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2019 First Day Hikes Park List

This New Year’s Day 2019, California State Parks will participate in the 8th Annual First Day Hikes at parks across the state. This national-led effort encourages people to experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors with a seasoned guide so that they may be inspired to take advantage of these treasures throughout the year.

Dedicated docents, volunteers and staff will show visitors the wonders of California’s state parks. Distance and rigor will vary per hike/activity, so visitors are encouraged to check out details of start times and description of hikes. For a complete list and detailed information on the California State Park’s First Day Hikes, please visit the First Day Hikes webpage.

Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtags: #HikeInto2019, #FirstDayHike and #CAStateParks.

California State Parks First Day Hikes List (pdf)

In alphabetical order by County
(Updated December 24, 2018)

Calaveras County

Calaveras Big Trees State Park:

North Grove Wet Meadow Trail: The hike will explore the contributions the Civilian Conservation Corp made to the park and their continued influence in the park. This is an easy ADA accessible 1-mile hike but will involve uneven terrain, loose soil, a few slight hills and possibly snow.  Meet at Jack Night Hall at 11 a.m.Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 1170 East Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223. This hike is geared towards older school students and adults interested in 20th century history. Service dogs are permitted but pets are prohibited since we will be entering a park building as part of the hike. Bring water and snacks and dress in layered clothing, shoes/boots that are water resistant. Prepare for snow conditions and have chains for your vehicle. Weather conditions change rapidly in the Sierras and you should be prepared for rain and or snow. Pets are not allowed. Rain will cancel event. For information call (209) 795-2334.

Columbia State Historic Park:

Karen BakerTrail: The trail elevation is about 2,000-feet above sea level and winds through the oak woodland of the Sierra Foothills.  Likely things to see would be deer, birds, animal tracks, lichen and fungi. This is an easy to moderate 1-mile hike that starts at 8 a.m. and meets at the Schoolhouse Parking Lot on the north side of town, School House Street off of Pacific Street, Columbia, CA 95310.Bring water and snack and wear boots or shoes with good traction in case of mud. Children are welcome, bu the trail is not stroller friendly. Pets are welcome on a leash. Rain will cancel. For more information about the hike or cancellation information call (209) 588-9128.

Contra Costa County

Mount Diablo State Park: ($6.00 Park entry fee - exact change required)

Northside Trails: Start the New Year off with an outing on the rugged north side of Mount Diablo. First, we’ll hike up to Black Point (4.5 miles with 1,200-foot elevation gain) which features splendid views looking up Mitchell Canyon toward the Diablo summit. This will be followed by lunch alongside lovely Mitchell Creek near the Visitor Center. Then it’s off to climb Twin Peaks (4.5 miles, 1,200-foot elevation gain) which features outstanding views of both North Peak and the Diablo summit. It’s possible to do just the Black Point section or just the Twin Peaks section of the hike. For the Black Point segment, meet at 9:15 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center at the Mitchell Canyon Road Staging Area (96 Mitchell Canyon Road, Clayton CA). For the Twin Peaks segment, meet in front of the Visitor Center at 1 p.m. No pets please. Wear layered clothing, sturdy comfortable hiking shoes, bring lunch and plenty of water. Be prepared for mud and poison oak. Steady relaxed pace. This hike is not suitable for children under 10. Constant rain cancels. No reservations are needed. For cancellation information check the park Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Mount-Diablo-State-Park-1412040059025878/. This hike is sponsored by the Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club.

El Dorado County

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park:

Monroe Ridge Trail: The Monroe Ridge Trail offers the chance to view the Lotus community in the valley below at the first rest stop. At the second stop, you look down to where James W. Marshall discovered gold on Jan. 24, 1848. That discovery prompted people worldwide to race to the tiny town of Coloma, resulting in the largest voluntary migration of people in North America. The elevation changes from around 700 feet above sea level at the museum to 1276 feet above sea level at the highest trail point. Meet at the park museum at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. A strenuous trail to begin the hike then moderate. Children should be age nine or older. No pets or strollers please. Boots are recommended. Bring a water bottle and wear layered clothes. Heavy rain will cancel. For cancellation information, call (530) 622-3470.

Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park:

West Shore Hike: Join our State Park Interpreter for an easy and fun 90 minute 1.5-mile walk along Lake Tahoe’s magical west shore. Discover what attracted Tahoe’s earliest settlers and uncover secrets of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate in Sugar Pine Point State Park. Meet at 11 a.m. near the restrooms in the Day-Use side of the park (lakeside entrance off Highway 89). No pets are allowed please. Wear warm layered clothing, waterproof hiking boots, and bring your own snowshoes.Snowshoes can be rented at a local sporting goods shop. If there is minimal snow, the hike will proceed without snowshoes. For cancellation information call (530) 525-7982.

Humboldt County

Humboldt Lagoons State Park:

Paddle/Swim Stone Lagoon: This year will offer two aquatic ways to enjoy a First Day in a park. Enjoy a paddle trip with your kayak, stand-up-paddleboard or canoe and gear. Please call in advance for rental reservations. All participants must wear a properly fitted life jacket. Join this easy ranger-guided paddle trip or enjoy Stone Lagoon on your own. Wear clothing and shoes that can get wet. This paddle is approximately 4-miles round-trip. Otherwise, join some hardy souls for a one-mile swim. Be prepared for chilly temperatures. Bring snacks and water. No pets please. All ages are encouraged. Windy conditions or inclement weather can cancel. Call (707) 845-6171 for cancellation information.

Humboldt Lagoons State Park is part of the largest lagoon system in the United States and considered a sacred place by the Yurok people, the largest tribe of native people in California. This is an excellent location to see migrant bird species and native waterfowl, elk, otters, and whales from the beach on Stone Lagoon’s western shore.

Imperial County

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area:

Southern Park Trails: Join us as we travel to several sites in the southern region of Ocotillo Wells to discover the mysteries of scat, tracks and holes. See your park as you have never seen it before. This is a 30-mile ride with a half-mile walk. You’ll need a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle or a vehicle designed for off-highway use (i.e. ATV, motorcycle, buggy, etc.) Meet at the Ocotillo Wells SVRA Discovery Center at 9 a.m. Children are welcome. No pets please. Check Facebook (Ocotillo Wells SVRA, https://www.facebook.com/OcotilloWellsSVRA) or call 760-767-5393 (OW Discovery Center) to check if weather cancels.

