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Alameda Creek Regional Trail

22.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Crystal Springs Regional Trail

16.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Eagle Lake Trail

5.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Eureka Waterfront Trail

6.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail

1 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail

8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Lake Almanor Recreation Trail

9.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Lake Merced Loop (San Francisco)

4.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Gatos Creek Trail

11.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Merced River Trail

13.1 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

18 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Morro Bay Harborwalk

0.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Napa River Trail

4.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail

4.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

Sacramento River Rail Trail

11.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Sacramento River Trail

12.27 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete

San Diego River Trail

6 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

San Francisco Bay Trail

301.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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Tahoe Trailways Bike Path

19.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Two Rivers Trail

1.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Union Valley Bike Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path

3.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Yosemite Valley Trails

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Alameda Creek Regional Trail runs from the mouth of Niles Canyon in Fremont to the San Francisco Bay, allowing recreational access to the levees on both sides of Alameda Creek and its flood...
CA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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 Crystal Springs Regional Trail is a developing network made up of three distinct portions: the San Andreas segment, Sawyer Camp segment and Crystal Springs segment. The two northern segments are...
CA 16.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Eagle Lake Trail provides a pleasant ride through pine and sage trees along the south shore of the second largest natural lake in California. The trail is located in Lassen National Forest and...
CA 5.2 mi Asphalt
Northern California's Eureka Waterfront Trail is located along the shore of Humboldt Bay, stretching 6.5 miles from the former Eureka Holmes Lumber Mill site to Tydd Street on the eastern edge of the...
CA 6.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Grimshaw Lake Watchable Wildlife Trail is part of the Amargosa River Natural Area, administered by the Bureau of Land Management. The gravel trail follows an easy, flat route along the abandoned...
CA 1 mi Dirt, Gravel
The scenic Huntington Beach Bicycle Trail runs along the Pacific Ocean waterfront of the most populous beach city in Orange County. Paved over its entire length and remarkably wide at some points, the...
CA 8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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
This 4.5-mile paved trail encircles Lake Merced in southwestern San Francisco. The western leg of the loop is also referred to as the Lake Merced Measured Mile and is part of a larger, regional effort...
CA 4.5 mi Asphalt
It is difficult to travel through suburban Santa Clara County for more than a few minutes without noticing an abundance of cyclists and runners in the area. If you are strolling to downtown Los Gatos,...
CA 11.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Merced River Trail is an ungroomed, mostly dirt trail that follows the unshaded banks of the Merced River within the Merced River Recreation Area. Ideal for horseback riding, mountain biking and...
CA 13.1 mi Ballast, Dirt
Winding along the Pacific coast, the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a great way to tour Monterey and adjacent communities while enjoying the...
CA 18 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Morro Bay Harborwalk has all the beauty you'd expect from a southern California trail: sparkling surf, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs in the distance. But the best sight is unique to the city:...
CA 0.5 mi Asphalt
The Napa River Trail parallels its namesake river through the City of Napa from Kennedy Park to just south of Trancas Crossing Park. It is currently open in two disconnected segments. The southern...
CA 4.2 mi Asphalt
The Omer Rains Coastal Bike Trail, named after a popular local politician and environmentalist, is an incredibly scenic route along Ventura's Pacific coast. Much of the trail offers dramatic views of...
CA 4.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Over the years the Bureau of Land Management, with many partners, has worked diligently to develop one of the premier trail destinations in the West. North of Redding, the Sacramento River Rail Trail...
CA 11.1 mi Asphalt
Tucked away in Northern California's Shasta County is the charming town of Redding, which over the years has worked diligently to become one of the premier trail destinations in the West. The pride of...
CA 12.27 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The San Diego River Trail is a network of paths that lead along the San Diego River channel and mud flats and provide access to Mission/Fashion Valley shopping areas. You can walk or ride on either...
CA 6 mi Asphalt
The San Francisco Bay Trail is a colossal effort to create a 500-mile multiuse trail encircling its namesake bay. Along its course, the trail will link 47 cities through 9 counties, providing numerous...
CA 301.5 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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The Tahoe Trailways Bike Path meanders along the west shore of Lake Tahoe in California. From a hub in Tahoe City's 64-Acres Park, the system branches out with three paved legs, reaching Dollar Point...
CA 19.4 mi Asphalt
The scenic Ten Mile Beach Trail, also referred to by locals as the MacKerricher Haul Road Trail, is part of an old road used to transport lumber from the Ten Mile River watershed to a mill in Fort...
CA 3 mi Asphalt
The Two Rivers Trail runs adjacent to the American River and connects Jibboom Street and State Route 160 in the redeveloping northern reaches of downtown Sacramento. It provides a connection to the...
CA 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Union Valley Bike Trail is a two-lane, paved route that connects the campgrounds on the east side of Union Valley Reservoir in the Eldorado National Forest. The trail skirts the shores of the...
CA 5.8 mi Asphalt
The West Cliff Drive Bicycle Path is just over 3 miles long, but, with its gorgeous backdrop of ocean waves and dramatic cliffs, you'll wish it was longer. The fairly flat, paved trail winds its way...
CA 3.4 mi Asphalt
Nestled within Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley's seven square miles contain probably more scenic beauty per acre than can be found anywhere in the world. There is no better way to see it all...
CA 7.5 mi Asphalt

