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Length
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Alameda Creek Regional Trail

22.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Amargosa River Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Baquiano Trail

0.97 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail

13.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Coyote Creek Trail

25.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Cross Marin Trail

5.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Crystal Springs Regional Trail

16.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Devil's Slide Trail

1.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Dry Creek Parkway

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

El Cajon Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

El Dorado Trail

35.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Elk Grove Creek Trail

8.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Golden Gate Park Trails

15 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Great Shasta Rail Trail

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel
Accordion

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Hicks Canyon Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Iron Horse Regional Trail

32 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Joe Rodota Trail

8.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail

7.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Lewis S. Eaton Trail

5.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

MacKerricher Haul Road Trail

3.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Mid-Town Trail

0.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

86 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

Mori Ridge Trail

1.17 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Nimitz Way

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Obern Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Ojai Valley Trail

9.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Old Railroad Grade

4.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

20 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Petaluma Trails

12.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Peters Canyon Bikeway

2.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area Trails

5.38 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone

Rincon Bike Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sacramento Northern Bikeway

10.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Salt Creek Trail (CA)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

San Juan Creek Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Ana River Trail

57.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Fe Trail (Tulare)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Santa Fe Trail (Visalia)

2.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sneath Lane Trail

1.68 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Sweeney Ridge Trail

2.17 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Walker Preserve & River Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone

West County Regional Trail

5.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

West Irvine Trail

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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...
CA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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...
CA 18.4 mi Asphalt, Sand
This 13 mile, non-motorized, multi-use trail is currently being improved to create a smoother tread surface for equestrians, hikers and bikers. It extends from downtown Chester where it crosses Main...
CA 13 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
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 former corridor of the...
CA 6 mi Dirt
The Baquiano Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. The trail climbs 550 feet from a junction with two hiking trails in the west...
CA 0.97 mi Dirt
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...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
CA 1.84 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Contra Costa Canal Regional 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...
CA 13.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
CA 25.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The spectacular the Cross Marin Trail (previously known as the Sir Francis Drake Bikeway) sits on the recycled roadbed of the former North Pacific Coast Railroad, which used to run from Larkspur to...
CA 5.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Crystal Springs Regional Trail is a developing network made up of three distinct portions: the San Andreas segment, Sawyer Camp segment and Crystal Springs segment. The two northern segments are...
CA 16.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
CA 1.2 mi Asphalt
Located in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, the Donald and Bernice Watson Recreation Trail (previously known as the Duarte Recreational Trail) is made up of paved and parallel dirt trails....
CA 1.6 mi 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,...
CA 7.5 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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. The...
CA 35.9 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Elk Grove Creek Trail is open in two disconnected segments along its namesake waterway in the cities of Elk Grove and Sacramento. Both portions offer a smooth paved surface and scenic views of the...
CA 8.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Discover San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Park via its combination of multiuse trails and pathways. The paved loop around the perimeter of the park is 7.4-miles and there is a popular 4.5-mile loop...
CA 15 mi Asphalt, Concrete
More than half of the planned 80-mile Great Shasta Rail Trail is now open. The rail-trail meanders through Northern California’s small towns and the natural beauty of the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity...
CA 43 mi Cinder
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...
CA 1 mi Dirt, Gravel
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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...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
CA 2 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Hornbeck Trail is one of several single-track dirt trails open on the east side of Keswick Reservoir in Shasta County. The trail follows the former route of the Quartz Hill Railway, which once...
CA 4 mi Dirt
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...
CA 32 mi Asphalt
The Joe Rodota Trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sebastopol until it was abandoned in 1984....
CA 8.5 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 2.5 mi Dirt
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...
CA 7.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
CA 5.9 mi Asphalt
The scenic MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, previously known as the Ten Mile Beach Trail, is part of an old road used to transport lumber from the Ten Mile River watershed to a mill in Fort Bragg. It...
CA 3.8 mi 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...
CA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Mill Valley/Sausalito Multiuse Pathway is a convenient connection between neighborhoods, schools, shopping, restaurants, and both a skate and dog park. The trail is paved with a few wooden bridges...
CA 3.7 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 86 mi Ballast, Cinder, Gravel
The Mori Ridge Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. The natural surface path runs from a junction with both the Sweeney Ridge...
CA 1.17 mi 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...
CA 5.8 mi Ballast, Dirt
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...
CA 4.1 mi Asphalt
Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Obern Trail (formerly known as Atascadero Creek Bike Path) travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path is a...
CA 3.6 mi 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...
CA 9.3 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 4.4 mi Dirt
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...
CA 20 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Petaluma Trails consist of 5 trails, each one through a unique and scenic part of historic Petaluma. There is a two-mile circular loop through Shollenberger Park and a one-mile trail that links...
CA 12.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
CA 2.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, 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...
CA 5.38 mi Crushed Stone
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...
CA 3.6 mi 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...
CA 10.1 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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...
CA 6 mi 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....
CA 57.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Tulare's 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...
CA 5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Visalia's Santa Fe Trail extends south from the core of the city to its rural agricultural fringes. The northern half of the trail occupies a former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad corridor...
CA 2.5 mi 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...
CA 3 mi Asphalt
The Sneath Lane Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. From a trailhead in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, the paved...
CA 1.68 mi Asphalt, 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....
CA 5.04 mi Dirt
The Sweeney Ridge Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. Inaccessible by automobile, the trail must be reached by any of its...
CA 2.17 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Meandering through the Walker Preserve and Lakeside's River Park Conservancy, this multiuse trail follows the San Diego River from the City of Santee to the community of Lakeside. This 1.3-mile...
CA 1.3 mi Crushed Stone
The West County Regional Trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sebastopol until it was abandoned in...
CA 5.9 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 1.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Western States Pioneer Trail runs for 34 miles between Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and Auburn Equestrian Staging Area near Gum Lane in Auburn. The trail, open to hikers and horseback riders...
CA 34.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
CA 9 mi Ballast, 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...
CA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt

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Hetch Hetchy Trail

Nice and easy

November, 2022 by 4q2tx9twnh

Easy trail to ride or walk.

