California Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

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

SERENDIPITY

February, 2019 by thejake91739

The wife and I rode the trail on a perfect September late afternoon back in 2013. On our way to bike rides in Oregon and Washington, we stopped in Redding for the night after driving all day from southern California.
With a few hours to spare before dinner, we decided to get some exercise and to bike the trail. It wasn't on our trip agenda, but what a smart decision it was!
Starting at the Sundial Bridge, we enjoyed a leisurely, serene ride up along one side of the river and then back down along the opposite side. With the exception of a couple of hills going up river that the wife hated, the trail was fairly easy for a couple of middle age fifty somethings to negotiate. I especially enjoyed the river views and going through the forest of trees on the down river side!
We'll always have fond memories of that beautiful late summer unexpected afternoon ride, and we burned enough calories after sitting in the SUV all day to justify a good dinner afterwards!

Arroyo Seco Bike Path

Closed for Repairs

February, 2019 by elvis45687

As of the date of this review, the Arroyo Seco is closed for repairs. Most of the entry gates have been chained up. I was able to get on the path and it can be dangerous to anyone riding a bike. The recent storms have caused large boulders to slide down the hill on to the path along with mud and debris. There are also pieces of concrete/steel plating missing which is a hazard. I will post again once it is open.

Whittier Greenway Trail

Leisurely Ride

February, 2019 by elvis45687

Overall this is a decent trail which is well maintained. I recommend that you start at the Pioneer Blvd entry point as this will provide a more enjoyable experience-the last third of this trail as you approach Mills Ave is a constant "start-stop" experience with traffic lights and crossroads. This is not the trail to use if you are looking to ride/run at a consistent pace/speed due to cross traffic....but certainly fine for a leisurely outing. A nice feature of this trail is that it's close to the San Gabriel River trail with directions on how to navigate to it from the Pioneer Blvd entry point.

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San Francisco Bay Trail

Richmond Start

February, 2019 by acewickwire

Started at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond and traveled south (clockwise) along the bay to the Central Ave intersection and return. A good portion of the trail is wide and plenty of room for walkers and bikers. The last couple miles we rode is a bit narrower, still enough room for both. Trail condition is great. A number of interpretative signs are placed, discussing the history and nature of this area. Well worth the visit. Take time to see the Rosie Visitor Center. Luck was with us when we visited and were able to attend a talk by the National Park Service’s oldest park ranger (97 yrs old). Betty Reid Soskin is an articulate speaker and recounted her time living in the area and working in the ship yards during WWII. If given the opportunity don’t miss out. Noted that the trail in this area had great signage and shouldn’t have any trouble following the route. Some of the trail going north (counterclockwise) was on the street with designated bike lanes. Looking forward to doing other sections of this trail when we visit again in the future.

Santa Cruz Riverwalk

Good Connection to West Cliff

February, 2019 by acewickwire

Only rode a short distance of this trail from Trader Joe’s parking lot down to the West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path. Some traffic on this trail but not as much as the West Cliff path. Path condition was fine, not a real wide path but ok. A number of homeless folks hanging out on and along the path. Was panhandled while in Trader Joe’s parking lot. At no time did we feel uncomfortable with environment, just unfortunate.

West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path

Busy Trail

February, 2019 by acewickwire

Started the ride at Trader Joe’s parking lot along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk, rode downstream to the intersection with the West Cliff Drive trail. Then rode up the coast to the end of this trail. Trail in good condition and nice surface but lots & lots of other folks on the trail, mostly walkers. Great scenery of Santa Cruz bay, coastline, and surfers along the trail. So much traffic on the trail made it challenging. Once at end of trail decided it would be easier to ride the road. So on return trip stayed on the parallel road and sailed along without obstruction. Consider this as the return option.

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Lacks Good Directional Signage

February, 2019 by acewickwire

We rode this in two sections.
First section started at Casa Verde Way and rode North to the intersection of Lapis Road and Hwy 1. Missed the first left turn to go over dunes (no directional signage) and after a short distance realized we needed to back track. Then at Lapis Road & Hwy 1 the trail appeared to end at this intersection (no directional signage), could have explored down the highway at little to find remainder of trail but by then had ridden about 15 miles, so called it at that point. We did divert off of this trail to ride the parallel Beach Range Road trail in Fort Ord Dunes State Park. That road is much wider and nicer to ride. Depending how long of ride you want but recommend ending at the North end of Beach Range Road and then return.
Second Section: Started again at Casa Verde Way heading south to end of trail at Lovers Point and return. This portion of trail has many more walkers and bikers but trail is wide enough for all and in very good condition. This portion has some great scenery, a number of interpretive signs along the way, stopped to watch the Harbor Seals at a number of stops. Highly recommend this portion of trail.

Beach Range Road Multi-Use Trail

Wide Old Road

January, 2019 by acewickwire

Connected on to this trail from the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail at the south end and rode to north end of trail. Nice wide paved trail/road that used to be a main road for Fort Ord (no longer used for vehicle traffic). At south end of trail a number of homeless camps and trash tossed around. Nothing threatening just an eye sore. A spur trail leads down to some old military munitions storage bunkers. A few information panels are along the trail. I went through basic training at Fort Ord and the trail passed by one of the rifle ranges we used, brought back some memories. Much better, wider, trail than the parallel running Monterey Bay trail.

Tracks at Brea Trail

first timer

January, 2019 by noved472

Great trail for beginners! My mom hates exercising but she actually enjoyed it. There’s a mini exercise space on the trail. There’s also a beautiful mini mural towards the end of the trail. All around nice experience.

Maria Ygnacio Bike Path

Good Connector Trail

January, 2019 by acewickwire

Connected to this path from the Obern Trail (see comments for that trail). Rode to end of trail. Trail follows along creek and through residential areas, although stays within the green space. Trail is paved and like others in area not real wide but does the job. Noted a number of connector trails and would have been fun to have more time to explore these connections. Maybe next time.

Atascadero Creek Trail (Obern Trail)

Real Name is Obern Trail

January, 2019 by acewickwire

After a short warm up on the Goleta Beach Trail (see comments for that trail), started ride from Goleta Beach Park and rode to end at Arroyo Road. Signage for the trail indicates this as Obern Trail, didn’t seen any signage for Atascadero Creek. The trail is paved, most of it is just wide enough for travel both directions but not a wide trail. The trail is older needing some overdue maintenance. We encountered a number of walkers and other bikers using the trail. Wasn’t a problem navigating around them. Trail is along the green space next to creek and away from traffic. Nice to have a quiet place without traffic. We connected to the Maria Ygnacio Bike Path from the Obern Trail (see comments for that trail).

Goleta Beach Trail

Okay for connection to UCSB

January, 2019 by acewickwire

Began ride at Goleta Beach Park and rode trail to UCSB and back. Trail is short and fine for connecting to UCSB. Otherwise not anything to brag about. We used this as a short warm up for the next trail starting from the park. See comments for Atascadero Creek Trail (Obern Trail).

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