California Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
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Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

College Connector Path

0.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Great Shasta Rail Trail

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

9.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lake Tahoe Boulevard Bike Path

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lakes Basin Path

5.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lodestar Connector

0.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Main Street Connector

0.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Meridian Connector

1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

86 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

North Waterford Connector

0.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sawmill Bike Path

2.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Shady Rest Path

0.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sierra Park Connector

0.3 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Town Loop

6.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Truckee River Legacy Trail

4.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This 13 mile, non-motorized, multi-use trail is currently being improved to create a smoother tread surface for equestrians, hikers and bikers. It extends from downtown Chester where it crosses Main...
CA 13 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
The spectacular Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail runs between Westwood and Susanville in Lassen County. It cuts through the thick woodlands of the high country into the awesome Susan River...
CA 25.4 mi Dirt, Gravel
The College Connector Path is a short link between the Mammoth Lakes Library and popular Town Loop, which encircles the community. The trail, which is lit for night use, passes through the scenic...
CA 0.7 mi Asphalt
More than half of the planned 80-mile Great Shasta Rail Trail is now open. The rail-trail meanders through Northern California’s small towns and the natural beauty of the Lassen and Shasta-Trinity...
CA 43 mi Cinder
The Lake Almanor Recreation Trail offers scenic views of the lake and mountains, including Lassen Volcano in nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail follows 9.5 miles of the southwest shore of...
CA 9.5 mi Asphalt
The Lake Tahoe Boulevard Bike Path follows its namesake road for its entire route in scenic El Dorado County, but unlike most sidepaths, this trail offers a winding course through dense forest. Smooth...
CA 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Lakes Basin Path is a stunningly gorgeous trail that stretches from downtown Mammoth Lakes to a series of lakes to the community's south. Paralleling quiet Lake Mary Road for its entire route, the...
CA 5.2 mi Asphalt
The Lodestar Connector is a short link between neighborhoods of western Mammoth Lakes and the popular Town Loop, which encircles the community. As its name suggests, the path parallels Lodestar Drive...
CA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Main Street Connector is a short link between the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and the longer Shady Rest Path, which extends north to Shady Rest Park. Midway, trail users can take a tunnel under...
CA 0.4 mi Asphalt
The Meridian Connector is a useful link between Mammoth Lakes' elementary, middle and high schools and the popular Town Loop, which encircles the community. Midway, a spur connects trail users to...
CA 1 mi Asphalt
The Modoc Line runs 86 miles between Wendel in the south and McArthur Siding in the north (just south of Alturas). The most scenic sections are between Likely and Madeline and Snowstorm Canyon. The...
CA 86 mi Ballast, Cinder, Gravel
The North Waterford Connector is a short link between neighborhoods of southern Mammoth Lakes and the popular Town Loop, which encircles the community. Like many of Mammoth Lakes' trails, the North...
CA 0.4 mi Asphalt
The Sawmill Bike Path currently consists of two open segments—with a third in the works to link them—just south of the resort town of South Lake Tahoe. When complete, the trail will provide a seamless...
CA 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Shady Rest Path is a scenic paved trail that winds north from a junction with the short Main Street Connector to Shady Rest Park. Open from May to November, the park features several athletic...
CA 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Sierra Park Connector is a short link from both the Mammoth Lakes Library and new College Connector Path to the popular Town Loop, which encircles the community. Midway, a spur connects trail...
CA 0.3 mi Asphalt
For more than 50 years in the early 1900s, the Sugar Pine Railway operated steam trains to haul logs along the Stanislaus River for the Standard Lumber Company and later the Pickering Lumber Company....
CA 5.04 mi Dirt
The Town Loop is a popular trail that encircles the scenic community of Mammoth Lakes, providing access to a host of neighborhoods, businesses and recreational amenities. The vast majority of the...
CA 6.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Truckee River Legacy Trail follows the river's south side, providing scenic views and access to two recreational amenities: Truckee River Regional Park and Riverview Sports Park. The paved trail...
CA 4.4 mi Asphalt
The Western States Pioneer Trail runs for 34 miles between Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail and Auburn Equestrian Staging Area near Gum Lane in Auburn. The trail, open to hikers and horseback riders...
CA 34.4 mi Dirt, Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Sacramento River Trail

several sections closed

October, 2018 by adshaikh

We hit trail closures from Sundial Park on both sides making it impossible to do a loop or to go very far. On the North side of the river, The Sacramento River Trail Bridge was closed so you can’t cross over to the other side there and have to turn around a backtrack. On the south side, the trail is closed at the Middle Creek Trail intersection. We ended up riding the Middle Creek Trail which travels through burned, scorched woods.

Chandler Bikeway

short and sweet

October, 2018 by dsantos10

Clean, sunny and breezy. Well-marked and safe. Lots of murals and statues as well as trees and plants along the way. Street parking without pay meters. Definitely recommend.

Orange Line Bike Path

great

October, 2018 by oesparza07

It's a great family trail very easy

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Coastal Rail Trail

Will be great someday

October, 2018 by wintersintucson

We've ridden the two segments in Oceanside. The segments are nice and plenty wide enough. Any trail that gets you away from traffic is a much more enjoyable experience than the narrow city streets here. The main issue is the segments are so short and disjointed. Once the entire section through Oceanside is completed, it will be a great boon to residents and tourism. Once the trail from Oceanside to San Diego is completed it will be a biker's mecca. Given how dense the coastal cities are here I can't see this ever happening in my lifetime unless the railroad is willing to create an easement along the tracks.