Kern County

Red Rock Canyon State Park:

Nightmare Gulch Trail: Take an all-day, 9-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike into Nightmare Gulch with a side trip into the well-hidden “Secret Silent City.” Participants will be back by approximately 4 p.m. The strenuous option begins with a scramble over three ridges to enjoy the fabulous views, and includes an elevation gain/loss of approximately 3000 feet. The hike is not for beginners. Please bring LOTS of water, sun protection, snack and lunch, comfortable hiking shoes, and layered clothing. Young children are not recommended. No dogs are allowed. Meet at 9 a.m.at the dirt lot on the east side of Highway 14, 3/4 miles north of Abbot Road in Red Rock Canyon State Park. Heavy rain will cancel. For cancellation information we will post on our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/RedRockCanyonStatePark.

Lake County

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park: This park will offer two options this year: the McVicar Trail and the Cache Creek, Marsh and Ridge Trail Loop. 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. Both hikes begin at noon at the park off Hwy 53, between Lower Lake and Clearlake. Children of all ages are welcome. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and a hat. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars if you have them.

McVicar Trail:  A leisurely walk along the McVicar Trail and back, which leads from the parking lot to the shores of Clear Lake, across from Indian Island. The entire walk is a little over 7½ miles of mainly flat terrain and should take between three-to-four hours, depending on how many times we stop to admire what we see along the way.

Cache Creek, Marsh and Ridge Trail Loop: A 3½-mile loop over these three trails, passing by a vernal pool near the end. This shorter hike will take between two-to-two-and-a-half hrs.

Steady rain will cancel – to confirm or check for cancelation information, call (707) 995-2658 or email info@andersonmarsh.org, or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AMIA.org


Clear Lake State Park:

Kelsey Creek Trail: The hike will be an easy hike about 1.5 miles in length on the improved, relatively flat, Kelsey Creek Trail. We will also walk along the shore of Clear Lake to view: Western and Clark's Grebes, American White Pelicans, assorted ducks, cormorants, gulls, and if we are lucky an American Bald Eagle or two. Participants should meet in the Visitor Center parking lot at 10 a.m. Dress for the weather and have sturdy walking/hiking shoes. Bring water, snacks, binoculars and a camera. Rain/snow will cancel the hike. Call (707) 279-4293 for cancellation information.

Los Angeles County

Saddleback Butte State Park

Saddleback Butte Trail: This is a 5-mile, moderate-to-strenuous hike with 1,000 feet of altitude gain that will offer incredible views across the Mojave Desert. Layered clothing highly recommended; it can be very windy at the top. Meet at Saddleback Butte SP Day-use Area at 9 a.m. Location: 17102 East Avenue J, Lancaster (corner of 170th St E and East Avenue J, 19 miles east of Hwy 14, near Lake Los Angeles). Please bring water, sun protection, comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing, snack, and optional lunch to enjoy in the park’s picnic area after returning from the hikes. No pets allowed. For cancellation information check www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte.

Hike Across the Park: This 4.3 mile, 1 ¾-hour easy-to-moderate hike on the Little Butte Trail to the Equestrian Trail will offer beautiful high desert views over the Antelope Valley. This is a great winter’s hike. We will meet at Saddleback Butte State Park Day-use Area at 10 a.m. Location: 17102 East Avenue J, Lancaster (corner of 170th St E and East Avenue J, 19 miles east of Hwy 14, near Lake Los Angeles). Please bring water, sun protection, comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing, snack, and optional lunch to enjoy in the park’s picnic area after returning from the hikes. No pets are allowed. For cancellation information check www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte.

Dowen Nature Trail: This ½ mile, ranger-led interpretive tour along the nature trail is an easy hike and will offer a chance to learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the local area. Meet at Saddleback Butte State Park Day-use Area at 11 a.m. Location: 17102 East Avenue J, Lancaster (corner of 170th St E and East Avenue J, 19 miles east of Highway 14, near Lake Los Angeles). Please bring water, sun protection, comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing, snack, and optional lunch to enjoy in the park’s Picnic Area after returning from the hikes. No pets are allowed. The trail is paved for wheelchair/stroller accessible. For cancellation information please check www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte.

Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park:

Welcome Walk (Miranda Loop): On this moderate hike you 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. The SSPSHP hike meets at the park’s Andora Trailhead entrance at 9955 Andora Street just south of Lassen Street at 11 a.m. California State Parks volunteers will lead a moderate 2-mile hike. Allow two-three hours. Bring water, sunscreen, and wear a hat, good shoes and long pants (flip flops and shorts not a good idea in this terrain.) Well-behaved dogs with owners on leash are welcome.Rain cancels the hike. For information email santasusanafriends@gmail,com, call (818) 784-4849 or check the park Facebook page.

Marin County

Angel Island State Park:

Sunset trail, Fire Road and Perimeter Road: Hikers will learn about Angel Island State Park’s cultural and natural history as they wind up and around on the island’s hiking trails, unpaved, and paved roads while taking in the spectacular views of the Bay Area. Great views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate weather permitting. The hike is 4 miles on hiking trails and dirt roads, including trail stairs (not stroller-friendly).  Minimum age for children is age 10. No pets please. Meet at the Ayala Cove ferry dock on the island. For ferry schedules & ticket information visit www.angelislandferry.com(Tiburon) or www.blueandgoldfleet.com (San Francisco). Bring water bottle, lunch, rain gear if needed (hike will happen rain or shine), dress in layers. For more information check Tours.Angelisland@parks.ca.gov

Mount Tamalpais State Park:  

Rock Spring Trail to East Peak: Mount Tamalpais State Park is known for the serenity and quietude of a variety of natural environments and the great views of the Bay Area. Mount Tamalpais inspires pleasure and healthful feelings. There are four different moderate-to-strenuous hikes with four different routes to choose. These are 7-10-miles round-trip. Hikers can choose a degree of difficulty. Meet at the Rock Springs parking lot 15-20 minutes prior to the 9:30 a.m. start time to be organized into groups. This hike is for children age 14 and older. Bring reusable water bottles, snacks, bagged lunch, hiking shoes/boots, hiking poles, warm layered clothing. No pets please. Hike is scheduled rain or shine. For more information, check the park event web page at https://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/10899. This hike is made possible through a collaboration with Friends of Mount Tam which provides knowledgeable hike leaders.

