First Day Hikes 2022

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First Day HikesWhat a better way kick start the new year than by getting some fresh air and enjoying the outdoors with the Annual First Day Hikes! California State Parks will participate at parks across the state in this national-led effort that encourages individuals and families 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. Below you will find a list and detailed information on the California State Park’s First Day Hikes. 

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. Visit the latest COVID-19 guidelines and additional safety tips for more information. 

Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtags: #HikeInto2022, #FirstDayHike and #CAStateParks.

In alphabetical order by park:
(Updated Dec. 31, 2021)


Park: Anderson Marsh State Historic Park
Where: Start at the parking lot
Time: noon
Parking: Main parking lot.
What to expect: Join State Park Volunteers for a guided loop hike following Nature Trail, connecting to Cache Creek trail and back along the Anderson Flats Trail. This guided hike will be on the dirt trail and the board walk along Cache Creek providing opportunities to see various species of birds along the various habitat zones of the park unit.
Length of hike: 3 miles.The hike is considered easy to moderate and will take about three hours.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Participants should dress appropriately for the changing weather, bring water, binoculars, and cameras.
Special instructions: Rain will cancel the hike. 
Contact: Interpreter III terri.lopez@parks.ca.gov or Anderson Marsh State Park Interpretive Association at info@andersonmarsh.org.


Park:
Angel Island State Park
Where: Ayala Cove ferry dock to Mt. Livermore.
Time: 10:45 a.m. 
Ferry schedule and information: From Tiburon, visit www.angelislandferry.com. From San Francisco, to be determined. Please contact park.
What to expect: Learn about the diverse cultural and natural history of Angel Island on a moderately difficult hike to the 788-foot summit of Mt. Livermore, including trail stairs, switchbacks, and moderate hills via the Northridge Trail, returning on the Sunset Trail. There will be time for lunch at the summit with 360-degree views of the Bay Area, including San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, weather permitting. 
Length of hike: The hike is 4.5 miles and will take approximately 4 hours, including lunch and breaks.
Ages: 6 and up preferred. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring rain gear if needed. Wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.
Special instructions: The hike will happen, rain or shine! In case of inclement weather or poor trail conditions, the route may be altered.
Contact: Tours.Angelisland@parks.ca.gov or (415) 435-5537.


Park:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
Where: Panorama Overlook Trail.
Time: 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Parking: Visitor Center Parking ($9 or $10 Day-Use per vehicle or Annual Pass or 4th Grade Adventure Pass).
What to expect: Starting at the Visitor Center, explore desert plants, crypto-biotic crust, and signs of animals as we walk cross-country to the ½-mile Panorama Overlook Trail. Ascend by switch-backs about 200 ft up the moderate-strenuous trail to a scenic overlook of the Borrego Valley and Fonts Point. With luck, we might even see bighorn sheep! At the viewpoint, reflect on your new year with a lighthearted introspection guided by Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter. Walk down the mountain as the sun sets on your first day of 2022! 
Length of Hike: About 2 miles
Ages: 7 and up. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Special instructions: Wear sturdy shoes, bring at least 1 liter of water, a hat, and a flashlight. Trekking poles are helpful. 
Contact: regina.reiter@parks.ca.gov

Park: Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds
Where: Asilomar Social Hall
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Parking: Parking is available along Sunset Avenue. Please park off the pavement to keep bike path clear. Parking is also available on the Asilomar Conference Grounds.
What to expect: This easy to moderate hike is open to visitors of all ages and will take us along the mile long Asilomar Coast trail and back (two miles round trip). This hike will take place during one of the highest tides of a three day King Tides event. We will also point out many of the native plant species along the way as well as the park’s natural inhabitants.
Special instructions: Check the weather before attending and dress accordingly. Dress in layers and wear good walking shoes. Sun protection is recommended. You may also want to bring binoculars for a closer look at birds or sea life. Bring water or a hot beverage to enjoy! Inclement weather will cancel.
Contact information:Erica.Hedlund@parks.ca.gov

Park: Auburn State Recreation Area
Where: Quarry Trail (Cool, CA – El Dorado County) or Auburn Dam Construction Site
Times: Both hikes begin at 9 a.m.
Parking:

  • For Quarry Trail Hike park at the Quarry Trail Parking Area. $10 Day-Use fee per vehicle. (or parallel park in designated spaces along Hwy. 49 in El Dorado County)
  • For the Auburn Dam Construction site park at the Oregon Hill Parking Lot. $10 Day-Use fee per vehicle. (Auburn, CA – Placer County)

What to Expect:

  • Quarry Trail Hike: This moderate hike exercises your navigation skills while exploring flora, fauna, geology, and mountain quarries history. Dogs on leash are welcome. The hike route has one short technical section. The hike is 3.5-miles and lasts between 2.5 to 3 hours.
  • Auburn Dam Construction Site: This easy, out-and-back hike takes attendees to the Auburn Dam construction site, high above the North Fork American River. Although dam construction was halted in the early 1980s, the Auburn Dam remains a congressionally authorized project. Attendees will learn about the history of the Auburn Dam project and the forces that have hindered its construction. Pets are not allowed on this hike. The hike is 2 to 3 miles and lasts between 2 to 3 hours.

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Heavy rain will cancel. Bring a park map and compass if you have one.
Contact: For the Quarry Trail, email joseph.shanahan@parks.ca.gov; For the Auburn Dam Construction Site hike, email Erik.Taylor@parks.ca.gov.