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Ventura River Trail

15 mile paved bike path from Ventura to Ojai

August, 2018 by califislands

The Ventura River Trail and the Ojai Valley Trail combine to allow a bicyclist to ride from downtown Ventura to downtown Ojai. It is a very nice ride. The trail goes slightly uphill from the coast to Ojai (approximately 800 feet of elevation gain). Suitable for all ages and abilities.

The trail section through Ventura goes through the industrial area initially constructed during the heyday of the oil boom of the 1920s. Not beautiful; but still interesting. Foster Park, approximately 6 miles from the start in Ventura, is an excellent rest stop (bathrooms, water, views of the Ventura River). Just above Foster Park is a very cool bike bridge at the Ventura River. The remainder of the trail to Ojai offers beautiful views of the mountains, the river valley, and broad landscapes. Libbey Park in Ojai has water, bathrooms, shade, and playgrounds for kids.

The coast end of the trail connects to the Omer Rains bike path which will bring cyclists to the beach. Plenty of options for a full day of cycling and enjoying the Ventura and Ojai areas.

The bike trail is Class I and car-free. However, there are streets that cross the trail and cyclists must be cautious and stop at every crossing if there are cars.

Santa Maria River Levee Trail

Trail gated off at N. Blosser Rd.

August, 2018 by t0022

I just rode the entire trail and found that the western end of the trail is gated off at N. Blosser Rd. A sign on the gate shows "No trespassing" on the levee. Trail is mostly hard packed gravel.

Marvin Braude Bike Trail

sometimes you need some salt air

July, 2018 by stephaniann6

Rode this for the first time this week and it was a lovely ride. Down and back I managed 28 miles on the path, from around Redondo to Washington Blvd and back. It was a very nice ride, with great views, and it was easy to forget you were still in LA. Parts of it were 8 mph speed limit due to higher trafficked areas and there are parts where you may have to get off and walk your bike depending on what events are happening off the strand. It wasn’t terribly busy when I went, but I’m sure it does get that. Some sand on the path but not enough to make it terribly difficult on a road bike. Will be back!

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Blue Gravel Mine Trail

it's a good trail... it has super big steep hills.

July, 2018 by jimbobweg

it's a good trail... it has super big steep hills.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

What are they afraid of?

July, 2018 by doremead

We are traveling through 48 states. In each state, we're biking our tandem bicycle 50 miles. The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail looked perfect for us.

But: NO! At every road crossing, the trail includes two pairs of offset gates; we'd have to dismount, go through a gate, and then re-mount to ride. After 24 sets of gates, we gave up.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

Great Mountain Bike Trail - Definitely Recommend!

July, 2018 by sag_tl

I rode the first half of this trail west from Susanville to the Goumaz trailhead and campground, and back east to Susanville. The trail features beautiful scenery in the Lassen National Forest, running along the banks of the Susan River. This trail is a must-ride, clearly meriting its acclaim in the Rail Trail Hall of Fame! The roughly 1% grade barely is noticeable traveling westward, and is a wonderful tailwind when heading east. A special shuttle bus the local transit authority operates runs east from clearly-marked stops in Susanville out to the rural trailheads, where you can ride the entire trail eastward on the downhill grade. We observed several cyclists doing this, and for many people this would be preferable to riding the entire trail 50 miles out-and-back in the same outing.

The trail surface is packed gravel with a few rough spots and washed-out areas. Certainly would recommend a hardtail mountain bike.