Mountain Theatre Walk: Learn about the history of the Mountain Theatre. Mount Tamalpais State Park is known for the serenity and quietude of a variety of natural environments and the great views of the Bay Area. Meet at the entrance to the theatre at 10:30 a.m. This is an easy 12-mile walk. All ages welcome. Pets on leash are allowed on walks. Bring reusable water bottles, snacks, bagged lunch, hiking shoes/boots, hiking poles, warm layered clothing. Check on the park event page https://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/10899 for information on cancellation.

Verna Dunshee Walk: Enjoy the views on this accessible trail at the East Peak. Meet at 1 p.m. at the East Peak restrooms. This is an easy 1-mile hike. All ages welcome and pets on leash. Bring reusable water bottles, snacks, bagged lunch, walking shoes, and warm layered clothing. For cancellation information check the park event page https://www.parks.ca.gov/Events/Details/10899

Mendocino County

Mendocino Headlands State Park:

Headlands Trail: Meet the docent at the Ford House Visitor Center in Mendocino at 1:00 p.m. Walk along the coastal trail with views of the Pacific Ocean and the historic village of Mendocino. Could potentially see whales, coastal birds and plants. Learn about the annual migration of gray whales. There will be a discussion on the history of Mendocino as we walk along the trail. This is an easy 1-mile hike. Children of all ages welcome. Dogs permitted on leash. Rain will cancel this event. Wear layered clothing. Bring binoculars, water and a camera. For more information, call (707) 937-5397.

Van Damme State Park:

Spring Ranch Trail: The annual gray whale migration is in progress. Join us on this guided First Day Hike along the bluffs of our famous rocky coastline to watch for whales and other wildlife. The gray whales are on their way to Baja, California where they will calve and breed before heading back to Alaska to feed during the summer months. Binoculars provided. Hike to take place rain or shine. Free and open to the public. The hike beings at 11 a.m. The trailhead is at the pullout on the west side of Highway 1 directly across from Gordon Lane. (Mile marker 49.04.) This is an easy-to-moderate 1.25-mile hike. All ages and dogs on leash are welcome. Bring water and snacks. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Camera recommended and binoculars provided. In case of extreme weather, call (707) 961-0471 or www.facebook.com/Ca.StateParksMendocinoSector for cancellation information.

Monterey County

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Ground:

Boardwalk and Beach: Due to an overwhelming response, reservations are now full for the January 1, First Day Hike at Asilomar State Beach. Unfortunately, we are unable to maintain a waiting list. For those who still want to come out to the beach to explore on January 1, our tour leader will be available at the Asilomar Tide Pool following each hike (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) to answer questions about the geology and animals that inhabit the Rocky Intertidal Zone. We also have two self-guided tour brochures available at the CA State Parks desk located inside the Phoebe Hearst Social Hall located on the Conference Grounds: “Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve” and “Asilomar Coast Trail”. These informative brochures are free and have maps of the habitat areas.

Nevada County

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park:

Blair-Slaughterhouse Trail: This is a lovely 1.5 to 2 hour long moderate hike on a well maintained trail from the historic town of North Bloomfield towards Blair Lake and following Humbug Creek.  Historic sluice channels, riveted metal pipes and other gold mining related artifacts are evident.  The trail climbs up and into the campground to the Diggins Overlook with amazing views of the region mined hydraulically in the 1800’s.  We then hike back towards town via Slaughterhouse and Church Trails, which lead us past the old cemetery and into the main part of town. Pre-registration is requested. In order to assure quality experience and safety, we are limiting the hike to the first 30 registrants. To register at this link.

Meet at 9:30 a.m.t register at the picnic area across from the museum in the historic town area of the park, 23579 North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water, snacks, and a lunch for after the hike. Children must be 8 or older. No pets are permitted. Snow or rain cancel the hike.  Check at http://malakoffdigginsstatepark.org/

Orange County

Crystal Cove State Park

Loop Trail: TWe’ll look for birds, bobcats, butterflies, and buckwheat. Enjoy a beautiful morning on the trails and in the canyon at Crystal Cove State Park. This 3-mile moderate hike has a steep trail in some places. Children must be eight or older. Meet at Berns Amphitheater (School-State Park entrance, follow signs to the campground) Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 at 9 a.m. Dogs are not permitted on trails (not even in a purse.) There is a $15 day-use fee. Please bring water, sun protection, hat, comfortable hiking shoes, layered clothing and snack. Rain will cancel. Park closed the day after rain so if in doubt call (949) 494-3539 or check www.crystalcovestatepark.org.

Placer County

Auburn State Recreation Area

Confluence Loop- More than just a hike, see beautiful vistas, hear stories about the canyon and area history on this popular ranger led 3.5 mile hike.  The hike will take approx. 3 to 4 hours.  We will stop many times along the hike for breaks.  A moderate hike with one steep downhill and one steep climb. Meet at the Range Office at 501 El Dorado Street Auburn at 10:00 a.m. Parking is limited so carpooling is recommended. Easy access off I 80 to the station, approx. 2 ½ miles via Hwy 49 South. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent. Dress for the weather; rain gear and layers (There will be a big difference in the air temperature between the shade areas and full sun.)  Bring snacks & water in a daypack or camelback type pack. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended and trekking or hiking poles come in handy.  Bring, water, snacks and your camera. There is no drinking water available on the trail. Heavy rain will cancel. For more information check the park Facebook page.