Park: Burleigh Murray Ranch Park Property
Where: Old Ranch Road
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: Parking lot.
What to expect: Hike leader Ginny Conboy will participants to a journey back in time along Mills Creek. Along the way visitors will learn about the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century.  Enjoy one of our area’s hidden treasures.
Length of Hike: Easy 2.5-mile hike.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: No pets.
Things to bring: (water, snowshoes, snacks, etc.):
Contact: Joe Rogers, Joseph.Rogers@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 726-8814


Park: Butano State Park

Where: Six Bridges Trail
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: Picnic area. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
What to expect: Hike leaderElexis Padron will take participants to celebrate the new year with a short hike through the majesty of the redwoods and revel in their resilience. Visitors can ponder over the new growth that has sprouted from the burn scar. This short loop through the Six Bridges Trail and the main park road starts and ends at the picnic area, concluding with an optional art activity involving nature printing.
Length of Hike: Moderate 1.5-mile hike with a 460-feet elevation gain.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact:Elexis.Padron@parks.ca.gov or Joe Rogers, joseph.rogers@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 726-8814.

Park: Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Where: North Grove Area
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Parking: Visitor Center or Resources Building Parking Lot
What to expect: This easy to moderate snowshoe hike will explore the North Grove area. The North Grove is historically significant, and hikers can enjoy a mixed conifer forest community. Visitors will walk among the world’s largest trees and can spot winter wildlife.  
Length of hike: The hike will be about 1.5 miles and last about two hours.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Bring your own snowshoes if you have them. We have limited snowshoes available. Dress in layers, be prepared for rain, and wear hiking shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Space is limited. Sign-up at the Warming Hut which is located near the Visitor Center.  
Contact:amber.sprock@parks.ca.gov


Park:
Cardiff State Beach
Where: Seaside Parking lot near Tower 11.
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Day use fee applies
What to expect: Join us for a brisk 45-minute "First Day" walk. Meet near Lifeguard Tower #11 and begin the walk north toward the Living Shoreline Project’s rare Sand Dune trail. We will walk toward Cardiff Reef and return along the beach, ending our walk at the tidepools near Tower 10. Low tide is scheduled for 1:06 p.m. with a -.02 Ft. tide. The interpretive level is moderate. Staff will discuss the wildlife and plants that inhabit the sandy shore, while staying on the lookout for possible whale or dolphin sightings. If mobility is limited, meet us at the tide pools around 12:45 p.m.
Ages: All ages, children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
Special instructions: All ages are welcome, but the sand is not stroller-friendly, and there will be some uneven terrain. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, jacket, binoculars if you have them. 
Contact: Interpreter Sandy at Sandy.Tolzda@parks.ca.gov. 


Park:
Carpinteria State Beach
Where: Park Visitor Center
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: Day Use Parking Lot
What to Expect: This easy to moderate hike will take people through the state beach to learn about several points of interest including the Tar Pits and Carpinteria Creek. Hikers will have the option of joining a longer hike along the Carpinteria Bluffs trail to the Harbor Seal Rookery. Participants are likely to see harbor seals, egrets, herons, and other shoreline birds.
Length of hike: The shorter hike is approximately 1 mile long and the extended hike option will be around 2.5 miles round trip.
Ages: All ages.
Contact information:Heidi.Ortloff@parks.ca.gov

Park: Caswell Memorial State Park
Where: Lower Parking Lot
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: $10 day use fee.
What to expect: This easy hike will explore the riparian oak forest around the Stanislaus River. The trail will wind along the river and into the forest. Visitors will be able to see lots of native oaks and wild roses. Visitors might be able to see local wildlife such as a riparian  brush rabbit, birds of prey, and possibly a fox.
Length of hike: The hike will be around 1 mile round trip and will take approximately 1 hour.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Rain cancels.
Contact: Anthony.tealdi@parks.ca.gov


Park:
China Camp State Park
Where: China Camp Ranger Station.
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Parking: Bullhead Flat Parking Lot.
What to expect: Want to celebrate the new year in a profound way? Then come with us to ring in 2022 under the open sky as we watch the sunrise over San Pablo Bay. Join naturalist Harold Hirsch for this 4-mile sunrise hike to a stunning vista point to welcome the first golden light of the year. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Length of hike: 4-mile hike. 
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Ages: Ages 10 and up. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: Rain cancels. 
Contact: Register at https://friendsofchinacamp.org/event/new-years-day-sunrise-hike/. Questions? Email programs@friendsofchinacamp.org

Park: Chino Hills State Park
Where: Rolling M Ranch Campground – Hike has been cancelled due to weather conditions.

Park: Clear Lake State Park
Where: Start at the Visitor Center Parking Lot       
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: Visitor Center Parking Lot
What to expect: Join State Park Volunteers for a guided hike following the Old Kelsey Creek trail.  This guided hike will follow along the trail and board walk providing opportunities to see birds along the water slough and from the shoreline of Clear Lake. The hike is less than a mile in length. Hikers will go out to shoreline of Clear Lake and walk back on same trail.
Length of hike: The hike is considered easy and will take about two hours.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Participants should dress appropriately for the changing weather, bring water, binoculars, and cameras.
Special instructions: Rain will cancel the hike. 
Contact information: Interpreter III terri.lopez@parks.ca.gov or visit the park webpage.


