California Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Activities
Length
Surfaces
Type

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Alum Rock Park Trail

2.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Black Diamond Railroad Trail

0.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt
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Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Calero Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

22.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Crocker Park Recreational Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

El Dorado Trail

35.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Evergreen Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: CA
Gravel

Fairfield Linear Park

6.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Great Shasta Rail Trail

37 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

13.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Lands End Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Linear Park (CA)

1.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Banos Rail-Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Gatos Creek Trail

11.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Merced River Trail

13.1 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Miners Ravine Trail

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

86 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

Montgomery Hill Trail

0.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Grass

Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Old Railroad Grade

4.4 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Penitencia Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Petaluma Trails

12.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Salt Creek Trail (CA)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Trail (Tulare)

4.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Saratoga Creek Trail

1.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)

1.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way

1.9 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

4.65 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Union Valley Bike Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Yerba Buena Creek Trail

0.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
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
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...
CA 3.5 mi Asphalt
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
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
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 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
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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
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 22.1 mi Asphalt, 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...
CA 2.5 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
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 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
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
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...
CA 37 mi Cinder
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 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 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...
CA 13.3 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, Woodchips
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...
CA 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
CA 1.1 mi 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...
CA 1 mi Asphalt
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,...
CA 11.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
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...
CA 13.1 mi Ballast, 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 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 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
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
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 Ballast, Dirt
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
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 4.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
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
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 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....
CA 5.3 mi Asphalt
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 5.04 mi Dirt
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 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 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
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

Ojai Valley Trail

Always a great ride

June, 2017 by

We live in Ventura and ride this trail at least once a month. It is always fun and a great ride. Even in the heat of the summer if you start early in the morning you can ride up to Ojai have breakfast in one of the many great places to eat then be going back down the trail in the shade with the coastal breeze in your face and dropping almost 20 degrees by the time you get back to Ventura.

San Diego River Trail

Superb Walking Trail

June, 2017 by mississippikite1950

I walk from OB east to where the trail meets Int 5, and back at least twice (total appx. 5 miles round trip) starting at 4:00 a.m. Takes me about 2 1/2 hours. The trail is pretty much deserted at this early hour, for me at age 66 its a great start to the day. I love this wonderful trail!

Sacramento River Trail

Gorgeous

June, 2017 by danomccollam

My wife and I did this loop on two different occassions while visiting Redding. We had no trouble finding the trail head or sticking on the trail. The scenery as you head toward the damn is absolutely gorgeous--large boulders, spring flowers, and the beautiful blue and green colors of the fountain head of the Sacramento river.

The trail on one side of the river is almost totally flat, while the trail on the other side is a roller coaster of short up and downhill climbs. There are several creeks you cross and plenty of benches to stop and enjoy the scenery. There are even some public restrooms.

I'm sure we will do this trail on every visit to Redding.

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Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Beautiful Sled Run

June, 2017 by danomccollam

My wife and I are in our mid fifties. We started from the Mason Station outside of Westwood. The first 5-7 miles were difficult on our hybrids. I definitely would recommend having a mountain bike. The path surface was deep gravel-type rock that our bikes kept sinking into. Picture jogging on a loose sand beach--it felt like that.

Then we hit the more worn path with the 4% downgrade. The final 20 miles was like a beautiful sled run. We hardly had to peddle. The surface changed many times as did the scenery and the terrain. There were many road obstacles to steer around like trees down and huge ruts, but the majority of the path was smooth sailing.

I would definitely do this again, but probably start farther up the trail and avoid the first few miles. Another noteworthy observation is that the city bus that takes you back to Westwood only runs three times a day and can carry only three bikes at a time. We took the 12:10 bus and there were five bikes wanting to get on. Some people had to leave one person behind with the bikes and go get the vehicles in Westwood.

Overall it was a very beautiful and positive experience and we would definitely do this again.

Ballona Creek Bike Path

Good trail.....for experienced riders

June, 2017 by ramsaygoyal

On this trail, there are many elevation gains and decreases. Going down is fun, but going up can be tiring. There is also a lack of shade on this trail. For those reasons, this isn't a very family friendly trail. However, you never have to stop, making it a great trail if you want to break a sweat and get some good exercise in.

Laguna Creek Trail

cg

June, 2017 by cjmandella

Nice flat ride with lots of wildlife despite it being through town.

Crystal Springs Regional Trail

great for kids

June, 2017 by sws626

I did the 11 mile round trip from the Southern Sawyer Camp trailhead to the San Andreas Lake dam and back with my nine year old daughter on a Saturday morning in June 2017. It was her third bike ride of this length and was a big hit. Parking can be tight and the first two or three (freshly paved)miles are crowded with pedestrians, but otherwise perfect for an extended and interesting trip with a child. Unlike a lot of flat paths around the Bay Area, this one has lots of interesting curves and varied scenery. The last stretch to the dam is uphill and a but of a challenge for small ones, but also brings a sense of accomplishment. Highly recommended.

Hammond Trail

Good trail with beautiful view

May, 2017 by marcosamezcua

👌🏽

Dry Creek Trail (Modesto)

Nice, flat, pretty trail

May, 2017 by bobdudeeb

Had a nice relaxing ride along the trail in May. Weather was sunny but pleasant. The trail description is accurate: the trail follows Dry Creek, which had water after the Winter's heavy rains. The trail passes through several parks, as well as oak trees and grassland. We saw several people walking and biking on the trail, but it was not nearly as crowded as the Crystal Springs Trail. Recommended for Spring and Fall and possibly Winter, if it's not raining. Can be very hot in the Summer.

American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)

My American River Trail Ride May 14, 2017

May, 2017 by daleposey@gmail.com

I rode from Old Town to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery and back to car in Old town.
Pros: The trail is a beautiful paved trail that meanders along the American river from Sacramento to Lake Folsom. Just a slight grade up as you ride east.
Cons: Many homeless encampments along first four miles of trail near Sacramento. I have heard of crime occurring upon cyclists riding through this area.
Cycle time; 3:45 Hours
Distance 49 miles.

Nimitz Way

Great for strollers

May, 2017 by rko618

+ Good parking. You'll probably have to park along the road because the Inspiration point parking lot is small.
+ Not very crowded. This trail is kind of out of the way so not too many people visit.
+ Great pavement. Perfectly smooth for strollers.
+ Not too hilly. It has some up and downs which is nice for the variety but none of them are strenuous.

I went at 10am in the morning and the fog was still heavy. Could not see any of the views. On the return stint the fog had lifted.

Around mile 1.5 you walk through a small forest of Eucalyptus tree which is really great.

I only walked half way and then turned around and came back. I am looking forward to going back and doing the full trail sometime.

Alameda Creek Regional Trail

Ideal for children

May, 2017 by sws626

Six Mike round trip on North shore of the creek was a perfect experience with my 9 year old daughter. Flat, no traffic, lots of birds, and a picnic table at the end of the road.

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