San Diego Creek Trail

nice rest areas

October, 2018 by apvalerius

This trail has some rest areas near the eastern terminus. The best-looking one IMO is west of the East Yale Loop exit.

Despite Wikipedia: The San Diego Creek bicycle path connects major points such as Newport Beach, University of California, Irvine, Boomers, Colonel Bill Barber Park, Irvine Civic Center, The Crossroads Shopping Center, Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge Community Park, Atria Senior Residential Area, Windrow Community Park, Irvine Medical Complex, and ultimately, Irvine Spectrum Center.

The trail actually ends at the 133 toll road. East of the Alton Parkway exit there's just a lonely mile with no exits and a guardrail at the end. At least the Alton Parkway exit is only 1 mile west of the Irvine Spectrum Center, so you're not on Alton Parkway EastBound for too long.

Los Gatos Creek Trail

great trail, lots of people

October, 2018 by megajewell

It’s tough to go a constant speed on your bike because it’s congested on the weekends. Lovely otherwise

West County Regional Trail

just a heads up if you’re on a board

September, 2018 by dannycfoote

Do yourself a favor and skip the first half of this trail if you’re on a board. It’s pretty lame to begin with and the roads that you have to travel along are terrible. Part of the first half is also gravel and you’ll have to walk. But the second half is pretty awesome...especially the last 1/4. Go off the trail a bit and explore the back roads..there are some fun hills.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

PET

September, 2018 by reddvl1974

I usually stay in Rancho. I'm still trying to get in shape lol. The ride towards Fontana is horribly bumpy. But I like it better than the trail to Claremont. Only because coming back is more uphill. I haven't ventured outside Rancho or Upland. The trail is definitely not set up right for any kind of riding. It should have been laid down with no separation cracks. I heard Claremont is not this way??

Arroyo Mocho Trail

NOT a PAVED trail.

September, 2018 by rocketruss

After reading about the Arroyo Mocho Trail, I headed out to reconnoiter my future commute route to work (Livermore) from San Ramon. The first 4-5 miles of this trail is hazardous for those with novice or beginner level riding skills. Those first few miles are mostly loose gravel with some gaping cracks in the paved sections. After that, the trail turns to a smoother, paved trail. Mountain, Gravel, Cyclocross or otherwise 'wide tires' are recommended for those with less experience riding in loose terrain.

Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way

Spanish Bay to Del Monte Blvd., Pacific Grove

September, 2018 by crankybeach

A friend and I parked one car on Del Monte near Egan, then drove the other car to a spot just outside the PG gate on 17 Mile Drive. We parked next to the fire road gate leading into the Rip Van Winkle Open Space. We then crossed the street and found the (unmarked) beginning of the trail. We made our way between the back sides of some businesses along Sunset Drive and the edge of the Spanish Bay golf course, crossed Sunset Drive at Crocker, and picked up the trail heading north.

Just after we crossed Sinex Avenue, we arrived at the site of the Asilomar station (such as it was) with a rebuilt replica of the tiny passenger shelter and an explanatory sign. Continuing north, the trail eventually turns into a narrow street, appropriately named Railroad Way, which terminates at Lighthouse Avenue. After crossing Lighthouse, we skirted the edges of the El Carmelo Cemetery and came out on the golf course, now heading east. We followed the path, crossed 17 Mile Drive and finally came out on Del Monte, close to where we had parked the first car. We followed the former track bed as far as a fence with a locked gate, on the other side of which is the mobile home park whose apparently-unnamed driveway (private property, no trespassing, as the sign says) continues the former train route to Lovers Point.

We picked up the car we had left on Del Monte, and drove it back over to where we had left the other car.

My step counter told me we had walked 1.7 miles total.

Although none of the trail is marked, it was not at all difficult to follow.

For anyone interested in historical information (and photographs) of all the railroads around the Monterey Bay, santacruztrains.com has a wealth of information.

Great Shasta Rail Trail

Great trail- but be careful!

September, 2018 by 777horsegir

Beautiful trees on the trail. The area is beautiful. After about 1.5-2 miles on the trail, there is a bridge over a creek and that is so gorgeous!

But a couple of things to beware of. 1- there are no signs on the side of the road so when you turn off the 89 it is 1 mile- so just pay attention to the mileage. You do see the red cinders and the trail going up the road, so that helps to ID the trail. Also not a lot of places to park.

The biggest issue was the red cinder substrate. It was very loose and thick so not only is it tough to steer in but, pulls your bicycle tires so it is tough to ride. The shoulders are VERY LOOSE (substrate) and the center of the trail road is also higher and loose so tough to cross over it from side to side. After about 2 miles on the trail there was a hard packed dirt road so we left the trail and followed the dirt road which was so much easier to steer and ride on.

We will not be back. Maybe once the substrate gets rained on and is more compact it might be better but we almost wrecked on our bicycles several times and my husband has a fat bike (so the tires are bigger - more like a motorcycle) and I have mountain bike tires and so they both should have been ok in the substrate but it was tough!

Bayshore Bikeway

One of my favs

September, 2018 by jamie.r.herrera

Most of the route goes through scenic areas, both marshy and through Coronado. Sure, there’s some industrial parts and can be hefty headwinds but it’s an overall nice ride.

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