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Open in two disconnected segments, the paved Railroad Safety Trail parallels active Union Pacific freight and Amtrak passenger lines through the heart of San Luis Obispo. Future plans call for the linking of the two segments, significantly increasing ...
  • Redwood Highway/San Clemente Drive Paths

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.21 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Redwood Highway/San Clemente Drive Paths combine to parallel their connecting roadways on the edge of Corte Madera. The combined trail is more scenic than your average sidepath: to the east, views of the marshlands adjacent to the San Francisco ...
  • Reedley Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Reedley Rail-Trail is a multiuse trail built along railbanked right-of-way that provides an alternate route to access some of Reedley's busiest arterial streets. The path largely traverses the industrial part of town; on the southeast end, ...
  • Richmond Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Beginning in 1904, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (AT&SF) carried freight through the city of Richmond, reaching its height during World War II when Richmond became a national leader of wartime industry and the woman's labor movement. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Rio Hondo River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 17.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Rio Hondo River Trail runs for more than 17 miles through Los Angeles County along its namesake waterway, a partially channelized tributary of the Los Angeles River. The trail extends northeast from its junction with the Los Angeles River ...
  • Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Robert McCollum Memorial Bicycle Trail, also known as the Trabuco Creek Trail (East Bank), is a short paved path along Trabuco Creek in San Juan Capistrano. The trail begins at a junction with the San Juan Creek Trail in Descanso Park—located ...
  • Rose Canyon Bicycle Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short and sweet Rose Canyon Bicycle Path is a popular route because of its scenery and the important off-street connection it provides between the Mission Bay and UC San Diego areas. Tucked between an active rail line and Interstate 5, it ...
  • SMART Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 70 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) commuter rail line and parallel pathway will stretch 70 miles between Cloverdale and Larkspur. This dual transportation system will connect 14 train stations and 10 cities across two counties, Sonoma ...
  • Sabercat Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sabercat Creek Trail can be found along its tree-lined namesake waterway in the Mission San Jose community of Fremont, a coastal California city off the San Francisco Bay. The 2-mile paved pathway runs through a former archaeological dig ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sacramento River Parkway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Hugging the eastern bank of the Sacramento River, this trail travels through Old Sacramento and along the Sacramento Southern excursion rail line to connect neighborhoods to the south. The trail makes useful links to the American River Bike ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sacramento River Trail (Redding)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 16 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Tucked away in Northern California's Shasta County is the charming town of Redding, which over the years has worked diligently to become one of the premier trail destinations in the West. The pride of Redding's trail system is the Sacramento ...
  • 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 Antonio Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Antonio Creek Trail runs only 0.5 mile from the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path near Matorral Way east to University Drive near San Marcos Road. A scenic stretch of trail runs through the Tabano Hollow Open Space. The trail is part of a network ...
  • San Clemente Beach Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Sand

    Hugging one of the most picturesque shorelines in Southern California, the San Clemente Beach Trail is one of the premier rail-trails in the area. The trail itself is technically a rail-with-trail, as it shares the corridor with an active Amtrak ...
  • San Diego Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Diego Creek Trail is the spine of the City of Irvine's extensive system of trails and bike lanes. It begins in Newport Beach, joining the Upper Bay Trail near where San Diego Creek empties into Upper Newport Bay at the Jamboree Road ...
  • San Diego River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Diego River Trail is a network of paths that lead along the San Diego River channel and mud flats and provide access to Mission/Fashion Valley shopping areas. You can walk or ride on either side of the river via the Sunset Cliffs bridge, ...
  • San Fernando Road Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Fernando Road Bike Path parallels its namesake road and a shared active Metrolink commuter rail and Union Pacific freight rail line from Los Angeles' Sylmar neighborhood to its Pacoima neighborhood. Along the way, the trail cuts clear ...
  • San Francisco Bay Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 286.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The San Francisco Bay Trail is a colossal effort to create a 500-mile multiuse trail encircling its namesake bay. Along its course, the trail will link 47 cities through 9 counties, providing numerous connections to local employment hubs, transit, ...
  • San Francisquito Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.36 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail provides many communities a N-S corridor which connection neighborhoods with schools, parks, retail and additional trails. Terminating near Legacy Christian Academy, this trail serves many commuting students. With beautiful vistas ...
  • San Gabriel River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 38 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Gabriel River Trail extends from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean. A key component to LA's transportation infrastructure, the trail will eventually connect to the Rio Hondo and Whittier Greenway ...
  • 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 ...
  • San Lorenzo Riverway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The San Lorenzo Riverway Trail follows both sides of the river through downtown Santa Cruz, a California beach town on the shores of Monterey Bay. Multiple pedestrian bridges allow easy access to the amenities along either bank. A highlight ...
  • San Luis Rey River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Luis Rey River Trail runs for 9 miles along the course of the San Luis Rey River in Oceanside. The trail, which is smooth and mostly flat, is a local favorite among cyclists, walkers and inline skaters.
  • San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail offers a paved route running approximately 5 miles through Santa Clara along its namesake waterway. In the north, the trail connects to the Highway 237 Bikeway (a component of the larger San Francisco Bay Trail ...
  • Sandra Marker Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sandra Marker Trail runs for a mile on an east-west course through Larkspur, linking the Redwood Highway/San Clemente Drive Paths in the east with the popular NWP Railroad Trail in the west. Both the NWP Railroad Trail and the Sandra Marker ...
  • 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 Barbara Beach Trail