Park:
Crystal Cove State Park
Where: Moro Backcountry
Time: 9-11 a.m.
What to expect: In collaboration with the nationwide event “First Day Hike” and in celebration of New Year’s Day, State Park volunteer Tom Eastman will lead a guided interpretive hike in the backcountry of Crystal Cove State Park. We’ll look for birds, bobcats, butterflies, and buckwheat and enjoy a beautiful morning on the trails and in the canyon on this 3-mile moderate hike.  
Length of hike: 3-mile moderate hike.
Parking: Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.)   Lower Moro, meet at Berns Amphitheater; $15 day-use
Ages: 8 on up.
Special instructions: Rain cancels
Contact: www.crystalcovestatepark.org  


Park:
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
Where: The Stonewall Mine area.
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: At Trout Pond Parking
What to expect: This easy to moderate hike will explore the area around the Stonewall Mine where a mixed conifer forest is inter-mixed with meadows. Visitors can  be on the lookout for bald eagles, kestrels and other birds of prey. Mule deer and wild turkeys are common in this area and there is a good chance of observing these park residents here. Peeks of Lake Cuyamaca can be seen throughout the hike along with the seasonal dry lakebed that is a beautiful crimson color during the winter. 
Length of hike: The hike will be between two and three miles and last between two and three hours. 
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: Rain cancels. Snow cancels if the weather is stormy or the roads are icy.
Contact: michele.hernandez@parks.ca.gov 

Park: Donner Memorial State Park 
Where: Nature Loop Trail to campground
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center
What to expect: This snowshoe tour will begin at the Donner Visitor Center, head towards the pioneer monument, and continue along the scenic Nature Loop Trail. Depending on the snow depth and energy of the group, the group will continue into the campground for a couple interpretive stops and then return to the visitor center. Visitors will travel a total distance of 1.5-2 miles.
Length of hike: 1.5-2 miles.
Preparation: Bring snowshoes (walking poles are optional and may help with balance), water, snacks, lunch, warm clothes, gloves, and face coverings.
Ages: 10 years old (under 18 must be accompanied by an adult) and up.
Special instructions: No dogs. Maximum group size is 25 participants. Tour will be canceled if weather conditions are unsafe (e.g., heavy storms, strong wind gusts, power outages at the visitor center).
Contact: Jeremy Lin at jeremy.lin@parks.ca.gov.


Park:
Gaviota State Park
Where: Gaviota Wind Caves 
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: Beach to Backcountry Trailhead.          
What to Expect: The Wind Caves Hike will take participants through the backcountry of the park. Visitors will encounter beautiful views of the Gaviota Coast and surrounding hills. The main point of interest are the spectacular sandstone wind caves. The Wind Caves hike is rated moderate; although, the trail may be strenuous at points nearing the caves. 
Length of hike: Roundtrip distance is approximately 2 miles.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Please bring plenty of water and snacks.
Ages: All ages are welcome.
Special instructions: The Beach to Backcountry Trailhead is located on Hollister Ranch Road. Instead of entering the park at the kiosk, turn to the right onto Hollister Ranch Road. Proceed to the top of the hill. At the top of the hill, there will be a small parking area with a gate. This is the Beach to Backcountry Trailhead.
Contact: Call: (805)-968-1033 or visit Gaviota State Park.


Park:
Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area
Where: Mudstone Ranchparking lot
Time: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Parking: Meet atthe Mudstone Ranch parking lot, which is located approximately 2 miles south of Hollister. From Union Road, turn south onto Cienega Road. At the stop sign, turn right to stay on Cienega Road. In about 1.5 miles, look for the wooden arch over the parking lot on the right/west side of the road. Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.
What to Expect: 

  • 9 a.m.: This 1.5-mile hike is one hour easy to moderate on the Pepper Tree Loop. Dogs on leash are welcome.
  • 1 p.m.: The 5-mile hike is 3-4 hour moderate to strenuous on the Road Runner to Razorback Loop. Dogs on leash are welcome.

Preparation: Please bring water, layered clothing, and hiking shoes.
Ages: all ages
Contact: Visit ohv.parks.ca.gov/hollisterhills. Email Hollister.Hills@parks.ca.gov or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube (@HollisterHillsSVRA). You can also reach us by calling (831) 636-2065.


Park: Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Where: Redwood Grove (for kids) and Redwood Grove & River Trail
Time: 9 a.m. and noon
Parking: Visitor Center
What to expect:

  • Redwood Grove at 9 a.m.: Hike leader Donna Grande will  cover the redwood basics for kids and explore through the old-growth redwood grove. Learn about these tall trees and the place in which they live, in addition to the animals that call this forest home. For ages four and eight. This easy hike is 1.5 hours/0.8 miles. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  •  Redwood Grove & River Trail at noon: Hike leader Sanda Spiegel will meander folks through the redwood forest and down River Trail to Cable Car Beach. Furthermore, participants will experience two of the park’s ecosystems: the forest and riparian. Learn about the redwood and river ecology, see wildlife of both ecosystems, and more. For ages 8 and up. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Preparation: Wear extra layers, and bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact: Cancellation Information: dylan.mcmanus@parks.ca.gov or call (831)335-7077.


Park:
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
Where: Visitor Center.
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: Visitor Center.
What to expect: This easy to moderate paddle will explore the waters and shoreline of Stone Lagoon. Visitors can be on the lookout for bald eagles, ospreys and other birds of prey. Roosevelt Elk, deer and river otters are common in this area and there is a good chance of observing these park residents here. Peeks of the Pacific Ocean can be seen throughout the paddle and our halfway stop will be on the sand spit that separates the lagoon from the Pacific Ocean.
Length of paddle: The paddle will be between two and three miles and last between two and three hours.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Must have own paddle powered vessel (kayak, canoe, SUP etc.) and lifejacket. Dress in layers and wear waterproof clothing. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Rain and/or wind events cancels. 
Contact: Keven.Harder@parks.ca.gov.

Park: Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Where: Founders Grove 
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Founders Grove parking lot.
What to expect: The Founders Grove loop trail is ADA accessible and less than half a mile in length. There will be frequent stops to explore the amazing characteristics of an old-growth forest. 
Length of hike: Less than half a mile.
Ages: All ages. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks. 
Special instructions: Rain and/or heavy winds cancel.
Contact information: Griff Griffith at john.griffith@parks.ca.gov.