As another reviewer noted, the trail inexplicably ends with no markings at the Devil's Corral trailhead just east of highway 36. I spent 30 minutes walking around, surveying the area, and finally convincing myself to use a craggy singletrack dirt trail that runs westward under highway 36 and picks-up the Bizz Johnson immediately west of the highway. To much confusion, the detour is marked only on the west side of highway 36, not on the east side. The detour appears to be in-place for safety reasons, where traffic flows fast on the highway and cyclists would be encouraged to walk or bike across the highway in front of oncoming traffic. The detour singletrack trail is steep and craggy, and most riders will want to "hike-a-bike" this approximately 0.25 mile section of trail.

Union Valley Bike Trail

Great for bikers or walkers

July, 2018 by svanarts

Beautiful scenery and an easy walk. We didn't see anyone on the trail the whole day we were there until we were walking back. There were lots of people in the campgrounds and on the lake though.

Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail

Rialto-Rancho Cucamonga (5 stars), Upland-Montclair (2 stars)

June, 2018 by samsetabrige

This trail is pretty good from rialto to rancho but from upland to Montclair it's not that good. The trail is fairly easy and clean with OK scenic view. But there are quite a few breaks on the trail which one might find a little annoying.

Sir Francis Drake Bikeway (Cross Marin Trail)

Half Fire Trail / Half Paved Trail

June, 2018 by christopherwgodowski

The start of the trail by the fish viewing area is a FIRE TRAIL. The second half, after crossing the road, is paved asphalt. Unfortunately I showed up with my road bike and not my mountain bike, so my ride was a short one.

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

West from Susanville

June, 2018 by richardwinger

We started at the Susanville station and went west. At mile 7, HWY 36, the trail stopped and there were no signs to tell us where to go. We finally made our way down an embankment, under the highway and up the other side; the trail under HWY 36 was narrow and dangerous. The rail/trail picked up on the other side of the highway. Coming back, we went around a barrier, opened a fence along HWY 36 and crossed the highway to the other side. The trail was interesting between Susanville and HWY 36. West of the 36, it was straight and not very interesting. The grade going west was almost unnoticeable and coming back, when we were tired, it was a big help. The surface of the trail was good for the first seven miles and was a little rough from thereon.

Contra Costa Canal Trail

Wonderful Trail! Great Surface, Nice Ride!

June, 2018 by cindylrowe

A friend and I rode this trail as part of a two-day bike ride in East Bay – riding the Iron Horse Trail and the Contra Costa Canal Trails. On the first day – we road mostly the Iron Horse and then rode the Eastern Section of the Canal Trail to the end and back. This section of the Canal trail started out a bit rough but only for a small portion – maybe 100 yards – then the surface was smooth and it was a great ride along the canal through nice neighborhoods. We spent the night near the intersection of the Iron Horse and the Canal Trail and rode the Western Section the next day before heading back down the Iron Horse Trail. The western section of the trail was great as well – nice surface – easy to follow with a minimum of street crossings. Both of these trails have a lot of street crossings, but almost all of the crossings give a preference to the trail. We only had to wait at a few. Definitely a nice place to ride!

Iron Horse Regional Trail

A Great East Bay Ride - Dublin to Concord

June, 2018 by cindylrowe

A friend and I rode this trail as part of a two-day bike ride in East Bay – riding the Iron Horse Trail and the Contra Costa Canal Trails. This trail gets 4.5 stars – there are some sections that area not all that great, but for the most part of the 24.5 miles we rode (both ways) are fabulous! We started in Dublin and rode to the end. The trail from Dublin through Danville and Alamo was really excellent, going through nice neighborhoods, has a GREAT, smooth surface and was sheltered for the most part so wind was not a great factor either way. The Walnut Creek section was a bit sketchy with some not so nice, unattractive sections with chain-link fences and rough surface. Odd – because one of the sections was used by High School students in large groups going home – it is absolutely used as a transportation route – not just a multi-use trail for recreation. We would have thought it would be better maintained. Past that and into Concord it was nice again except that there is an unmarked break in the trail at Monument Boulevard. We simply crossed a road and ended up on the wrong trail without noticing and there are no markings at all to say turn left here and go a few feet to the Iron Horse Trail so we found ourselves dumped onto a street unexpectedly. This was the Monument Corridor Trail in Concord. When you cross Monument Boulevard, you need to pay attention. It was a bit confusing and difficult to get back to the trail we wanted. But we did and coming back figured out what the problem was. The rest of the trail was ok but a bit choppy (i.e., bumps, cracks) around the airport. There are a couple of underpasses – but you notice right away if you miss them and can see where the trail is – like at Concord Avenue. The end of the trail is through an open field on the side of an airport and can get quite windy – but it isn’t long and is just part of the experience. Overall – a GREAT ride!

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