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

    The Santa Barbara Beach Trail, occasionally signed as the Coast Route, begins at Shoreline Park, a long but thin area encompassing the bluffs just west of Santa Barbara Point. The park offers plenty of places for picnics and barbecues, equipment ...
  • Santa Clara River Trail (Chuck Pontius Commuter Rail Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Santa Clara River Trail follows the Santa Clara River, Los Angeles County's last, for the most part, unchanneled river. The trail connects the City of Santa Clarita's four communities: Newhall, Saugus, Canyon Country and Valencia. It includes ...
  • 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 ...
  • Santa Maria River Levee Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 6.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Santa Maria River Levee Trail offers wide open views of distant mountains and the rugged landscape of the Santa Maria Valley. The partially paved trail follows a levee built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1960s and rehabilitated ...
  • Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santa Maria Valley Multi-Purpose Trail runs for more than 2 miles on the southern edge of Santa Barbara County's largest city. The northern end occupies a former rail corridor—and parallels an active one—adjacent to the Santa Maria Country ...
  • Santa Monica Beach and South Bay Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    Quintessential Southern California, this trail is featured in hundreds of TV shows and movies. Whether you are here on vacation, or live nearby and want to feel like you are on vacation, it is a great way to explore the many personalities of ...
  • Santa Rosa Creek / Prince Memorial Greenway Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 17.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Santa Rosa Creek / Prince Memorial Greenway Trail follows the meandering course of Santa Rosa Creek, beginning in downtown Santa Rosa and heading west beyond Willowside Road. From end to end, the trail is only about 6 miles. But you can ...
  • Santiago Creek Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Santiago Creek Trail is a scenic urban ride up a portion of Santiago Creek northeast from the Westfield MainPlace Mall to Collins Avenue in Orange. From Collins Avenue, the trail heads south to parallel E. Prospect Avenue then picks up E. ...
  • Saratoga Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    Saratoga Creek Trail follows the winding course of the creek between just south of I-280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) and Saratoga Creek Park. The trail parallels the Lawrence Expressway/County Route G2 through a strip of greenway, passing through ...
  • Sawmill Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sawmill Bike Path currently consists of two open segments—with a third in the works to link them—just south of the resort town of South Lake Tahoe. When complete, the trail will provide a seamless route from the small community of Meyers ...
  • Shady Canyon Trail

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

    The Shady Canyon Trail is an incredibly scenic route along Shady Canyon Drive in southern Irvine. Extending through the southern reaches of the historic Irvine Ranch and protected Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, the trail is a hilly challenge ...
  • Shady Rest Trail Network

    State: CA
    Length: 1.16 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Shady Rest Trail Network consists to multiple trail sections. One section parallels Route 203, while the other parallels Sawmill Cutoff up to Sawmill Road. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Tucked in the quiet Oakland hills neighborhood of Montclair, the Shepherd Canyon Trail (a.k.a. Montclair Railroad Trail) is a popular community rail-trail that has come to symbolize the power of community activism. The rail right-of-way, which ...
  • Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