 
Park: Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area
Where: Check-in for all hikes is at the Hungry Valley SVRA Activity Center
Times: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
Parking: Edison Canyon Campground near the north entrance to the park is frequently used for day use parking. You can ride to the Activity Center located adjacent to the ATV Campground toward the middle of the park from any of the park’s 11 campgrounds.
What to expect: The three separate guided trail rides are geared for all ages and abilities. Bring water and wear the appropriate riding gear including a helmet. 
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear the appropriate riding gear including a helmet. Bring water and snacks.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: Rain cancels. Visit www.Facebook.com/hungryvalleysvra for more information and updates.
Contact: Callista Turner at Callista.Turner@parks.ca.gov or visit www.Facebook.com/hungryvalleysvra.


Park:
Jack London State Historic Park
Where: Glen Ellen, Sonoma County
Time: 10 a.m. to approximately 2:30 p.m.
Parking: Park and meet in the Ranch lot, to the right of the entrance kiosk.
What to Expect: The hike can be a personal challenge to make it to the park’s summit or the first step in a commitment to a healthier new year. Either way, it is designed for all fitness levels with guides to help hikers return to the parking lot at any time.
Length of hike: The roundtrip route is eight miles long and moderately strenuous.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Register at https://jacklondonpark.com/events/first-day-hike-2022/. Tickets are $10 per person, in addition to $10 per car entry fee (up to nine passengers). The event will be cancelled in the event of rain. 
Contact: jacklondonpark@jacklondonpark.com

Park: Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park
Where: Simpson-Reed Grove/Peterson Memorial Trail 
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: Turn onto Walker Road from US 199 near mile marker 2.7. Immediately park in designated spaces alongside Walker Road before grouping up at the Simpson-Reed Trailhead. 
What to Expect: This ranger-led hike is along a 1.0 mile long accessible trail weaving beneath some of the world’s last remaining old growth coastal redwoods. A few stops will be made along the way to learn about the native flora and fauna within the delicate redwood ecosystem. Elevation gain across the entire compacted gravel and dirt trail is approximately 20 feet ensuring a relaxing yet inspiring way to begin the New Year. 
Length of hike: One mile and should last approximately 45 minutes at a relaxed pace. 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
Preparation: Wear warm layers, boots or other waterproof shoes, and a rain jacket are recommended. Bring water and snacks. 
Special Instructions: High winds and rain will cancel hike due to risk of redwood trees falling across trail.
Contact: ian.jones@parks.ca.gov

Park: Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Where: Hunter’s Lot
Time: 7:30 a.m.
What to expect: This is a family friendly, easy 2 mile hike that lasts about 2.5 hours. Please meet at Hunter's Lot.
Length of hike: 2 miles.
Preparation: Make sure to wear closed toe shoes and bring plenty of water.
Special instructions:Regular entry fee applies.


Park:
La Purísima State Historic Park 
What: Last Day Hike 2021
Where: La Artemisia to Santa Rita to Vista de la Cruz
Time: 10 a.m. on December, 31 2021
Meet: Front of visitor center
What to expect: Our Last Day Hike will take us past a few of the historic buildings and sites which we’ll talk about before we turn onto the trail that leads us into the eastern hillside of the mission grounds. We’ll see some of the flora and fauna of the area and discuss how this land used to look and what some of these plants were used for. We’ll follow along the Santa Rita trail south to make our way towards the cross that let visitors during the mission days know where the mission was and helped guide them. We’ll finish with a “birds-eye” view of the mission from the hillside and discuss not only the past of the valley but it’s future, as we see the mission and the rocket launch sites in the same view, along with wind turbines being built on the distant hills. We’ll walk down a mild switch back to the visitor’s center where we will complete our hike. From there they can enjoy the visitor center, the rest of the mission grounds, or anything else they’d like to do. There will be a few stops along the hike to take in the views of the valley. 
Length of hike: 1.66 miles. Hike should take approximately 1 hour to 1 and a half hours to complete, depending on group pace. The trail is easy, well-cared for and has minor elevation gain and walking on soft sand.
Ages: For children old enough to hike a mile or be carried by parent or guardian. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Not recommended for strollers or similar. There are spots where the trail is a bit sandy.
Preparation: Bring water.
Special instructions: Check Facebook
Contact: Randy.moore@parks.ca.gov

Park: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Where: Meet at Museum for Monroe Ridge Trail hike and Monument Trail hike
Time: 10 a.m. for both hikes.
Parking: Sawmill Parking Lot
What to Expect:  

  • Monroe Ridge Trail Hike - This hike is strenuous for the first portion and then a moderate hike down. The Monroe Ridge Trail offers the chance to view the Lotus community in the valley below, at the first rest stop, and at the second stop you look down to the location where gold was discovered on January 24, 1848 by James W. Marshall. That discovery prompted people worldwide to race to 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 point on the trail. The hike is approximately 2 miles and lasts about 2 hours.
  • Monument Trail Hike - This is an easy hike uphill and then back downhill. The Monument Trail leads you to the James Marshall Monument, the burial site of the discoverer of gold on January 24, 1848. Views of the valley below and Mount Murphy culminate in a gentle hike down the road. A stop at James Marshall’s Cabin is part of the itinerary. Across from the cabin is an historic cemetery. Continuing on down the hill, visitors will pass by St. John’s Catholic Church, the Thomas House and the Coloma Jail. Once at the bottom, visitors are only a grassy field away from the museum. The hike is approximately 1/2 mile and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.  

