First Day Hikes 2017
California State Parks invites the public to start 2017 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 50 state parks are scheduled to host more than 80 hikes and outings on New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017.
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:
- Snow hiking
- Visiting historic sites
- Waking on a beach
- Exploring parks nested in urban environments
- Whale, wildlife and bird watching
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 and #HikeInto2017.
2015 First Day Hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Bald Mountain Loop:Celebrate the New Year with a hike to Bald Mountain. This 6.5 to 7.4-mile hike will include a climb of 1,500 feet, featuring fantastic views of Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The hike is suitable for adults and youth 11-years-old and up.
Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail:
Come and experience this 1.5 mile moderate hike, over uneven, rocky ground to a beautiful desert overlook. Children welcome, but must be able to hike 2 miles.
2016 First Day Hike on the Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail
2016 First Day Hike at Fort Ross SHP with Father Christmas