    State: CA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path is a scenic multipurpose trail that runs from the tip of the breakwater opposite Island Grissom at the Long Beach Shoreline Marina to Long Beach's Belmont Shore neighborhood. Running along a white sand beach ...
  • Sierra Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 7.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Sierra Bike Trail occupies a sliver of land between active Metrolink commuter rail tracks and Sierra Highway, connecting the communities of Palmdale and Lancaster in California's Antelope Valley. The path helps commuters access two Metrolink ...
  • Silver Creek Valley Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Silver Creek Valley Trail follows its namesake creek and paralleling Silver Creek Valley Road. The passes through a country club neighborhood and through open space over a steep hill. The trail offers nice views of the creek and hillsides, branching ...
  • 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 ...
  • Ski Run Bike Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Ski Run Bike Trail is a short paved sidepath adjacent to Ski Run Boulevard in the scenic resort community of South Lake Tahoe. On its route northeast towards the majestic lake, the trail links homes and apartments with the community's downtown ...
  • Sonoma Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you are attracted to the rolling, wine country landscapes and historical architecture of Sonoma Valley, the Sonoma Bike Path won't disappoint. Located in the heart of historic Sonoma, just over an hour from downtown San Francisco, the rail-trail ...
  • Sorrento Valley Road Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sorrento Valley Road Trail is a paved, two-lane section of road that was closed to traffic in the 1990s when CDOT built an interchange between State Route 56 and Interstate 5. In 1998 the road was reopened to pedestrians and bicyclists only. ...
  • South Fork Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 8.32 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This trail provides many of Santa Clarita's residential communities with access to the area's great trails. Easily accessible by Placertia Jr. High School near its southern end, this additionally provides additional school transit options for ...
  • South Lake Tahoe Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 2.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The South Lake Tahoe Bike Path consists of several disconnected trail segments along Lake Tahoe Boulevard (US 50) in the beautiful lakeside resort town of South Lake Tahoe. The longest continuous stretch of trail runs through the Al Tahoe community ...
  • Southern Avenue Greenway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    Open space is precious in South Gate, and the Southern Avenue Greenway—which runs under overhead power lines—provides an off-street walking and biking route, as well as play areas for the community. There are numerous street crossings, so caution ...
  • Southside Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.25 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Southside Bikeway connects downtown Vacaville via a former Sacramento Northern Railway corridor to the city's southern neighborhoods near Al Patch Park. The route is a nice, short path, ideal for family and neighborhood rides, runs or walks. Near ...
  • St. John's River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The St. John’s River Trail offers a tranquil atmosphere through a tree-dotted river valley to enjoy. Whether riding your bike or walking the paved trail, you are offered the opportunity to relax and experience this four-mile gem in Visalia, ...
  • State Route 56 Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 10.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The State Route 56 Bike Path provides a traffic-separated connection between inland and coastal San Diego County. The route gradually inclines traveling inland and parallels State Route 56 closely for much of the way. There's a short on-road ...
  • Stevens Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Stevens Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments in Mountain View and Cupertino, two of Silicon Valley's growing communities. As its name suggests, both segments closely follow Stevens Creek, which originates in the Santa Cruz Mountains ...
  • 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 ...
  • Sugar Pine Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Community support has been integral to the creation of the Sugar Pine Trail and Clovis Old Town Trail, two adjoining rail-trails that link the communities of Fresno and Clovis. Joggers, cyclists, businesses and multiple environmental organizations ...
  • Sunrise Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Sunrise Bikeway is a short but important commuter route in the suburbs of northeast Sacramento, linking neighborhoods with businesses and providing an off-road route that parallels busy Sunrise Boulevard. A bridge allows access across the ...
  • Sutter Commuter Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.65 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which extend to Butte House Road into Yuba City. ...
  • Sweeney Ridge Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    This system of trails is located in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo county. From the trailhead in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, a paved path ascends two miles to the top of the ridge, gaining ...
  • Sweetwater Bikeway

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Sweetwater Bikeway runs along the Sweetwater River from a parklike setting opposite the Plaza Bonita Shopping Center on the trail's east side to the yacht harbor at the mouth of the river. The trail follows the river under numerous roads ...
  • Taft Rails to Trails