Preparation: Bring water and snacks, clothing in layers, and boots recommended.
Ages: 10 years old (or a 4th Grader) accompanied by a parent or guardian; and older.
Special Instructions: Cancelled if heavy rain occurs; No pets; No strollers.
ContactSusan.Okey@parks.ca.gov or call the museum at 530-622-3470
 

Park: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Where: Boat Ramp #1 (by the Historic Millerton Courthouse)
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Parking: Included with $20 per person tour fee, payable by cash or check in person the morning of the tour.
What to expect: This is a ranger led 3-hour boat tour aboard State Park’s 25 person eagle tour barge. Millerton Lake has the largest population of wintering bald eagles in the San Joaquin Valley. Other wildlife viewing opportunities on this tour include resident golden eagles, waterfowl, and migratory bird species.
Length of tour: Approximately 3 hours
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Lifejackets are provided, and are required to be worn at all times by children under 12 years old.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring a blanket. You may want to bring binoculars, but they will be available to borrow as well.
Special instructions: Reservations are required for the tour.  Seating is limited to 25 people, and sell out fast. Heavy fog cancels the tour due to safety considerations, but tour goes on in rain if conditions allow.
Contact: Please call the San Joaquin Sector Office at (559) 822-2332 to make reservations, or you can email any questions to MillertonLake.Eagletours@parks.ca.gov


Park: Montara State Beach
McNee Ranch State Park
Where: Gray Whale Cove Trail
Time:10 a.m.
Parking: Gray Whale Cove State Beach North Parking Lot
What to expect: Montara mountain (also known as McNee Ranch) is part of Montara State Beach and hike leader Emily Richards will take participants on a moderate 2 mile hike overlooking the California coast at McNee Ranch. From the trail, visitors will be able to view evidence in the landscape of the Ocean Shore Railroad and bunkers left over from the World War II era. Enjoy the ocean views, the coastal plants, and the birds on this exciting hike.
Length of Hike: 2 miles.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and sunscreen.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact: hmbparksvolunteer@parks.ca.gov or Joseph.Rogers@parks.ca.gov, or call (650) 726-8814.


Name: Natural Bridges State Beach
Where: Monarch Loop and Moore Creek Trail
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Parking: Visitor center. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
What to expect: 

  • Monarch Loop at 11 a.m.: Hike leader Anne Cassell will take participants through the monarch grove and see the diversity of habitats in this state park. 1 mile, easy with 1 short scramble over rocks
  • Moore Creek Trail at 2 p.m.: Hike leader Martha Nitzberg will explore with participants the diversity of habitats in this State Park on a walk out to the Marine Protected, rocky tidepools. Fairly Easy with 1 short scramble over rocks and a short narrow hillside trail.

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Wear extra layers and tennis shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: No pets
Contact: naturalbridgesstatebeach@gmail.com or call (831) 423-4609 Ext. 8.
 

Park: New Brighton State Beach
Where: On the beach
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Parking: On the beach below the day use parking lot. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
What to Expect: Hike leader Ashley Wemp will take participants on an easy hike from New Brighton to Capitola during a negative tide. We will encounter interesting geological features, 5-million-year-old whale fossils, and tide pool creatures.
Length of hike: 2 miles.
Ages: 5 and up. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Preparation: Wear extra layers and appropriate shoes with good grip. Bring, water and snacks.  
Special instructions: To make a reservation, visit https://SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/newbrightonfirstday. No pets.
Contact: Ashley.wemp@parks.ca.gov or call (831) 685-6444.


Park:
Palomar Mountain State Park
Where: Boucher Hill Observation Point. Meet at the intersection of Boucher Road, Nate Harrison Road, Doane Valley Road, and State Park Road.
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Parking: Parking costs $10 per vehicle.
What to Expect: Will Meyst, Park Interpretive Specialist, will lead the moderate hike to enjoy the company of friends or family. Discover the roots of our past. Experience the best view in San Diego.
Length of hike: 1.5 miles in length with 370 ft elevation gain and subsequent 370 elevation loss, approximately 1.5-2 hours
Preparation: Wear closed toe hiking boots or sturdy shoes, plenty of water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, dress in layers, possibility of inclement weather. This is a dog friendly hike. We will be staying on the paved portion of Boucher Road on our hike.

Park: Pescadero State Beach
Where: Sequoia Audubon Trail
Time: 1 p.m.
Parking: Middle Pescadero State Beach parking lot.
What to Expect: Hike leader Bob Fox will take participants on an easy two-hour stroll on the mile-long Sequoia Audubon Trail through the Pescadero Marsh State Natural Reserve. Learn about the fascinating human history of the Marsh from the days of the Ohlone to the present. Discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano Creeks as they flow through this restored marsh to meet the Pacific Ocean.
Length of Hike: 2 miles.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, binoculars, and sunscreen.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact: Joseph.Rogers@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 726-8814. 

Park: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Where: “Waterfalls and Vistas Nature Walk” on Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Trail and “Creatures of the Night Hike” on River Path and Warden’s Path
Time: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Parking: Day Use Lot 1
What to expect:

  • “Waterfalls and Vistas Nature Walk”:  Starting at 2 p.m., this moderate hike takes visitors through varying habitats of Big Sur beginning in the redwoods to Pfeiffer Falls and climb to Valley View and see an aerial view of the Big Sur River Valley. This two-and-a-half-mile, two-hour hike climbs approximately 600 feet in elevation. Meet at the Redwood Deck near the Big Sur Lodge Restaurant.
  • “Creatures of the Night Hike”: At 6 p.m., visitors can come out in the dark for a glimpse into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses at night during this one hour easy walk. This approximately one-mile hike is an easy accessible trail. Meet at the Campfire Center. 

Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and a snack.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: Rain cancels. Heavy wind storm cancels. Check at kiosk upon park entrance.
Contact informationSara.Arnett@parks.ca.gov


Park: Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Where: Mel’s Lane Trail
Time: 10 a.m.
Parking: Parking Lot
What to expect: Hike leader Dan Clearwater will take participants on 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.
Length of Hike: Easy 0.75-mile hike.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, binoculars, and sunscreen.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact: volunteers.pigeonpoint@parks.ca.gov or joseph.rogers@parks.ca.gov or call (650) 726-8814.