Riverside County

Lake Perris State Recreation Area:

Russell Peak Trail: Hike to the highest peak at Lake Perris. At the top enjoy the scenic views of the lake and the surrounding mountains and valleys. This approximately 4.5-mile strenuous hike starts simple with a rolling fire road, goes into rocky trail with some steep elevation gain, little to no shade. Expect to see small animals and possible deer or coyote. Red tailed hawk is also around the area. Atop the peak see a glorious scenic view of Lake Perris. Meet at the Hunter’s lot located at the east end of the park near the group camp, Lake Perris State Recreation Area, 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA 92571 at 10 a.m. for this 2 ½ hour hike. Bring water, closed-toed shoes, jacket, hat, sunscreen and your walking stick.  This hike is recommend for children eight years and older. No pets please. If you have any questions please call (951) 940-5647 or check the park Facebook page.

Grassland Trail: Breathe the fresh air and catch glimpses of local birds on this guided nature walk. Enjoy views of the lake and possibility spot migratory birds. This is an easy 1-2 mile walk. The trail is not suitable for strollers; however, it is family friendly with no age limit. Dogs are not allowed.Meet at the Hunter’s parking lot near the Group Camp Area, Lake Perris State Recreation Area, 17801 Lake Perris Drive, Perris, CA 92571 at 10 a.m. Bring a jacket and water and wear closed-toed shoes. For cancellation information call the park museum at (951) 940-5657 or check the park Facebook page.

Mount San Jacinto State Park:

Desert View Trail: This 1.5-mile hike will allow visitors to enjoy the high mountain environment in winter, with five different spectacular view points of the desert floor and Coachella Valley. Hikers must take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the location. For information about taking the tram click here. (Wait times can be up to five hours so please arrive early. This hike is easy to moderate in difficulty and takes place at altitudes over 8,500 feet. Snow may be present so be prepared with snowshoes or crampons or micro spikes. Bringwater, food, warm and extra clothing, eye protection, gloves, and hat as temperatures can be in the single digits. Wear warm cold weather clothing and bring water, and snacks. This hike is recommend for children 5 years and older who may need to know how to snowshoe.  It is not stroller or wheel chair accessible.  Hikers will meet at the Long Valley Ranger Station located near the top of the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway at 12 p.m.  If you have any questions please call (760) 327-0222. For cancellation information check the park Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Mt-San-Jacinto-State-Park-Wilderness-1048769248490815/.

Salton Sea State Recreation Area:

Iron Wood Nature Trail: Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m. for the first Bird Walk of 2018.  Learn about the birds in and around the Salton Sea. The 2-mile hike will take approximately one and a half hours and be sure to wear comfortable shoes, a brimmed hat, and bring binoculars and water.  The Salton Sea Visitor Center is located at 100-225 State Park Rd, Mecca, CA 92254.  There is a $7 day use fee per vehicle to enter the park, and seniors age 62 and older are $5. Call (760) 393-3810 for cancellation information.

Wildwood Canyon Park Property:

TBA: Enjoy the natural surroundings of old oak groves and be prepared to catch glimpses of wildlife. This is a moderate hike of 2-3 miles. Family friendly with no age limit. Strollers are not recommended. Infants should be in carriers. Meet at the concrete area near the parking, Wildwood Canyon Park Property, 12241 Canyon Drive, Yucaipa, CA 92399 lot at 2 p.m. Bring a jacket and water and wear closed-toed shoes. For cancellation information call the Lake Perris Museum at (951) 940-5657 or check the park Facebook page

Sacramento County

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area:

Lake Natoma and American River Canyon: Noted amateur photographers Kathy Kayner and Gene McKinnon will co-lead this easy 3-hour hike within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. The hike begins at picturesque Lake Natoma, continues east along the south side of the American River Canyon, and back. There will be many photo opportunities with coaching from Kathy and Gene. If you choose to not bring your camera, that’s fine, too. Come for the hike! RSVP is required. The hike will start at the parking lot at the east end of Negro Bar off Greenback Lane near Folsom. A map and park pass and weather/cancellation updates will be sent to those who RSVP. This is an easy 3-mile hike starting at 8 a.m. Children must be age 12 and supervised. No pets please. Bring water, snack, appropriate clothing for the weather, and good walking shoes. A water resistant hat and jacket if there is a chance of a showers. Binoculars recommended. To RSVP for this hike, send a text or call Jim Cassio at (707) 975-5376. Be sure to give Jim the names and cell phone numbers of all those going on the hike, along with their email addresses.

San Benito County

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area 

Bird Creek Road:  A scenic, family-friendly 1.5 mile hike along Bird Creek with the potential to see lots of wildlife. Meet at Nature Area Entrance – Lower Ranch. 7800 Cienega Road, Hollister, CA 95023 at 10 a.m. No strollers please. Dogs are allowed on leash. Bring water, snack, layered clothing and wear hiking shoes. For cancellation information go to social media: @hollisterhillssvra; web: ohv.parks.ca.gov/hollisterhills; email Hollister.Hills@parks.ca.gov; or phone (831) 636-2065call (831) 637-3874.

San Diego County

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park:

Alcoholic Pass Trail: Experience and discover the prehistory, history, and present-day journey of those who have used this trail for food, water, work, and fun on this 2-mile hike. This is a strenuous hike over steep, rocky terrain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the north end of Di Giorgio Road for carpooling to the trailhead. Children eight and older please. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots, sun protection; hiking stick (optional.) Call the visitor center at 760-767-4205 for cancellation information.

Borrego Mountain West Butte: Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate 3-mile (roundtrip) hike to the top of one of our smaller peaks, but with great views! There will be some walking on narrow ridges and scrambling on rocks toward the summit on this moderate hike over rocky terrain. Meet at 9 a.m. just off Highway #78 at the intersection of Buttes Pass Road, 1.5 miles east of Borrego Springs Road. No minimum age for children is 8. No pets please. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots, sun protection, and a hiking stick (optional) and wear hiking boots. Heavy rain can cancel. For information call the visitor center at (760) 767-4205.

Hornblende Canyon:  Expect to see colorful rocks, artifacts, and even an old mine on this moderate 5-mile hike. Limited to 11 participants. Please sign up at the Visitor Center. Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot for Hellhole Canyon (on S-22) to carpool. Children must be eight and must be able to walk 5 miles over uneven ground. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Wear a hat, hiking boots and layers. Call 760-767-4205 for cancellation information.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park:

Stonewell Peak Trail: This moderate hike will be 3.2 miles through meadows and hills. Please bring plenty of water and snacks, wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers because of our changeable mountain weather. The hike begins at 9 a.m. Meet at the Stonewall Mine parking area off Highway 79. Minimum age is eight. No pets please. Rain cancels the hike. For cancellation information check the Cuyamaca Rancho SP Facebook page.