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Taft Rails to Trails is a short pathway across the small city that is situated on the southwestern edge of the San Joaquin Valley. The trail occupies a corridor formerly home to the Sunset Railroad, which was built to transport oil from the ...
  • Tahoe Trailways Bike Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 19.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tahoe Trailways Bike Path meanders along the west shore of Lake Tahoe in California. From a hub in Tahoe City's 64-Acres Park, the system branches out with three paved legs, reaching Dollar Point in the northeast, Olympic (Squaw) Valley ...
  • Tallus Connector

    State: CA
    Length: 0.65 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tallus Connector runs between Route 203 and Meridian Blvd through the center of Mammoth Lakes. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Ten Mile Beach Trail (MacKerricher Haul Road Trail)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The scenic Ten Mile Beach Trail, also referred to by locals as the MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, is part of an old road used to transport lumber from the Ten Mile River watershed to a mill in Fort Bragg. It hugs the Pacific coastline, traveling ...
  • Tiburon Historical Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    If you're looking for a gentle rail-trail in Marin County that offers stunning views of both San Francisco Bay and Mt. Tamalpais, the Tiburon Historical Trail is for you. Known alternately as the Tiburon Bike Path and Tiburon Linear Park, the ...
  • Tracks at Brea

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tracks at Brea is a developing 4-mile route across the city of Brea, which lies about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. It will consist of a two-lane paved bikeway and a separate footpath for pedestrians. The project is being built in ...
  • Trails End Access Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Trails End Access Trail parallels Meridian Blvd from Commerce Drive to Sierra Park Road. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Truckee River Legacy Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt

    The Truckee River Legacy Trail follows the river's south side, providing scenic views and access to two recreational amenities: the Truckee River Regional Park and Riverview Sports Park. Currently, a 1.5-mile section of the trail is paved. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • Tuolumne River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Tuolumne River Trail is a winding path that follows the course of its namesake river in Modesto. The scenic trail captures the true beauty of the region's landscape as it loops through dense riverside woodlands. The trail also provides ...
  • Turtle Rock Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Turtle Rock Trail meanders its way through the neighborhood of the same name in southern Irvine. The path is a short—but serious—aerobic workout, as it features climbs to the trail's high point at Ridgeline Drive from both endpoints. Common ...
  • Tustin Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Dirt

    If you are looking for a quick escape from the smog and traffic of Southern California, take a trip along the Tustin Branch Trail. Currently open in two disconnected segments, the trail runs on the former Tustin Branch, a Southern Pacific line ...
  • Two Rivers Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 1.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Two Rivers Trail runs adjacent to the American River and connects Jibboom Street and State Route 160 in the redeveloping northern reaches of downtown Sacramento. It provides a connection to the longer Sacramento River Parkway Trail at its ...
  • UC Davis Arboreteum and Putah Creek Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 5.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This is a bike path often used by the residents of Davis. It begins at the beautiful UC Davis Arboretum and runs alongside Putah Creek for most of its length. It traverses through the Putah Creek Bicycle Undercrossing in order to pass under ...
  • UC Davis and Russell Boulevard Paths

    State: CA
    Length: 4.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Davis is a bike town and they love the trails that connect to the UC Davis Campus. For a little excursion, take the Russell Boulevard Bike Trail out of town and through farmland on this straight shot along Russell Boulevard. From CASkating ...
  • Union Valley Bike Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Union Valley Bike Trail is a two-lane, paved route that connects the campgrounds on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The trail skirts the shores of the reservoir between Jones Fork and Wench Creek ...
  • University Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The scenic University Trail begins at a connection with the San Diego Creek Trail and runs east along University Drive through southern Irvine. The trail stretches the length of William R. Mason Regional Park, which is divided by Culver Drive ...
  • Upper Bay Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The short Upper Bay Trail arcs around the northern edge of the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve near the Newport Beach–Irvine city line. The protected estuary, home to six rare avian species, is considered to be one of the best birdwatching ...
  • Upper Meridian Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.75 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Upper Meridian Trail runs through the center of Mammoth Lakes, along Meridian Blvd, connecting with multiple trails along the way. This trail is a part of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System.
  • Upper Silver Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Upper Silver Creek Trail courses through Silver Creek Linear Park, offering a nice play area and picnicking at the southern end and tennis courts and a basketball court at the northern end. Although the trail is short, it heads up hill from ...
  • Upper Struve Slough Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Upper Struve Slough Trail is part of a network of trails running through Watsonville's wetlands, offering a natural, outdoor experience and birding hotspot right in the heart of an urban area. The trail begins on the north side of Main Street ...
  • Venta Spur Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.7 miles
    Surface: Concrete

