First Day Hikes 2019


First Day Hikes
California State Parks invites the public to start 2019 in a healthy way by connecting to nature. What better way to do so than participating in the eighth annual First Day Hikes? 

This year, close to 50 state parks are scheduled to host more than 60 hikes and outings on New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

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:

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Bill Kenyon Overlook image


  • Snow hiking
  • Visiting historic sites
  • Walking on a beach
  • Enjoying desert environments
  • Take a swim, paddle or off-highway vehicle ride 
  • 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 and Canada 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 #FirstDayHike, #HikeInto2019 and #CAStateParks.

Carpinteria State Beach 2018 First Day Hike image

First Day Hikers hiking along the tide line at Carpinteria State Beach.          

Carpinteria State Beach:

Hiking along the tide line at Carpinteria State Beach. Join us for an approximately 6-mile round trip moderate hike along the bluffs and beach. Hikers will make a stop at the seal rookery, tar pits, and see other interesting points along the way.

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park:

Hikers gather for a group photo at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. The park will offer two options as hikers will experience grasslands, oak woodlands, willow and cottonwood riparian habitats and the tule marsh habitat of the Anderson Marsh Natural Preserve. Visitors may encounter a variety of migrating and resident birds and other wildlife.

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park 2018 First Day Hike Image

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park Hikers on its First Day Hike.                

 Red Rock Canyon State Park First Day Hikes 2018

Visitors hike through Red Rock Canyon State Park on its First Day Hike.   

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Hikers work their way across the landscape on a hike at Red Rock Canyon State Park. Take an all-day 9-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike into Nightmare Gulch with a side trip into the well-hidden “Secret Silent City.” The strenuous route option begins with a scramble over three ridges to enjoy the fabulous views.

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park:

A large group of hikers makes their way through Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park. Hikers can see soaring sandstone formations that are affectionately referred to as stone cathedrals. The park’s otherworldly terrain has been compared to the planet Mars.

Santa Susana Pass State Park 2018 First Day Hike Image

A large contingent of hikers enjoy a First Day Hike at Santa Susana Pass State Park.

Auburn State Recreation Area 2018 First Day Hike image

Scott Liske at Auburn State Recreation Area with First Day Hikers.         

Auburn State Recreation Area:

Hikers stop to hear from Ranger Scott Liske at Auburn State Recreation Area (with Foresthill Bridge in the background) last year. More than just a hike, see beautiful vistas, hear stories about the canyon and area history on this popular ranger-led hike