Ocotillo Wells State Vehicle Recreation Area:

Custom Guided Route Ride/HikeJoin us as we travel to several sites in the southern region of Ocotillo Wells to discover the mysteries of scat, tracks and holes. See your park like you have never seen it before! This is an easy 30-mile ride with a half-mile hike. You’ll need a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle or a vehicle designed for off-highway use (i.e. ATV, motorcycle, buggy, etc.) Bring water and snacks and dress appropriately. Meet at the Ocotillo Wells SVRA Discovery Center at 9 a.m. Children are welcome but no pets please. Weather can lead to cancellation. To check on event status go to Facebook (Ocotillo Wells SVRA, https://www.facebook.com/OcotilloWellsSVRA) or call-760-767-5393 (OW Discovery Center).

South Carlsbad State Beach:

South Ponto Beach Sandy Beach and Bluff Overlook Trail: Join California State Parks for the annual “Land and See” First Day Hike. Gather at 9:00 a.m. at the South Ponto Day Use Lot Restrooms for this 1-mile hike. Hikers will stroll along the shore to learn about the animals that live and feed on our sandy beach. Then climb to the top of the bluff overlook to look for dolphins, sea lions and hone your skills for the upcoming whale season. This is an easy hike of about a mile. Children are welcome. Bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and sun protection. Pets are not allowed. Rain or shine. Call (760) 579-8914 for information.

San Luis Obispo County

Hearst San Simeon State Park:

Shore Life at Moonstone Beach Boardwalk:  Through a spotting scope, observe shore birds, marine mammals, and the wide variety of plants and animals that are adapted to the ever-changing environment of the tidal zone.  Learn how we can protect this sensitive ecosystem.  Tide pool guides will be provided to intertidal explorers. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Boardwalk off Moonstone Beach Drive off Highway 1 north of Cambria, CA (.  GPS (latitude, longitude) coordinates 35.57779, -121.1153.).  Children of all ages welcome. Dogs are allowed on the boardwalk on a leash. If exploring the tide pools, wear closed toe shoes that can get wet, dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Rain can cancel. For information call (805) 927-2010.  

Morro Bay State Park:

Marina Boardwalk Trail: Enjoy panoramic views of the bay. Walk through a variety of habitats including; an estuary, sandspit, mud flats, and the salt marsh. This hike will have scenic views of the Morros (chain of volcanic plugs through San Luis Obispo County) and is a great place for birdwatching.  We will be learning about Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) and the importance they have to the health of our oceans. We will also be learning about the various seabirds that come to Morro Bay and how their health and behaviors are a good indicator for the health of our MPA’s. This is an easy .7-mile hike for all ages. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Marina Parking Lot across from the campground (east side of the parking lot.) Wear layers and close-toed sturdy walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen, hat, and snacks if you’d like. No pets please. Email robin.hazard@parks.ca.gov or check the website for the Central California State Parks Association Adventures with Nature web page  for cancellation information.

Morro Strand State Beach:

Beach Walk: Take a walk along the beach at low tide to celebrate the New Year and to see what ocean curiosities show up. Meet outside the Morro Rock parking lot restrooms at 1 p.m. Dress for the weather. Strollers and wheelchairs encouraged, but should have big tires for sand. No dogs please. Rain or shine unless pouring rain cancels.

Morro Strand State Park:

Morro Strand South: Life and Times on the Shore: Take a 1-mile stroll along the beach to learn about geology, and see life and shore animals. This is an easy family-oriented hike for all ages although children must be accompanied by an adult. Wear a jacket and shoes that can get wet, and bring water. No pets are allowed. Meet at the Morro Strand Park entrance, Yerba Buena Street exit from Highway 1 at 11 a.m. Rain or shine unless pouring.

Pismo State Beach:

Grove/Boardwalk/Beach Nature Walk: Enjoy an easy stroll through the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove and boardwalk trail, and return on the beach. Along the way, we will discuss the area’s history, the monarchs, Pismo clams, sand dollars, shorebirds, and native flora and fauna. Meet at the benches at the Butterfly Grove (455 S. Dolliver, Pismo Beach, CA 93449.) This is an easy hike of about a mile and all ages are welcome. Dress in layers and bring water. In case of rain, updates can be found on our Facebook Page, Oceano Dunes District- Pismo, or by calling 805-474-2664 for information.

San Mateo County

Año Nuevo State Park:

Guided Elephant Seal Walks: Año Nuevo means “new year.” What better way to start 2018 than with a moderate 3-mile hike. Tours are from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Purchasing reservations in advance are strongly recommended at ReserveCalifornia (800) 444-4445 or www.reservecalifornia.com. Cost is $7 per person. Visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals and watch the bulls defend their territory, while pregnant females ready to birth their pups. Please meet at the Marine Education Center. Layers, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised. No pets, umbrellas or strollers. The walk will happen, rain or shine—hopefully not rain! The hike is recommended for all ages; children must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or see the parks website at www.parks.ca.gov/anosealwalks.

Equal Access Seal Tours: Año Nuevo means “new year.” What better way to start 2018 than with an easy 1.5-mile (wheelchair-accessible boardwalk) hike. Tours begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Advance reservations are strongly recommended at ReserveCalifornia (800) 444-4445 or www.reservecalifornia.com. Cost is $7 per person. Visit a large colony of Northern elephant seals and watch the bulls defend their territory, while pregnant females ready to birth their pups. Please meet at the Marine Education Center. Layers, sturdy shoes, and rain gear is strongly advised, no pets (Service dogs admitted with previous notice). Due to limited space, each person with mobility needs can bring up to two guests/assistants,) no umbrellas or strollers. The walk will happen, rain or shine—hopefully not rain. The hike is recommended for all ages children must be accompanied by parent. For more information, please call (650) 879-2025 or email Ano.EqualAccess@parks.ca.gov.