    The Venta Spur Trail travels along the narrow corridor of a former rail spur that began serving the Frances Packing House—a major citrus processing facility—in 1916. Today, the popular trail serves the local neighborhoods. The western portion ...
  • Ventura River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Ventura River Trail follows the former Ventura and Ojai Valley Railroad right-of-way, from just north of Ventura to Casitas Vista Road at Foster Park northeast of town. Here the trail continues to Ojai as the Ojai Valley Trail. The Ventura ...
  • Vernon McCullough Fresno River Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Vernon McCullough Fresno River Trail runs along the dry river in Madera, offering a recreation and transportation amenity for the city's residents and visitors. The trail is divided in two by active railroad tracks and Gateway Drive, but ...
  • Victoria Avenue Bike Path

    State: CA
    Length: 6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Victoria Avenue Bike Path parallels a scenic parkway dotted with palm trees that was built in 1892 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The northeastern end of the trail offers a peaceful ride through charming Riverside ...
  • Virginia Corridor Trailway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Virginia Corridor Trailway represents the transformation of a former Tidewater Southern Railway corridor in Modesto into a premier linear park, trail and recreational gathering place. Currently open from College Avenue to Woodrow Avenue, ...
  • Walnut Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Walnut Trail shares a wide corridor with an active railroad line, a BNSF route, through a section of Orange County known for producing oranges and strawberries. The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line originally provided a vital ...
  • Watsonville Slough Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.8 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Gravel

    The Watsonville Slough Trail follows its namesake waterway through a residential area of the city. It's part of a system of trails in a wetland area abundant with birds; you might see ducks, cormorants, pelicans, herons, egrets, hawks or many ...
  • Watts Towers Crescent Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Grass, Woodchips

    This is a extremely short rail-trail that parallels an existing rail line in the vicinity of the Watts Towers Art center, home of the striking and unique sculptures know as the Watts Towers. DIFFICULTY: Easy FOOD: There are no restaurants ...
  • West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path

    State: CA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path is just over 3 miles long, but, with its gorgeous backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic cliffs, you'll wish it was longer. The fairly flat, paved trail winds its way along the southern coastline of Santa Cruz. ...
  • West County Trail & Joe Rodota Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 14 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The West County & Joe Rodota trails system takes in some of Sonoma County's most scenic and sweeping rural vistas. The Joe Rodota trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between ...
  • 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 ...
  • West Side Rails (Tuolumne City to North Fork/ Tuolumne River)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 5.5 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt

    Tucked away in the sparsely populated Tuolumne County, this portion of the Stanislaus National Forest's Westside Rails is a hidden treasure, combining spectacular scenery and a route that represents an amazing feat of railway construction. The ...
  • 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 ...
  • Whittier Greenway Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 4.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Whittier Greenway Trail occupies part of an abandoned railroad right-of-way in its namesake town, running parallel to Whittier Boulevard and Lambert Road between Mills Avenue and Pioneer Boulevard near I-605. An active rail line travels ...
  • Woodbridge Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 2.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    The Woodbridge Trail, while short, is one of the most scenic in Irvine's extensive trail network. Views of two lakes and surrounding mountains unfold around each bend. It's a great route for families with kids, and that is what you will find. ...
  • Yerba Buena Creek Trail

    State: CA
    Length: 0.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel

    The Yerba Buena Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through Evergreen Park behind the community center, paralleling Yerba Buena Road and Park Estates Way.
  • Yosemite Valley Trails

    State: CA
    Length: 7.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Woodchips

    Yosemite's seven square miles contain probably more scenic beauty per acre than can be found anywhere in the world. There is no better way to see it all then to leave your car at the campground and tour the Valley in the scenic and environmentally ...