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Length
Surfaces
Type

Alameda Creek Regional Trails

24.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

16.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.3 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Black Diamond Railroad Trail

0.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Cowell-Purisima Trail

4.1 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Coyote Creek Trail

25.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Dennis Wendt Memorial Trail

0.7 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Lands End Trail

1.6 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Miners Ravine Trail

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Mt. Lowe Railway Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

San Gabriel River Trail

39.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way

1.9 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Sugar Pine Railway Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Union Valley Bike Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Arroyo Mocho Trail

12.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

El Dorado Trail

35.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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Evergreen Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: CA
Gravel

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Merced River Trail

4.9 mi
State: CA
Gravel

Modoc Line Rail Trail

39.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

Obern Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Penitencia Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Petaluma Trails

12.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Salt Creek Trail (Orange County)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Saratoga Creek Trail

1.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

4.65 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Calero Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Great Shasta Rail Trail

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Los Banos Rail-Trail

2.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Fairfield Linear Park

6.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Alum Rock Park Trail

2.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Centennial Trail (CA)

3.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Crocker Park Recreational Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Montgomery Hill Trail

0.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Grass

Old Railroad Grade

4.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)

1.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Yerba Buena Creek Trail

0.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The popular Alameda Creek Regional Trails run from the mouth of Niles Canyon in Fremont to the San Francisco Bay, connecting Bay Area neighborhoods with the indigenous and industrial roots of the...
CA 24.4 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Overview  The Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail runs 16.4 miles through the foothills of Orange County, California, between Portola Hills and Wood Canyon in Laguna Niguel. The 16.4 mile trail...
CA 16.4 mi Asphalt
Overview An outing on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail rewards trekkers with eye-catching Northern California scenery and signs of wildlife. The 25.3-mile packed gravel-and-dirt trail...
CA 25.3 mi Dirt, Gravel
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...
CA 0.8 mi Dirt
Just south of Half Moon Bay, the Cowell-Purisima Trail would be a worthy addition to any avid trail user’s bucket list. As part of the California Coastal Trail—a network of bicycling and hiking trails...
CA 4.1 mi Dirt, Gravel
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
Dennis Wendt was a famed Fortuna resident and owner of Wendt Construction. His construction business was responsible for building nearly half of the buildings in Fortuna. In honor of his memory, the...
CA 0.7 mi Dirt, Gravel
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 name Lands End Trail isn’t an exaggeration. This San Francisco trail skirts the edge of North America on rocky cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The 1.6-mile trail offers spectacular views of...
CA 1.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
CA 7.5 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
Overview    On a fully paved path between the Pacific Ocean and the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, the San Gabriel River Trail connects more than a dozen communities east of Los Angeles,...
CA 39.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
CA 1.9 mi Dirt, Woodchips
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 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...
CA 5.8 mi Asphalt
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
Located on the eastern edge of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Arroyo Mocho Trail is a tale of two trails. From its western starting point at West Las Positas Boulevard in Pleasanton to near El Charro...
CA 12.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
Overview 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...
CA 35.8 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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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...
CA 1.2 mi Gravel
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
About 20 miles southwest of Yosemite National Park, the scenic Merced River Trail functions as both a bike/pedestrian trail and a lightly trafficked vehicular road used to access campsites and...
CA 4.9 mi Gravel
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 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...
CA 2.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
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
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...
CA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
CA 4.65 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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...
CA 3.2 mi Asphalt, 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 Los Banos Rail Trail offers a 1-mile alternative to non-motorized travel through downtown Los Banos between 2nd Street and Ward Rd. The trail occupies a disused rail right-of-way and includes...
CA 2.1 mi 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...
CA 6.1 mi Asphalt
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...
CA 2.4 mi Asphalt, 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
The Centennial Trail is located in the Tri-Valley city of Pleasanton, about 25 miles east of Oakland. This urban trail offers a 7.8 roundtrip on a combination of paved and unpaved track. The trail...
CA 3.9 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
CA 2.5 mi Ballast, 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 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...
CA 0.4 mi Dirt, Grass
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
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...
CA 1.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Yerba Buena Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through Evergreen Park behind the community center, paralleling Yerba Buena Road and Park Estates Way.
CA 0.7 mi Asphalt, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

UC Davis Arboretum and Putah Creek Trails

extra stars because it was pretty

June, 2024 by qdym76h2rq

DO NOT plan to use this trail with inline skates. It was a disaster. Unless you own all terrain skates, these paths are better for walking, cycling.