Whittier Greenway Trail

Whittier Greenway Trail

November, 2022 by oleschootools

In the Friendly city of Whittier,California. The Greenway Trail is a Scenic and Safe destination for the whole Family. Remember to bring water ! 6miles long + since the extensions are finally taking place! Will be connected to La Habra in OC very soon keep in your to do list!

Los Angeles River Trail

South Portion of Trail

November, 2022 by wfo163

On 06NOV2022 I chose to attempt a 7(ish) mile run along the LA river starting at the trail's terminus in Long Beach. The run took me from Golden Shore up to about Willow. Nearly as soon as the trail turns north from the trailhead the nature of this trail becomes apparent - This is not a safe trail for pedestrians. There are multiple campers, addicts, feces (human and otherwise), and piles of garbage all along the trail. It is an absolute human rights atrocity. Some of the campers have built decent sites off of the trail but most have built castles of garbage and some have built literal fortresses out of the riprap that is used along the river wall. Some of the people along that route were friendly enough and said hello as I passed. Others were not welcoming and a couple were down right threatening including one that tried to block my path and stop my run. This brings up perhaps the most dangerous part - there is no way to escape the trail should trouble happen. There is a high chainlink fence that runs between trail access. If a person finds themselves being chased or assaulted they cannot get away. This portion of this trail needs to be avoided if on foot. There were a lot of cyclists and perhaps this is an option if you are moving quickly, but even then this should only be attempted if part of a large group.

This trail has the potential to be awesome, but the current issues make it downright intimidating and dangerous.

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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Great family friendly trail, in the forest

November, 2022 by dave54_tl

Nice fall colors and spring wildflowers. Winter is under snow (x-country skiing, though). Summers can be warm but still tolerable.
Fascinating geology. The observant rider will see when the underlying bedrock is granite or basalt, and understand you are transitioning between two mountain ranges -- Sierra Nevada and Cascade.
A campground is halfway if you want to make it a two day ride. The local bus company will haul you and your bike as a shuttle.
Unfortunately, a good portion of the forest along the trail burned in 2020. However, you can see forest recovery in action.
If you are more adventurous you could connect to the Collins Pine Rail to Trail and ride into Chester, then pick up the Almanor Recreation Trail along Lake Almanor. From the Susanville end you could connect to the Modoc Line Rails to Trail that goes to Alturas. You could easily make a week long bikepacking trip with the Bizz Johnson trail in the middle.

Rohnert Park/Cotati SMART Pathway

Something must have changed

October, 2022 by gailchandler

The Park and Ride at the trailhead is now a homeless encampment. There is a park you could leave from, but it is also a homeless encampment. I could see a portion of the trail from the freeway but it looked like chopped up blacktop, very narrow and overgrown. Seemed like bollards blocked access to the little bridge. I have a three wheel bike and would not be able to traverse the trail. Could not determine of trail was open at the trail head.

Great Highway Bike Path

Nothing Special

October, 2022 by acewickwire

Only rode a short section at Golden Gate Park. Trail is rough. Is wide but nothing great about it. Better to ride in Golden Gate Park.

Golden Gate Park Bike Path

Followed Some The Route

October, 2022 by acewickwire

We rented bikes and followed the bike map provided by the rental outfit. The park is really nice and well worth a visit. Lots of trails and at times a bit confusing to follow a specific route. However, can't really get lost. Really enjoyed the portion of JFK drive that is blocked to traffic. Big wide boulevard with lots to see and enjoy. Could spend a lot of time just wandering all through the park. Recommend a visit.

Bay Area Ridge Trail (San Francisco Presidio)

Kind'a Rode This One

October, 2022 by acewickwire

We rented bikes and followed the bike map provided by the rental outfit. We rode on Washington Blvd through this area. It is a pleasant ride on a street through a residential area and golf course. Very little traffic. Saw a number of other bikers and walkers. Didn't see any trail signage for this trail. Although did see a trail parallel to the road at times but didn't see anyone on the trail. Think would really need to specifically look for the trail if intent on riding. The street was good.

Bayshore Bikeway

West Side Good/East Side Not so good eBike Ride

October, 2022 by hskrjed

Started at the Imperial Beach Trailhead near Trident Coffee and rode the east side of the bay. Scenic but noisy from traffic. Rode the Coronado Ferry to the west and rode the west side to complete the loop. West side has a lot of street riding and is not scenic with lots of industrial views. I would recommend only riding the west side of the loop. 26 mile total ride.

Tracks at Brea Trail

Not a good trail for a road bike

October, 2022 by keaves

Short trail, multiple traffic lights, thorns punctured both my tires

Coyote Creek Trail

Nicer / less traffic the further south you get

September, 2022 by milocat125

I've mostly ridden the section between Hellyer Park and the Coyote Creek visitor center / Malaguerra Ave (great free parking). A superb ride with far less traffic than the Los Gatos trail. A couple of weeks ago I parked at the Tully Rd lot and took it south. I was a little creeped out about leaving my truck there and the number of homeless encampments from Tully south about a mile. I won't do that again. Another good parking place is the free dirt lot "Coyote Creek Trail Parking at Metcalf" on google maps.

Castaways Trail

Really good

September, 2022 by melitesone.mym

Perfect to walk with stroller ¿¿

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