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Property:

Mills Creek Trail: Learn about the lives of the first pioneers and farming families. See California’s only known example of an English-style dairy barn. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay, Calif. This is an easy hike of about two miles open to children age seven or older accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Bring water, wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Rain can cancel. Call 650-726-8814 for cancellation information.

Montara State Beach:

Gray Whale Cove Trail: Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife and historic sites remnants from the Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII-era bunkers. Meet at 10 a.m. at the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Tom Lantos tunnel. This is an easy hike and children age seven are welcome with an adult. No pets please. Bring water, wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Rain cancels. For cancellation information 650-726-8814.

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve:

Preserve Nature Trail: Join us for a 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh with popular spots for good bird watching. Meet at 10 a.m. at Pescadero State Beach central parking lot Highway 1, approximately ¼ mile north of Pescadero Creek Road Pescadero, CA. This is an easy hike and children age seven and older are welcome with an adult. No pets please. Bring water, wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Rain could cancel. Call 650-726-8814 for cancellation information.

Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park:

Mel’s Lane: Take a trip back in time while exploring the rocky coast of California. Learn about historic shipwrecks and the significance of the lighthouse, which helps to guide vessels to their final destination today. An easy ¾-mile hike for all ages. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the park picnic area Pigeon Point Light Station, State Historic Park, 210 Pigeon Point Road, off Highway 1

Pescadero, CA 94060. Bring water and snacks. Dress in layers as weather tends to be windy and foggy with sunshine during the afternoon. No pets or smoking please. Service dogs welcome. For cancellation information email Leslie.Reyes@parks.ca.gov.

Santa Barbara County

Carpinteria State Park:

Beach and Bluff Walk to the Rincon: Join us for an approximately 6-mile round trip moderate hike along the bluffs and beach from Carpinteria State Beach to Rincon Point. Although mostly flat, one section of trail is from the bluff down to the beach, and on the way back a hill climb from beach to bluff. Hikers will make a stop at the seal rookery, tar pits, and see other interesting points along the way. We will meet at Carpinteria State Beach Kiosk (Entrance Station) at 12 p.m. Please bring water, snacks sturdy shoes, also sun protection and a camera if desired. Recommended for children age 10 or older. There are three restrooms along the way. Dogs on leash permitted. For cancellation information call (805) 684-2811, ext. 0. 

Dec. 31st: La Purísima Mission State Historic Park:

La Artimisia and Santa Rita Trail LoopCelebrate the last day of 2018 with a ranger-led hike through La Purísima Mission’s back country. Learn about the Burton Mesa Chaparral and the creatures that call it home while enjoying beautiful views of Lompoc valley, Purisima Hills and the historic Mission grounds. Older children (able to walk/hike 2 miles), adults & people-friendly dogs welcome (strollers not recommended on soft sand and narrow trails). Hike will happen rain or shine. Older children (able to walk/hike 2 miles), adults & people-friendly dogs welcome (strollers not recommended on soft sand and narrow trails). Hike will happen rain or shine. No strollers (soft sand and narrow trails), people-friendly dogs on leash only please. Comfortable enclosed walking/hiking shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt and jacket, pack water and snack are recommended. For more information, call (805) 735-3712.

Santa Cruz County

There is a $10 vehicle day use fee for most Santa Cruz District parks.  First Day Hikes are free.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park(Park headquarters is located at 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek, CA, 95006. For cancellation information on all Big Basin Parks, call (831) 338-8861. - There are no pets allowed on these hikes.)

Buzzard’s Roost: Join docents for a 5-mile hike to Buzzard’s Roost. We’ll take an early 9 a.m. hike in hopes of seeing things that might be hiding later in the day and share our findings as we go. We’ll watch the environment change as we climb and enjoy the view from the top. Hikers should be able to do a steady uphill grade for 2.5 miles (elevation gain about 1,200 ft.), but we’ll go at a pace that allows us to enjoy what we see. Hikers should be able to do a steady uphill walk over 2.5 miles (1,200-foot elevation gain) but we’ll go at a pace that allows us to enjoy what we see. Meet at the park headquarters office. Wear good walking shoes, dress in layers, and bring snacks.

Sempervirens Falls Trail: This beautiful hike takes you by Sempervirens Falls, old-growth redwoods, Ohlone grinding rocks, the birthplace of Big Basin and more. Join us on this 4-mile, 3-hour hike. Bring water and snacks. Wear good hiking shoes and layers. Children must be able to complete a 4-mile hike of moderate difficulty. No pets please. Meet at park headquarters at 10 a.m. 

Redwood Grove Loop Walk: How do these grand redwoods grow to be so old? So tall? How are they important to humans? Join us for this fun and informative easy guided half-mile stroll through a magnificent old-growth redwood forest. Meet the famous Mother Tree, the Father of the Forest and the incredible Chimney Tree on this 90-minute walk. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. This easy hike is suitable for all ages. Bring walking shoes and water. Meet at park headquarters at 1 p.m. Heavy rain cancels. 

Discover Big Basin Redwoods Hike: Explore the park’s less-traveled backcountry. This moderately paced hike is individually tailored to your group. Based on group size, experience level and weather conditions, we'll choose from the many trails that explore our most scenic areas. Bring water and snacks. Wear good hiking shoes and layers. No pets please. Meet at park headquarters at 12 p.m.

Big Basin State Park – Rio del Oso unit: Skyline to Sea Bypass Trail: Join State Parks naturalist Jeremy Lin on a 4-mile natural and cultural exploration of Rancho del Oso. We will begin at stunning Waddell Beach and make our way into the beautiful coastal valley. We will talk about native plants and look for birds, reptiles, and amphibians along the way. Please RSVP to jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov if you plan to attend this hike. Bring water, snacks and sun protection. Wear good hiking shoes and layers. The minimum age is 12. Meet at Waddell Beach parking lot on Highway 1, 17 miles north of Santa Cruz, 3600 Highway 1, Davenport, CA, 95017.

