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Length
Surfaces
Type

Alameda Creek Regional Trails

24.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

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

1.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Donald and Bernice Watson Recreation Trail

1.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

El Cajon Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Hicks Canyon Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

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

Mt. Lowe Railway Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Nimitz Way

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Ojai Valley Trail

9.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Accordion

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

20 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Rincon Bike Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Santa Ana River Trail

57.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Gertrudis Creek Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sugar Pine Railway Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Sweeney Ridge Trail

2.17 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

West Irvine Trail

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Dry Creek Parkway

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

El Dorado Trail

35.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Elk Grove Creek Trail

8.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Mid-Town Trail

0.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

39.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

Obern Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Petaluma Trails

12.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Sacramento Northern Bikeway

10.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Salt Creek Trail (Orange County)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

San Juan Creek Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Santa Fe Trail (Visalia)

2.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

West County Regional Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel

Delta de Anza Regional Trail

21 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Peters Canyon Bikeway

2.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Great Shasta Rail Trail

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Amargosa River Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Baquiano Trail

0.97 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Golden Gate Park Trails

15 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Mori Ridge Trail

1.17 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Old Railroad Grade

4.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area Trails

5.38 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Trail (Tulare)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Sneath Lane Trail

1.68 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Walker Preserve & River Park Trail

3.3 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Closure Notice: Due to the 2022–2023 storms, three underpasses along the Alameda Creek Regional Trails are closed and inaccessible to the public until further notice. Visit the trail's website for...
CA 24.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
An outing on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail rewards trekkers with eye-catching Northern California scenery and signs of wildlife. The 25.4-mile packed gravel-and-dirt trail connects the...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
Located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Contra Costa Canal Regional Trail follows the Contra Costa Canal in a horseshoe shape from Martinez south through Pleasant Hill and...
CA 13.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Stretching from Morgan Hill up to the southern extent of the San Francisco Bay, the Coyote Creek Trail is one of the longest trails in San Jose. More than 25 miles are currently open in three main...
CA 25.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The spectacular Cross Marin Trail (previously known as the Sir Francis Drake Bikeway) follows the route of the former North Pacific Coast Railroad and roughly parallels the sinuous Sir Francis Drake...
CA 5.3 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Crystal Springs Regional Trail offers tranquil views of two long, narrow reservoirs and a lake that sit atop the San Andreas Rift Zone, a geologic fault that shook violently in the destructive...
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 1.3 mi Asphalt
Nestled on the north side of the sprawling Los Angeles metropolis, the Donald and Bernice Watson Recreation Trail (formerly the Duarte Recreational Trail) runs on parallel asphalt and dirt paths for...
CA 1.6 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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
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
Running north–south though San Francisco’s East Bay region, the popular Iron Horse Regional Trail—whose very name conjures its important railroad history—follows the old Southern Pacific rail...
CA 32 mi Asphalt
Named for the first director of Sonoma County Regional Parks, the Joe Rodota Trail offers some of the county’s most sweeping rural vistas. The rail-trail is built along the corridor of the old...
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
Closure notice: Due to the 2022–2023 storms, a half-mile section of the Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail from Valle Vista to Westchester Street is closed until further notice. Visit the trail manager...
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 path of an old tourist railway rolls through dizzying heights in the mountains near Pasadena in Southern California. Visitors are rewarded with inspiring views of rugged mountains, canyons, and...
CA 5.8 mi Dirt, Gravel
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
The Southern California town of Ojai (pronounced OH-hi) is known as a destination for wellness tourism, so it’s fitting that those visiting via the Ojai Valley Trail are already practicing a healthy...
CA 9.3 mi Asphalt
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This history-filled trail traverses the communities of Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, and Rialto in Southern California’s Inland Empire metropolitan region. It follows the route of the Pacific...
CA 20 mi Asphalt, Concrete, 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
The Santa Ana River Trail is a colossus in the emerging greater Los Angeles–area trail network. The paved trail covers nearly 60 miles in two sections, including more than 20 miles through San...
CA 57.7 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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 4 mi Asphalt
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 2.5 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
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 solitude amid the beautiful, rugged scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this trail is for you. The Hull Creek segment of the Stanislaus National Forest’s Westside Rails to...
CA 9 mi Ballast, Dirt
Tucked away in sparsely populated Tuolumne County, this portion of the Stanislaus National Forest’s Westside Rails to Trails route is a hidden treasure, combining spectacular scenery and a...
CA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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 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
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
The Hammond Trail pays homage to the Redwood Coast’s timber industry. Named for a major local lumber company, the asphalt, gravel, and dirt trail follows the route of a former railroad that hauled...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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 Rail Trail follows a portion the historic Modoc Line, which ran through remote ranch land and deserts in northeastern California. Originally constructed as the narrow-gauge...
CA 39.8 mi Ballast, Cinder, Gravel
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
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
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
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
Sweeping rural vistas abound along this rail-trail. The West County Regional Trail is built along the corridor of the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railway, which carried passengers between Santa Rosa,...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Gravel
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...
CA 21 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 2.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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 19th-century railroad-building boom brought the town of Tulare into existence in California’s Central Valley. More than 100 years later, the town transformed a former railroad spur into the Santa...
CA 5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Sneath Lane Trail is one trail of many in beautiful Sweeney Ridge, a prime bicycling and hiking area in San Mateo County. From a trailhead in the Crestmoor neighborhood of San Bruno, the paved...
CA 1.68 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 3.3-mile...
CA 3.3 mi Crushed Stone