Ventura River Trail

Worth It

June, 2024 by dmurphy52

This path sits between, and is connected to, the Ojai Valley Trail as well as the Omer Raines Coastal Path. It is in good condition, and as of June/July 2024 undergoing a very substantial improvement on a fairly lengthy section. The grades are mild, the scenery decent, and only a few rough patches. Safe for kids. Highly recommend extending onto the Omer Raines path, as well as the path up to Ojai, if you're feeling energetic.

Ojai Valley Trail

Good Ride, Could Use Some Improvement

June, 2024 by dmurphy52

Rode the length of the trail from Foster Park, with my wife. We're both in our 70's. While sections of this ride are excellent, what keeps it from being a five star path are a number of factors. In parts, the trail is rough, and needs maintenance. The fairly frequent road crossings as you approach Ojai set this path aside from five star paths that use underpasses or overpasses. Signage is only fair. Not for inexperienced young riders, secondary to the road crossings and rough sections. All that said, for moderately experienced riders, this is a very good ride.

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Calleguas Creek Bike Path

Short and Sweet

June, 2024 by dmurphy52

This wide, excellently maintained bike path is a brief but scenic ride. With only a few short semi-steep climbs and descents while riding through the underpasses, riders of even modest ability will not find it difficult. Not for someone seeking any serious training, almost better for a stroll than a bike ride. Either way, wheels or feet, it's a pleasant outing. For maximum distance, start at the Pleasant Valley Fields sporting complex, when the path comes to a T, go left or right, ride the length of the segment along the creek, and return to your parking space.

Three Creeks Trail (CA)

Unfortunately not worth the risk

May, 2024 by andreaisais

Very short, one mile walking both ways. Too many homeless trash piles. Parking was questionable since it housed homeless vehicles and I had to hurry my child pass the van with drug smoke pouring out. The drive down Willow Street was lovely along the way to this location, we should have just parked there and walked along the tree lined streets instead. Very unfortunate.

San Luis Rey River Trail

Very nice trail

May, 2024 by p9jbzstx84

This is very easy and pleasant trail. Took my 8 year old on it today and he was able to finish the whole distance. We could not make it back as it was too much for him. We will definitely come back.

Peters Canyon Bikeway

scenic

May, 2024 by s6ng4kcdv4

This is one of my go to short and quick rides. I start from Valencia park in Jamboree and end at Peters Canyon trail head. It's a beautiful trail with a mild slope.

Walnut Trail

walnut trail

May, 2024 by s6ng4kcdv4

About 4 miles of paved trail from walnut to Sand canyon. Runs along metrolink railway and there is a park along the way if you want to take a break. I started from west point Irvine in Jamboree then took Peters Canyon from Bryan to Harvard and Walnut trail. It was 13.6 miles of nice relatively easy ride.

Clover Creek Preserve Trail

just rode it

April, 2024 by gismogetmo

Nice fun little ride good if you wanna practice on your bike before hitting other trails! I found a turtle here once and returned it to the water

Escondido Creek Bike Path

Perfect for running/walking

April, 2024 by oliverjparado

I do my cardio workouts on this trail 4 days a week. Are there homeless? Yes. Could it be touched up and repaved a bit? Yes. Cleaner? Yes. What part of San Diego doesn’t these days? With the homeless, I don’t bother them and they don’t bother me, and they are few and far between. This trail is a key to my overall health and fitness. I don’t have to pay a monthly or annual membership fee to use it. It doesn’t close at 11pm, and it’s just outside my door. And the best part it’s free. I love it!

San Gabriel River Trail

Ride this trail from the beach to about the 10 mile marker. Nice well maintained. A bit nervous if you don't like steep drop off both sides.

April, 2024 by zakath14606

Ride this trail from the beach to about the 10 mile marker. Nice well maintained. A bit nervous if you don't like steep drop off both sides.

Clovis Old Town Trail

exceptionally clean and well-maintained Trail

April, 2024 by hallsreceipts

Visiting the area for business and went out for an early morning walk as this trail is right behind my hotel. Excellent with minimal grade, and as a title says: very well maintained, clean, friendly people out and about. Enjoy!

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