Park: Pismo State Beach
Where: Boardwalk Trail
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Parking: Parking lot near the beach on W. Grand Avenue by Fin’s Bar & Grill (25 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433).
What to Expect: Join State Park Docent Becky for an easy stroll along the boardwalk trail to the state beach’s Monarch Butterfly Grove and then return by way of the beach. Along the way, we'll discuss the area's history, western monarch butterflies, Pismo clams, sand dollars and shorebirds as we identify some of the area's plants and animals.
Length of hike: Easy 1-mile hike and about 2 hours. 
Preparation: Dress in layers. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Other helpful items include binoculars, a camera, water, birding and/or plant books.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special Instructions: Rain will cancel event.
Contact: Mallory.Claassen@parks.ca.gov or call 805-474-2664.

Park:  Plumas Eureka State Park
Where: Eureka Lake
Time:  10 a.m.
Parking: Ski hill parking lot at the end of the road past Johnsville.
What to expect: Participants will be hiking to beautiful Eureka Lake at the base of Eureka Peak. The hike will include a docent who will talk about the discovery of Gold on Eureka Peak, the gold mining town of Eureka Mills and the longboard races during the gold rush days. This is a moderate snow shoe hike (one mile steady uphill).
Length of hike: 2 miles.
Ages: 10 (children must be accompanied by parents) and up.
Preparation:  Bring snow shoes, (walking poles help balance), water, snacks or lunch, warm clothes and gloves.
Special instructions: No dogs. Check the park’s website for cancellation information. Hike will be cancelled if it is raining.
Contact: Dennis Black at  mrdennisrblack@gmail.com

Park: Point Sur State Historic Park
Where: Point Sur Lightstation Guided Tour
Time: 10:00 a.m. (arrive early, first come-first served, limited to 40 visitors)
Parking: Meet along west side of Highway 1 at the farm gate, 19 miles south of Rio Road in Carmel, ¼ mile north of the Point Sur Former Naval Facility.
What to expect: Volunteers lead a three-hour walking tour on a paved road of less than a mile distance, with a rise in elevation of 360 feet and two stairways, the longer having 61 steps. You will get to visit the historic Point Sur Lighthouse and historic park structures built in 1889. Masks required indoors for all visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Ages: Adults tour fee: $15 per person, Ages 6-17: $5 per person, Age 5 and under free.
Special instructions: Wear warm layers, comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for cold and windy weather. Tours may be cancelled during extreme weather. No pets, food, or trash allowed due to the historic park. No large motorhomes or campers, no strollers or wheels because of the steep and narrow roadway and stairs.
Contact information: More information can be found at www.pointsur.org

Park: Prairie City State Vehicular Recreation Area
Where: Yost Property
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Parking: Yost Property Lot
What to expect: Diversity on the Prairie! Uncover this SVRA’s surprising variety of wildlife, land use and recreation as we visit the park’s buffer zones and vernal pool management areas. Visitors can be on the lookout for coyote, jack rabbits, wild turkeys and many different birds of prey. A limited number of binoculars are available for use.
Length of hike: The hike is about two and a half miles roundtrip and lasts between one and a half and two hours.
Preparation: Hikers should dress in warm layers and appropriate footwear for both flat and uneven surfaces on wet terrain. Bring water and snacks.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: The program is free with general admission to the park of $5 per vehicle; directions will be provided at the front entrance kiosk with posted signage along the route to the parking area. Light rain okay, heavy rain cancels.
Contact information: Call (916) 985-1093 or Prairie_City@parks.ca.gov

Park: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Where: Prairie Creek Visitor Center & Newton B. Drury Parkway
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Newton B. Drury Parkway
What to expect: Enjoy a slow leisurely walk (less than 0.5 miles) on the paved parkway (ADA accessible) under the canopy of the tallest trees in the world, the coast redwoods. Bilingual (English/Spanish) program is available. Newton B. Drury Parkway is closed on the first Saturday of the month to motorized traffic. 
Length of hike: Less than 0.5 miles
Ages: All ages. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks. 
Special instructions: Rain and/or heavy winds cancel. 
Contact:jose.cabello@parks.ca.gov

 

Park: Saddleback Butte State Park
Where: Visitor Center
Times: 9, 10 and 11 a.m. (see below for more details)
Parking: Check-in for all hikes is at the park’s Visitor Center located at 17102 East Avenue J, Lancaster, CA (corner of 170th St E and East Avenue J, near Lake Los Angeles).
What to expect: Staff and volunteers will lead three hikes, which vary from an easy half-mile stroll to a strenuous five-mile hike up the butte. Check-in for all hikes is at the park Visitor Center. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the park’s picnic area after returning from the hikes! 

  • 9 a.m.: Hike to top of Saddleback Butte. The hike is moderately strenuous. The length is five miles and about three hours roundtrip; 1000 feet of elevation gain to an incredible view across the Mojave Desert.  Bring water and wear good hiking shoes and layered clothing; it can be very windy at the top.  
  • 10 a.m.: Loop Hike across the park is an easy to moderate. The length is 3.3 miles with little elevation gain; almost 2 hours. Dress for the weather; bring water and hat, walking sticks are optional. Enjoy the beautiful high desert views over the Antelope Valley; this is a great winter’s hike.  
  • 11 a.m.: Dowen Nature Trail is an easy hike. Guided interpretive tour along the nature trail. Learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the local area. The length is .5-mile loop with mild elevation gain and about 1 hour. The trail is wheelchair/stroller accessible.