Castle Rock State Park:

Castle Rock Loop Trail: Join us on a hike to Castle Rock and Castle Rock Falls. During this trip, we will discuss Castle Rock’s unique geology, plant diversity, human impacts, and various important preservationists that helped give Castle Rock State Park the protections we have today. This is an easy 1.5–mile two-hour hike. Meet at 11 a.m. at the park entrance parking lot at 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95030. Minimum age is 10 with a parent. Please bring water, closed-toe shoes, a camera, and snacks. Call (831) 291-8273 for information.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park:  (For cancellation information, call the visitor center phone (831) 335-7077. No pets please.)

Campground to Observation Deck #1 Birding: Please join us for a morning avian stroll to hear and see some of the amazing birds that reside in our park, from hawks to Juncos—maybe even a woodpecker or two. Meet at 8 a.m. at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95060.This is a moderate hike and children must be calm and quiet to not disturb or scare the birds. The length of the hike will be determined by what we see. Bring water, snack and binoculars (there will be some for loan.) For cancellation information, call the visitor center phone (831) 335-7077. No pets please.

Fall Creek – Limekiln Trail: Hike through a 100-year young forest to examine evidence of the logging history and discover how the Bay Area was built. Join us at one of the park’s hidden treasures and explore the beauty of Fall Creek. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Fall Creek parking lot approximately ½ mile up Felton Empire Road from the Highway 9 Intersection in Felton. This is a moderate 4-mile hike. Children must be able to complete the four-hour hike. No pets please. Bring water and snacks and wear warm clothing (it can get cold in the morning.) Rain cancels.

Campground to Observation Deck Loop #2: Experience the great biodiversity of Henry Cowell on this easy 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike. We will hike through the sand hills, a habitat unique to Santa Cruz County, as well as walk through the redwood forest and other habitats of the park. We will observe how controlled burns have helped protect the native habitat of the sand hills and learn about the plants and animals endemic to it, taking our time to look for rare plants, fungi, banana slugs, or whatever interesting things we can spot along the way. This 3-mile hike will take about 2.5 hours. Children must be able to complete a moderate hike. Bring water and a snack. Wear sturdy walking shoes and layers. Meet at 8 a.m. at the campground parking lot off Graham Hill Road, 2591 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95060. 

Fall Creek Unit, trails to be determined: Come explore the new sand hills acquisition at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. See the hidden treasures and unique geology, plants, and animals of an amazing and fragile ecosystem. Don’t miss out on this special opportunity to see a relatively unknown part of this magnificent park. Meet at 11 a.m. at the Probation Center parking lot 3650 Graham Hill Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95060. Bring water and snack. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and layers. This hike will be a moderate hike of 2-3 miles for about two hours. Children must be able to complete a 2-hour hike.

Visitor Center to Observation Deck and Back: There and back again – from the redwoods to the river to the sand hills, come and experience the multitude of habitats that can be found here at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Then join us and the acorn woodpeckers for lunch at the observation deck before returning to the redwoods of Henry Cowell. Meet at 11 a.m. at the visitor center at 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018 off Highway 9. This is a moderate 4.5-mile hike. Children should be able to complete a 3.5-hour hike. Bring a lunch or snack and water. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and layers.

Redwood Loop #1: Come and walk through the majesty of an old-growth redwood forest. Hear the story of the redwoods and learn what makes the Sequoia sempervirens, the tallest trees in the world so special on our way to Cable Car Beach and back. This is an easy hike of 1.4 miles. Meet at 12 p.m. at the visitor center located in the day-use area, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018 off Highway 9 in Felton. All ages welcome. Bring water.

Redwood Loop #2 – Redwoods, Evolution and the Changing Climate: Please join us for a stroll through the magnificent forest. As we wander past trees that are millennia old, we will learn about their evolution and relationship to our changing climate. An easy 1-mile hike for all ages. Bring water. Dress in walking shoes and layers. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Visitor Center located in the day-use area, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018 off Highway 9 in Felton.

Campground to Observation Deck Loop #3 Return by Pine Trail: Journey to the highest point in the park with a view of the Santa Cruz mountains and Monterey Bay on this 3-mile, 2-hour hike. We will walk under tall oaks, knobcone pines, and alongside manzanita and other flora thriving in the sand hills habitat and see courageous new growth emerging from the ashes of a recent prescribed burn. This is a moderate hike recommended for children age six and older. Bring water and a snack. Wear sturdy walking shoes, layers and a hat. Meet at 1 p.m. at the visitor center in the day-use area, 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton, CA 95018 off Highway 9 in Felton.

Natural Bridges State Beach:

Monarch Trail and Moore Creek Trail: Explore the diversity of habitats and life in the park including wintering Monarch butterflies. This is an easy half-mile walk. Meet at the visitor center at Natural Bridges State Beach,

2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 at 2 p.m. Children welcome but no pets please. Bring binoculars (limited amount available to borrow), water, and dress in layered clothing. Scheduled rain or shine. Call (831) 423-4609 ext. 8 for information.

New Brighton State Beach:

Beach Walk: Join us for a low tide and sunset stroll on a 2-mile roundtrip adventure from New Brighton State Beach to Capitola. Walking this stretch of beach just before sunset is rarely possible, so you won't want to miss it. We will encounter interesting geologic features in a coastal bluff—5-million-year-old whale fossils, shell fossils, tide pool creatures such as crabs, chitons, anemones, small fish, and the elusive octopus—and cover the natural history of the area. We will return to New Brighton around 4 p.m. and may remain on the beach until sunset. This is an easy-to-moderate 2-mile hike. Participants must be capable of walking across uneven terrain. Meet at the beach day-use parking lot, New Brighton State Beach, Park Avenue off Hwy. 1, Capitola, CA 95010, at 2 p.m. Participants must be able to walk across uneven terrain. Recommended for children 10 and older. No pets please. Bring water and snacks, and wear proper footwear (feet may get wet), and layered clothing. Inclement weather could cancel. Call (831) 685-6444 for information. No pets please.

