California State Parks wants you to kick off 2024 in a healthy way and enjoy the fresh air with the annual First Day Hikes, on Monday, January 1. Currently, more than 60 state parks will be participating, with over 80 guided hikes taking place across the state. Californians and visitors from around the world can hike amongst the gentle redwoods or learn about the geology of the desert or catch a glimpse of bald eagles and other unique wildlife—California has some of the most unique and iconic parks in the country for everyone to explore.

First Day Hikes is a national-led effort that encourages individuals and families to experience, with a seasoned guide, the beautiful natural and cultural resources found in the outdoors and in doing so may inspire them to take advantage of these treasures throughout the year and an individual’s lifetime. Nature has been proven to boost our moods and make us feel healthy and exploring the outdoors is the perfect way to start the new year.

With more than 80 guided hikes taking place, distance and difficulty will vary per hike or activity. Visitors are encouraged to check out details below for start times and hike descriptions. This year we have a more interactive map for visitors to search for hikes by park name, county and region. Visitors can also type in their address and it will show nearby hikes taking place. Participants are also able to see the status of the hike and the last time it was updated, and by zooming into the map, they can find hikes taking place near that region of the map. Additionally, this webpage provides information on new hiking opportunities around the holiday. For example, Carpinteria State Beach will offer a hike the morning of Saturday, December 30, and La Purísima Mission State Historic Park will have a Last Day Hike of the year the morning of Sunday, December 31. 

Whether you are an experienced outdoor enthusiast or a new one, we look forward to seeing you in California’s park trails, beaches, mountains and the deserts but ask that you recreate responsibly. Make sure to dress in layers, bring plenty of snacks and water, and appropriate hiking shoes. Visit the latest safety tips for more information. 

Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtags: #HikeInto2024, #FirstDayHike2024, #HikeWithCAStateParks and #CAStateParks.

Please continue to visit the webpage as it will get updated regularly with any additional hikes or cancellations.

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Click this OuterSpatial link or scan the QR code to download the department's mobile app. Use the app to check-in to your hike on January 1 to earn badges, and make sure to take a photo when checking-in to share your experience with others.

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