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Chandler Bikeway

Nice Trail

November, 2023 by hw49rbyfm5

My family and I came for the first time on a Sunday. Smooth ride and family friendly. Definitely obey the signs as stay on your lane. Would recommend this trail.

Kern River Parkway Trail

Nice Trail but….

November, 2023 by tntdavis

It’s a nice, paved trail but lots of homeless camped along it and have large dogs off leash. Also lots of garbage…Bakersfield needs to clean it up. Also never have seen such a squirrel infestation as their parks have

Oceanfront Boardwalk

scenic but insanely crowded crowded on sunny weekends

November, 2023 by danno1dude

Scenic trail is too narrow for the volume of mixed use. Newport beach should widen the path and separate pedestrians and bicycle et al traffic as Huntington Beach has done on the bluffs portion of its trail. Elated to see the beach path center striped and signs reminding all users to share the path. In HB pedestrians are given the right of way but fail to look before they leap!

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Enterprise Canal Trail

wonderful

November, 2023 by mirelezsarita2015

This was such a great trail for my first time out. I was so impressed with the beautiful landscapes area and the serenity of just walking and enjoying every bit of the walk. Love it. Ty

San Diego River Trail

Fallen to horrible disrepair

October, 2023 by wmichaelbratton

As the title describes, I triked the complete length of the trail from Mission Valley all the way to Dog Beach this past week and it's deplorable. About 70% of the length of the trail's surface is bone-shakingly bad. From the parts that are concrete, to the asphalt sections, there are few sections that are in decent, ridable shape. It has been poorly looked after by San Diego Parks and Rec. As mentioned here previously, the homeless population has taken over. It has become seriously unhealthy from garbage and encampment sites. It' so sad as this was one of my favorite rides in the city.

San Gabriel River Trail

Interesting bike trail.

October, 2023 by mark0053

We started at the north end of the trail and followed it down by the dam to the south. There is a lot of gravel pits in this area and gravel/rock processing plants so not much to look at. It's like so many paved bike trails in Los Angeles that follow a dried up river of concrete. We were staying in the Pomona area so we didn't want to travel too far for our ride. We can now say we did this trail and won't need to return.

Rio Hondo River Trail

Disappointed in this one.

October, 2023 by mark0053

I always try not to get my excitement up too much when riding in Los Angeles. After all it's a huge city with a lot of dried up rivers. We started at the north end of this trail and road about half of it before turning around. There was one small area of some scenery at the north end but the further south we got the worse it got. Lots of homeless encampments and trash alone the trail which is so sad. The waterway was dried up in October so on one side you have a concrete basin and the other side either homeless cities or industrial buildings. I can now mark this one off my to-do list for sure.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

PT

October, 2023 by mz6bvjp27d

Amazing trail

San Luis Rey River Trail

Great trail

October, 2023 by n5ick_tl

This is a very fun trail to ride up and down on! Just remember to slow down for the walkers!

Salt Creek Trail (Riverside County)

Great Trail.

September, 2023 by n5ick_tl

It’s a nice trail just need to make it connect to the part in Hemet or possibly make a north / south trail it can connect to for the cities of Perris and Murrieta!

Bayshore Bikeway

Full loop

September, 2023 by psuozzo

Imperial west is good. San Diego side is a poorly marked jumble of urban paths. Not recommended.

Escondido Creek Bike Path

sketchy

September, 2023 by blueboxparts

Tried this path with my wife. Lots of homeless people discussing where to get hypodermic needles sitting in the path.

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