Portola Redwoods State Park:

Old Tree Trail: Stroll through an old-growth redwood grove in search of the “Old Tree” that’s over 1,200 years old, discover the banana slug’s vital role in this flourishing forest, and learn about the marvelous Marbled Murrelet and how park visitors can help save these endangered birds. This is an easy 1-mile hike.   Children should be 10 or older accompanied by a parent. Meet at 2 p.m. at Portola Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, 9000 Portola State Park Road, La Honda, CA 94020 off Highway 1. Bring water and snacks. Wear closed-toe shoes, warm layers and bring a camera. Call (831) 291-8273 for cancellation information. No pets please.

Slate Creek Trail: Learn about unique history as we hike six miles round trip through pristine redwood forest to the Page Mill site and back. As wildflowers disappear, mushrooms begin to emerge from the depths of the duff, and many of the forests creatures welcome the change of pace as winter settles in. This is a moderate 4-hour hike. Wear running or hiking shoes. Bring water and snacks. Children must be able to complete this distance. Not pets please. Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the visitor center 9000 Portola State Park Road, La Honda, CA 94020 off Highway 1. Call (831) 291-8273 for cancellation information.

Seacliff State Beach:

Promenade and pier: Learn about Seacliff State Beach and its fascinating history on this 1-mile, one-hour stroll to the Aptos Creek Bridge and back. Get the lowdown on the Concrete Ship, great storms from 1889 to the present, "The Madman of Seacliff,” and much, much more. This is an easy 1-mile hike. Children ages 10 and up are welcome. Bring water and wear layered clothing. Meet at 11 a.m. at the visitor center, Seacliff State Beach, 201 State Park Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. Call (831) 685-6444 for cancellation information. No pets please.

The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park:

Porter House and Mill Site: Delve into forest history—and prehistory—with a walk to ghost towns and fossils deep in a redwood forest. This is a moderate 4-mile hike. Children should be 10 years of age.  Meet at 10 a.m. at George’s Picnic Area next to the steel bridge before the Winter Gate, Aptos Creek Road, off Soquel and State Park Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. Bring water and snacks. Wear walking shoes and layers. For cancellation information call (831) 685-6444.

Wilder Ranch State Park:

Wilder Ridge Loop: On this strenuous 7-mile hike we’ll explore the natural and cultural history of the upper hills of Wilder Ranch. This hike includes several descents and ascents. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Interpretive Center, a short walk down the paved road from the day-use parking lot, Wilder Ranch State Park, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Children should be age 15. No pets please. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, and wear hiking shoes and warm layers and sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Please call the Interpretive Center phone (831) 426-0505 for cancellation information.

Old Cove Landing Trail (Coastal Walk): On this two-hour natural history excursion, you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs on this family friendly 2.5-mile walk. Meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Interpretive Center at the ranch complex, a short walk down the paved road from the day use parking lot, 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Children should be able to maintain a 2-mph pace or be carried in a baby hiking carrier or wheeled in a rugged trail stroller. No pets please. Bring water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, and binoculars. Wear warm layers and sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. Please call the Interpretive Center phone (831) 426-0505 for cancellation information.

Sonoma County

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve:

Pioneer Nature Trail: Ring in the New Year outside. This easy 2-mile hike is brought to you by Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and California State Parks. Majestic coast redwood and Douglas fir trees, banana slugs, deer, sword ferns and other redwood understory plants This family-friendly hike will meet at 10 a.m. at the visitor's center, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle, snacks and walking sticks. Children are welcome long as parents are responsible for them. The event is free but there is a parking fee. No pets please.  No pets on trails. Heavy rain cancels. For more information, please contact the Stewards office, at 707-869-2015 or email stewards@stewardscr.org.

Jack London State Historic Park:

Summit Hike: Discover how great you will feel when you start the new year off on the right foot.  Our 6th Annual Hike to the Summit of the Park can be either personal challenge to see if you can still make to the top or the start of the new year getting back into shape, designed for all fitness levels with guides to help you return to the parking lot at any time. The whole hike is 8 miles and moderately strenuous.  Smile at the top and be ready to have your picture taken at the top of the mountain while enjoying the views. Meet at 10 a.m. at Jack London State Historic Park in the ranch parking lot. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, bring water, lunch, binoculars and hiking poles if you have them. No pets please. This hike takes place on uneven, rocky terrain. Contact the office if you have questions or concerns about accessibility. Rain will cancel. For information call (707) 938-5216.

Salt Point State Park:

Fisk Mill - Gerstle Cove: Start the New Year on the right foot: good exercise, good company and the pristine beauty of our Sonoma coast!  This approximately three-and-a-half mile, three-hour easy-to-moderate hike will take us through arguably the most scenic section of Salt Point State Park. After meeting at the Gerstle Cove/Salt Point parking lot (restrooms available), we will carpool north to our trailhead at Sentinel Rock at Fisk Mill. From there we’ll hike south through Bishop pine forests along the coast, passing scenic ocean bluffs, basking harbor seals, a cliffside waterfall, then onward to our sandy Stump Beach lunch stop, and then onward to the Gerstle Cove/Salt Point parking lot. Hikers have the option of a shorter (2 mile) Fisk Mill-Stump Beach hike, main (3.5 mile) Fisk Mill-Salt Point hike, or a longer (7 mile) round-trip Fisk Mill-Salt Point-Fisk Mill hike.

Meet at 10:30am at the Gerstle Cove/Salt Point parking lot. Bring water, bag lunch, binoculars, cameras, layered clothing, sunscreen, headwear, hiking boots (be prepared for some possible moisture) and optional hiking sticks. Not recommended for kids under eight and sorry, no dogs permitted. Hike co-leaders are California State Park’s Susanna Barlow and Fort Ross Conservancy’s Hank Birnbaum. California State Park parking fees apply. Salt Point State Park brochure & map link. For more information please email hankb@fortross.org or call 707-847-3437. For rain cancellation info, please email or call (707) 321-5783.

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park:

Bald Mountain Trail: Celebrate the New Year with a hike to Bald Mountain. This 5.25-mile hike includes a strenuous climb of 1,500 feet, featuring fantastic 360-degree views of Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. Be prepared for inclement weather. Pack a lunch, snacks and bring water. Wear appropriate footwear and layers. Hike is free and no RSVP required. The minimum age for children is nine. No pets please. Parking fees apply. Meet at the main day-use lot at 10 a.m., Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, CA 95452-9004. To check for cancellation information go to the park web page.