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Dogs are not allowed on trails (with the exception of trained service animals. No comfort animals). 
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Rain cancels. 
Contact: Jean Rhyne at Jean.Rhyne@parks.ca.gov or follow us on www.Facebook.com/SaddlebackButte fore more information and updates.

Park: San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area
Where: Boat Launch Parking lot
Time: 1 p.m.
Parking: $10 day use fee.
What to expect: This easy hike will explore the area around the O’Neil forebay. Visitors can expect to walk along a path that follows the north west portion of the forebay. Visitors will see views of the forebay, rolling hills, and meadows. Be on the lookout for bald eagles, kestrels and other birds of prey. Participants can also might encounter a deer or two.
Length of hike: The hike will be around 2 miles and will take approximately 2 hours.
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Rain cancels.
Contact: Anthony.tealdi@parks.ca.gov


Park:
San Onofre State Beach
Where: Meet at Christianitos Roadd/ El Camino Real (Trestles Trailhead). 
Time: 2 p.m. 
Parking: Free on Christianitos Road or park in the Trestles pay parking lot.
What to expect: Hike on the trail down to the beach to look at the tidepools during the negative low tide. We will pass through coastal sage scrub and riparian habitat which is great for birding. Bring binoculars if you would like.
Length of hike: the hike will be about 1.5-2 hours
Ages: All ages.
Special instructions: Participants should wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes (water shoes if possible) and bring water and snacks. 
Contact: Cryssie.Moreno@Parks.ca.gov


Park:
Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park
Where: Andora Trailhead
Time: 11a.m.
Parking: Andora Avenue Street Parking adjacent to Oakwood Cemetery, 9955 Andora Ave, Chatsworth, CA 91311
What to expect: There are four hike options to choose from:

  • Welcome Walk: Difficulty level is moderate. The Welcome Walk offers a spectacular view of the stacked sandstone formations in the Simi Hills. The Welcome Walk has an ascent of 284 feet and descent of 299 feet. The average gradient ascent is 4.39 and max is 6.52. The average gradient descent is 4.89 and max is 8.17. Length is a mile and a half.
  • Welcome Walk, Slow and Gentle: Difficulty level is moderate. The Slow and Gentle version avoids an over look hill climb and is taken at a leisurely pace.
  • Miranda Loop: Difficulty level is difficult. Hike the historic Miranda homestead property and enjoy spectacular views of the San Fernando Valley. Length is two miles. 
  • Stagecoach Trail: Difficulty level is difficult. Hike the historic stagecoach trail which once served as the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach route and called “the Devil’s Slide.” Enjoy expansive views of the San Fernando Valley. This hike is 3 miles with slopes exceeding 20% grade. There are high steps on rock faces; recommend trekking poles or a walking stick for balance.  

Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Preparation: Wear sunscreen and long pants because the brush is thick and sticky. A light jacket or long-sleeved shirt is also recommended. Although we try to avoid poison oak, sometimes it is encountered. Wear sturdy hiking boots. A walking stick is preferred by some hikers. Bring plenty of water. A hat is also recommended.
Special instructions: Temperatures above 90 degrees cancels. Rain cancels. 
Contact: SantaSusana@parks.ca.gov

Park: Seacliff State Beach
Where: Promenade Trail
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Covered picnic tables near visitor center. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
What to expect: Hike leader Pete Wang will take visitors to get the low down on the concrete ship, “The Madman of Seacliff”, great storms from 1989-today, and much, much more.
Length of hike: 0.6 miles easy hike.
Ages: 12 and up.
Special instructions: Wear appropriate clothing, extra layers andbring water and snacks. No pets.
Contact: ashley.wemp@parks.ca.gov or seacliffstatebeach@gmail.com. You can also call (831) 685-6444.

Park: Silverwood Lake SRA
Trail: Nature Trail
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Parking: Silverwood Lake Nature Center
What to expect: This easy 2-mile hike is an family-friendly ramble from the Nature center to the meadow.
Length of hike in miles: about 1 ½ to 2 miles
Ages: This hike is suitable for any age.
Preparation: Bringwater and wear appropriate hiking shoes.
Special instructions: Pets must be leashed and well behaved.
How public can check for cancellation information: On social media
Contact: Teri Pope, Teresa.pope@parks.ca.gov


Park: South Carlsbad State Beach
Where: Campfire Center
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Parking: No on-site parking.
What to expect: A State Park interpreter will join participants you. Begin the walk and enter the beach from the main stairway. We will walk north along the beach, returning to the main stairs at the end of the walk.  The Interpretive level is moderate. We will discuss the wildlife and plants that inhabit the sandy shore, while staying on the lookout for possible whale or dolphin sightings. The hike may stop to check out the tide pools, tides permitting. 
Length of hike: 45 minute brisk walk.
Ages: All ages, children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special instructions: Bring water, sunscreen, a hat, jacket, binoculars (if you have them) and wear closed-toed shoes.The sand is not stroller-friendly, and there will be some stairs and uneven terrain.
Contact: Email to register and include in the subject line "First Day Hike S. Carlsbad" at SanDiego.interp@parks.ca.gov. Walk-ups are also welcome.


Park: 
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Where: Meet outside the Visitor Center.
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Parking: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park's main parking lot or White Barn lot
What to expect: After meeting outside the Visitor Center, hikers can choose their route: a Naturalist-guided, 2-mile family-friendly hike, a moderate hike on Vista Trail for those aged 8 and up, or the 5.25 to 6.25-mile trek to Bald Mountain, which includes a climb of 1,500 feet and features fantastic 360-degree views of Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The final routes will be determined the day of by the trail conditions. 
Length of hikes: Naturalist-guided, 2-mile family-friendly hike, a moderate hike on Vista Trail for those aged 8 and up, or the 5.25 to 6.25-mile
Ages: All ages.
Preparation: Be prepared for inclement weather: wear appropriate footwear for muddy or slippery trails and warm layers. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, and if heading to the summit, pack a lunch. The hike is free and RSVP is not required. 
Special instructions: Parking fees apply; heavy rains cancel.
Contact: Alma Shaw (alma@sonomaecologycenter.org), Event webpage, or Sugarloaf Ridge SP webpage.

