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First Day Hikes 2017

First Day Hikes
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:
Mount San Jacinto State Park


  •    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.

First Day Hikes 2014

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.

Anza Borrego Desert SP 2016 First Day Hike Image

2016 First Day Hike on the Bill Kenyon Overlook Trail             

Ft. Ross 2016 First Day Hike image

2016 First Day Hike at Fort Ross SHP with Father Christmas 

Cemetery Trail Walk/Talk - Beach/Reef Trail:

This is a beautiful walk along the Fort Ross creek ending at the cemetery. A 20-minute talk on the cemetery will be offered once there. We will then walk back out to the beach and over to the Reef Campground. Along the trail we might see some early spring wild flowers, as well as vistas of the ocean view and possibly Whale spouts. For this moderate 3-mile hike children are welcome.