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First Day Hikes 2016

First Day Hikes
California State Parks invites the public to start 2016 in a healthy way by connecting to nature, and what better way to do so than participating in the fourth annual First Day Hikes.

This year, more than 41 state parks are scheduled to host more than 55 hikes and outings on New Year's Day.

Visitors can enjoy hikes across the state, from the redwoods, the deserts and along the coast and beaches. Hikers can look for whales, birds, hug a tree or just get some healthy exercise in the outdoors. Other outdoor activities include:

  • Mount San Jacinto State Park   Paddling on a quiet lagoon
  •    Snow hiking
  •    Visiting historic sites
  •    Waking on a beach
  •    Off-road vehicle riding
  •    Walking or hiking the world’s smallest mountain range.

Visit the websites of participating state parks for specifics on the scale and rigor of the hikes. Below are the lists of participating parks in California and across the country:

California is a leader in the national First Day Hikes program, in which state parks in all 50 states participate. Hope you can join us!

Share your photos with us on our social media accounts – Facebook and Twitter - and hashtag your hiking pictures with #FirstDayHikes and  #FirstDayHikesCA.

First Day Hikes 2014 
2016 First Day Hikers at Humboldt Lagoons State Park.

First Day Hikes 2014 
2015 First Day Hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.

First Day Hikes 2014 
2015 First Day Hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park .