Park: The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Where: Porter House and Mill Site
Time: 9 a.m.
Parking: George’s Picnic Area next to the Steel Bridge before the Winter Gate. Vehicle day use fee is $8. Parking will be limited so please carpool.
What to expect: Hike leadersPaul Karz and Ashley Wemp will delve into forest history—and prehistory—while walking to the Loma Prieta town site and discovering marine fossils deep in the redwood forest.
Length of Hike: Moderate 3 miles and about 2.5 hours.
Ages: 10 years old and up.
Preparation: Wear appropriate clothing, extra layers andbring water and snacks.
Special instructions: No pets. Make a reservation at https://SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/nisenefirstday.
Contact: Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center at (831) 685-6444 or seacliff.visitorcenter@parks.ca.gov; Paul Karz, paul.karz@parks.ca.gov  or (831) 818-0146


Park:
Tijuana Estuary Natural Preserve
Where: Visitor Center
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Visitor Center lot
What to expect: Docent Jan will reveal the endangered and sensitive species that live in the salt marsh near the Visitor Center and their habitats. Great hike for the whole family.
Length of hike: Easy walk on flat trails for about 1-1.5 miles.
Ages: All welcome.
Special instructions: Pouring rain cancels. Please put address in for navigation: 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach.
Contact: Call (619) 575-3613 Wednesday-Sunday for more information. Visit www.trnerr.org. 

Park: Tolowa Dunes State Park
Where: Cadra Point Trail
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Parking: Old Mill Road Parking Area
What to Expect: This easy hike will explore the lush wildlife of the park and Lake Earl Coastal Lagoon. The trail will take us through forests, secluded meadows, and wetlands to the marshy edge of Lake Earl. This area is known for unbelievable birding, so bring a pair of binoculars if you can! We will be on the lookout in the air for raptors, wrens, and sparrows, while paying attention to the grassy meadows for skunks, elk, and deer. The trail will take us to a panoramic view of the lake at an old homestead site. A picnic table nearby will provide an area to stop and have a snack while trying to identify as many animals as we can. Join us January 1 and start your year off right.
Length of hike: The hike will be about two miles total and should take about two hours.
Ages: All ages. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Preparation: Wear a pair of waterproof shoes/boots if you have them. Dress in layers and wear good hiking boots/shoes. Bring water and snacks.
Special instructions: Rain cancels.
Contact: simone.durand@parks.ca.gov


Park: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Where: Top of the hill at the Visitor Center
Times: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Parking: Day use fee apply.
What to expect: Want to see one of the rarest pine trees in North America? Torrey Pines only grow in the coastal hills and bluffs in the Del Mar area of southern California, and Santa Rosa Island. Wow, all of that and the ocean too!! There are six possible trails to hike. Trails to hike will be determined by Nature hike leader according to group size, ability, etc.

  • Guy Fleming Trail - easiest trail, relatively level, forested, along ocean bluffs, two ocean overlooks, sandstone formations, shade, spring wildflowers, drinking water, and parking; 
  • Parry Grove Trail – secluded with steep entry/exit (118 rugged steps), and native plant garden at trailhead with canyon overlook.
  • Razor Point Trail – Dramatic views of gorge, badlands, spring wildflowers, a few picturesque trees and ocean overlook.
  • Beach Trail – Descends 300 feet to beach level, many switchbacks and stairs to beach.
  • High Point Trail – 100 stairs to panoramic views of the reserve, ocean, lagoon and inland.
  • Broken Hill Trail – longest trail, features chaparral, few trees, and scenic overlook.

Ages: All ages, children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Preparation: Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. Please bring a jacket and wear close-toed shoes.
Special instructions: For cancellation information, visit www.torreypine.org.
Contact: Hike lead coordinator docent Joe Meyer at meyer-joe@att.net or State Parks Ranger David at drichards@parks.ca.gov.

Park: Van Damme State Park
Where: Meet at the parking lot.
Time: 10 a.m.
What to expect: Join MendoParks for a 90-minute walk under the guidance of Mario Abreu, naturalist/mycologist. Depending on bloom, the walk will include an introduction to mushrooms for beginners and other plant species identification. The hike is complimentary, but capacity is limited so registration is required.
Length of hike: 90 minutes. (starting with a 30 minute mushroom lecture)
Ages: All ages are welcome. Children need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Preparation: Dress for cold/wet weather: raincoat, rainboots, warm clothes, etc. Heavy rain may cancel event.
Special instructions: Masks required, participants limited to 20, registration required at https://bit.ly/3mEDzBQ
Contact information: elizabeth@mendoparks.org

Park: Wilder Ranch State Park
Where: Old Cove Landing Trail
Time: 11 a.m.
Parking: Main parking lot by restrooms. Vehicle day-use fee is $10.
What to expect: On this easy 2.5 mile family friendly walk, hike leader Charlotte McManus-Guthrie explore the plants, animals, and geology of our coastal bluffs. Bring water, hat, closed toe shoes, layered clothing, and binoculars if available. Meet next to park map in Wilder Ranch main parking lot.
Length of hike: 2.5 mile easy family friendly walk. Rain cancels.
Ages: All welcome.
Preparation: Wear extra layers, sun protection, and bring water.
Special instructions: No pets.
Contact: Sky.Biblin@parks.ca.gov or (831) 426-0505.