California Mountain Biking Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

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

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Calero Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Centennial Trail (CA)

3.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

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

Dennis Wendt Memorial Trail

0.7 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

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

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

18 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips
Accordion

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

Obern Trail

3.6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

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
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
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
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
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 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
The Dennis Wendt Memorial Trail is the brainchild on Sean Swanson, a Fortuna resident, who had been working with the homeless population who previously lived along the idle corridor, helping them...
CA 0.7 mi 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. 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
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
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 18 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
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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
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
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

Shoreline Pedestrian/Bicycle Path

I love Long Beach

June, 2021 by raiderdre

The city keeps the paths spotless.

Tahoe Trailways Bike Path

Love it! Beautiful and tranquil

June, 2021 by jenny87

I love this trail! Clean with beautiful scenery. Porta potty throughout the trail. Sound of the River is calming.

Enterprise Canal Trail

Enterprise Canal Trail

June, 2021 by tucker.furguy

This is my second favorite trail of the ones I ride in the Clovis area. One entrance/exit is on Alluvial, west of Temperance - if you wish to continue east, you can cross Temperance Ave and the Enterprise Trail runs along a mainly large field and small farm on one side and close to housing and then another canal, before the trail curves around and heads to the area where McDonald's and Riley's is and then it connects on Temperance. The other entrance/exit is on Fowler, just south of Shepherd Ave.

The path is paved on one side of the canal. If you ride up or walk up to the canal embankment the path is dirt. On the other side of the canal, the path is gravel.

Dependent on the weather, the gates abutting the flood control basin will be closed and locked if rain is predicted, and sometimes it is closed and locked for reasons unknown to me. If you are taking the paved path, you must move up to the dirt embankment to continue along the trail, until you have passed the flood control basin, you can then either stay on the dirt embankment or move back down to the paved path.

Sadly, the Enterprise Trail, which used to end at Sunnyside Ave, just south of Shepherd Ave has been closed off by the residents who live along the canal between Fowler Ave and Sunnyside Ave. You used to be able to move from the Enterprise Trail to the Dry Creek Trail, and vice versa, safely before the gates were put up. Now to get from one trail to the other, you must take one of two very less safe routes.

The Enterprise Trail is totally free from having to stop at any street light or stop sign, (unless you choose to take the extended path that is on Temperance Ave, just south of Alluvial Ave). Because of the lack of having to cross streets, and the way the trail is designed, it gives the trail a feeling of privacy and sanctuary .

When the canal is full, it is gorgeous and many geese, ducks, and coots love to float on the canal and explore the embankments. Many ground squirrels take up residence along the canal, and you will also see grey or red tree squirrels scamper around the trees. If you are on a mobile device (e.g. bike, scooter, skateboard, etc.) - watch out for lizards doing pushups and sunning themselves along the path.

During Spring and fall, the terrain of the flood control basin can be almost calendar-worthy lovely; with cranes, pelicans, coots, ducks and geese, to mention a few. There is also a large, panoramic view of the hills and mountains to the east that is often breathtaking.

In the summertime, dependent on the time of day, the trees lining the paved path on both sides provide much enjoyed shade. Again, dependent on the time of year, acorns often clutter the trail in abundance. If it rains, you may ride or walk through shallow puddles here and there, but nothing unpleasant or adverse.

It is a tranquil trail, quiet and pastoral. There are still some open fields, orchards, and such that you can enjoy along the way.

Parking is not exclusively provided for people to park when wishing to use the trail. You can, however, park in the nearby shopping centers' parking lots or find a spot in the neighborhoods near the trail.

Along the trail, there are gateways to the adjoining neighborhoods where you can enter and exit the trail. If you take one, about midway, you can join up with a very nice trail created in the middle of the housing area and it will take you to Temperance Ave.

The Enterprise Canal Trail is not as frequented by users as the Dry Creek Trail, which is a plus.

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Sacramento Northern Bikeway

Flat, decent ride w/lots of shade

June, 2021 by kimgerly

There were a number of traffic crossings, which can slow one down. But there are actually nice stretches without too much foot traffic, so one can grind hard if a sprint interval workout is the aim. Signage going southbound could be much better marked/made available.

Sure, there are a lot of homeless encampments--now I know where a great deal of the downtown curbside community folks have relocated. However, I found the curbside community folks to be friendly, and will acknowledge one/reciprocate if one pays them respect with a 'Hi/Hello' or a wave--they are human beings after all who have fallen on hard times. They'll even provide recommendations on scenic ride directions off this artery. But if one would prefer to be full of fear, best ride earlier in the day, after sunup, when these folks are likely napping and out of sight.

Almanor Rail Trail

beautiful views, odd paths

June, 2021 by carolbuck5714

We started on the trail at Olsens Barn I. Chester. Beautiful pasture. Flat. Worn down grass path to the river. And then...had to make our way on our town until we caught a very lightly worn path out to the lake. However, don’t go that far. The land is very wet and mossy. Turn onto the gravel path and take that as far as you can. Lovely 3.3mi walk this morning with the dogs.

San Gabriel River Trail

disappointing

June, 2021 by allana_tl

I hadn’t ridden this trail for 10-15 years; it has gotten cluttered with homeless camps, crowded with fast training groups crowding my lane, and aggravated with fast and slow ebikes and scooters- I’ll not ride it again.0

Whittier Greenway Trail

great bike ride

May, 2021 by trustkas

Great place to walk and ride. Well kept up and pretty flowers along the way.

Mission Bay Bike Path

mission path

May, 2021 by jim.manhart

Fantastic ride with the family. Some streets but mostly a beautiful ride around the bay. Jim, Caryn, Dylan

State Route 56 Bike Path

+++Protected Bikeway +++

May, 2021 by danignosci

All the prior reviews are accurate. I left from Carmel Ranch Community Park and followed the path toward Del Mar. The path is signed well and there are a couple forced stops to cross freeway off/on ramps. Currently there are some bumpy asphalt areas due to elevated tree roots, which are more challenging to see because they are in shaded areas. Overall, this protected bikeway was very fun to ride!!!

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

beautiful trail

May, 2021 by mlehill11

Beautiful, clean, well maintained, wide trail. Much of the way you have to option to be on a paved path or compact gravel. We went on a mild weathered Saturday afternoon and the trail was not busy at all. There are several intersections with lights you have to go through but it’s all very safe. Plenty of water fountains and rest break locations. Most of the trail abuts the backside of residential areas. Very little shade from sporadic trees. We felt super safe. Our GPS clocked in a little more that 18 miles (20).

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

Lots of nature along Aliso Creek

May, 2021 by melbadunn

My husband and I rode this trail again today. This is our third ride on the trail since February. It has fast become my favorite bike path. There is so much nature to see along the trail. Maneuvering through the detour was much easier this time.

Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

Detour on the trail

May, 2021 by melbadunn

We Love this trail and rode it for a second time last week. Please note, the trail is closed at the I 5 connection for a while They are doing construction. You will need to take a detour on surface streets to get across the 5. Be sure to take your GPS to maneuver safely through the detour.

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