First Day Hikes 2020

First Day Hikes

California State Parks invites the public to start 2020 in a healthy way by connecting to nature. What better way to do so than participating in the 10th 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, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

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:

  • Walk in forest environments including redwoods
  • Visiting historic sites
  • Climb to mountain top vistas
  • Walking on a beach
  • Enjoying desert 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 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, #HikeInto2020 and #CAStateParks.

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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 on its First Day Hike

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

Hikers will experience grasslands, oak woodlands, willow and cottonwood riparian habitats and the tule marsh habitat of the Anderson Marsh Natural Preserve. Hikers may encounter a variety of migrating and resident birds and other wildlife. Participants on both hikes are welcome to walk partway and make an early return at their own pace.


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.


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

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.


Angel Island First Day Hikers

Angel Island SP

Learn about the cultural and natural history of Angel Island, while hiking to the 788-foot summit of Mt. Livermore, including 140 trail stairs, switchbacks and moderate hills via the Northridge Trail. There will have time for lunch at the summit with 360-degree views of the Bay Area


Salt Point Hikers

Salt Point SP

The most exciting time of the year to see the wild beauty of the Sonoma Coast is midwinter, as the waves boom to shore, the dark clouds roil out over the Pacific Ocean and (thanks to our November rains) the first wildflowers begin to peep up. Even when the sky is moody and gray, the ocean is alive. What better way to begin the year than this bracing hike right at the water's edge and then safely view the heavy breakers rolling in.