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Length
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Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail

18.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Sand

Almanor Rail Trail

13 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Alum Rock Park Trail

2.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail

25.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Gravel

Black Diamond Railroad Trail

0.8 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Bud Turner Trail

1.84 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Calero Creek Trail

1.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

3.2 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Coyote Creek Trail (San Jose)

22.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Crocker Park Recreational Trail

2.5 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Crushed Stone

El Dorado Trail

35.9 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Evergreen Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: CA
Gravel

Fairfield Linear Park

6.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Great Shasta Rail Trail

43 mi
State: CA
Cinder

Hammond Trail

5.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Hornbeck Trail

4 mi
State: CA
Dirt

Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

18 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Juanita Cooke Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Lands End Trail

2 mi
State: CA
Crushed Stone, Dirt
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Linear Park (CA)

1.1 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Los Banos Rail-Trail

1 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

Miners Ravine Trail

7.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Modoc Line Rail Trail

86 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Cinder, Gravel

Montgomery Hill Trail

0.4 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Grass

Mt. Lowe Railroad Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Old Railroad Grade

4.4 mi
State: CA
Ballast, Dirt

Penitencia Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Petaluma Trails

12.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Salt Creek Trail (CA)

5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Santa Fe Trail (Tulare)

4.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Dirt

Saratoga Creek Trail

1.5 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel

Shepherd Canyon Trail (Montclair Railroad Trail)

1.4 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way

1.9 mi
State: CA
Dirt, Woodchips

Sutter Commuter Bikeway

4.65 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Union Valley Bike Trail

5.8 mi
State: CA
Asphalt

Yerba Buena Creek Trail

0.7 mi
State: CA
Asphalt, Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Aliso Creek Riding and Hiking Trail passes through the heart of Mission Viejo from South Laguna to Rancho Santa Margarita along an 18.5-mile corridor. The trail features many parks in Orange...
CA 18.4 mi Asphalt, Sand
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
Nestled between Alum Rock Canyon and the Mt. Diablo foothills, Alum Rock Park west of San Jose is California's oldest city park. From the early to mid-1900s it was a popular resort and spa, complete...
CA 2.4 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Starting at Goleta Beach State Park, the Atascadero Creek Bike Path travels east toward Santa Barbara's center, following a flood-control channel. The paved path (a.k.a. Obern Trail) is a popular...
CA 3.5 mi Asphalt
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 Black Diamond Railroad Trail is within the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, a splendid place to visit with a fascinating and unique history. From the 1850s to the early 1900s, the region was...
CA 0.8 mi Dirt
Experience the easy life of the West Coast on Orange County's Bud Turner Trail. Set in a quiet neighborhood in the city of Fullerton, the trail is ideal for all types of trail use and uniquely caters...
CA 1.84 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Calero Creek Trail runs between Singer Park and Santa Teresa County Park. The trail is paved between Los Alamitos Creek and Harry Road (0.7 mile) and has a gravel surface between Harry Road and...
CA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Clarksburg Branch Line Trail in West Sacramento runs between Jefferson Boulevard at S. River Road and Gregory Avenue where S. River Road loops around and returns. The surface is crushed concrete...
CA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
For most of its length, the scenic Coyote Creek Trail meanders along its namesake creek south of the city of San Jose. South of Metcalf Road, an equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. A smaller...
CA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Crocker Park Recreational Trail loops around Crocker Park businesses in the town of Brisbane. The 2.5-mile, gravel trail begins and ends on Park Lane across from the dog park, although you can...
CA 2.5 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone
Passing through California’s historic Gold Rush country, the El Dorado Trail runs more than 35 miles from Camino west to the line between El Dorado and Sacramento counties, just south of Folsom. The...
CA 35.9 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Evergreen Creek Trail follows its namesake creek between San Felipe Road and Yerba Buena Road. To the north of the gravel trail is suburbia (with a row of trees separating the trail from the...
CA 1.2 mi Gravel
Running from Solano Community College on the southwest edge of town and into the town of Fairfield, the Fairfield Linear Park Path provides convenient bike access to the action on campus and in the...
CA 6.1 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
Undulating along the Northern California coastline, the 5.5-mile Hammond Trail provides adventure, history and beautiful vistas. Constructed along a portion of the abandoned Little River and Hammond...
CA 5.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Hornbeck Trail is one of several single-track dirt trails open on the east side of Keswick Reservoir in Shasta County. The trail follows the former route of the Quartz Hill Railway, which once...
CA 4 mi Dirt
The Humbug-Willow Creek Trail is really a collection of multi-use trails in the city of Folsom, about 32 miles' worth, and more are planned. The trails snake throughout the city, between Folsom Lake...
CA 18 mi Asphalt
The Juanita Cooke Greenbelt is a wonderful escape from the often-busy streets and highways of Orange County. This 2.5-mile trail in Fullerton connects some of the area's quiet neighborhoods with the...
CA 2.5 mi Dirt, Woodchips
Riding high on the cliffs at North America's western edge, this San Francisco-area trail offers unbeatable views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco Bay. Add to that a chance...
CA 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
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Running through downtown San Diego, Linear Park is a vibrant, palm-lined ribbon that parallels an active trolley line along Harbor Drive. The trail provides direct access to many of the city's...
CA 1.1 mi Asphalt
The Los Banos Rail Trail offers a 1-mile alternative to non-motorized travel through downtown Los Banos, paralleling H Street between Mecry Springs Road and 2nd Street. The trail occupies a disused...
CA 1 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
The Miners Ravine Trail winds its way through the city of Roseville, following the course of Miners Ravine and Dry Creek through a wooded greenway and among suburban neighborhoods and business...
CA 7.5 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 Montgomery Hill Trail is a short dirt trail traversing Montgomery Hill Park, an undeveloped green space in San Jose. The trail offers nice views of the surrounding area and links Yerba Buena Creek...
CA 0.4 mi Dirt, Grass
The Mount Lowe Railway was created as a scenic tourist line to bring visitors to see Mount Lowe and Echo Mountain. The railway opened in 1893 and stopped services in 1938. Interestingly, the railway...
CA 5.8 mi Ballast, Dirt
As it winds up to the eastern peak of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, this picturesque trail offers an exhilarating combination of far-reaching views, history and challenge. The trail follows the...
CA 4.4 mi Ballast, Dirt
The Penitencia Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through a suburban greenbelt in northeast San José. On the northeastern end, the trail passes by a series of percolation ponds, and you can take a...
CA 2.8 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Petaluma Trails consist of 5 trails, each one through a unique and scenic part of historic Petaluma. There is a two-mile circular loop through Shollenberger Park and a one-mile trail that links...
CA 12.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Salt Creek Trail, with more arms than an octopus, offers a variety of experiences for trail users of all types in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. Featuring two sections, several branches and a mix...
CA 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Tulare's Santa Fe Trail is located in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley, one of the most productive agriculture areas in the world. The trail extends east to west across the central portion...
CA 4.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Saratoga Creek Trail follows the winding course of the creek between just south of I-280 (Junipero Serra Freeway) and Saratoga Creek Park. The trail parallels the Lawrence Expressway/County Route G2...
CA 1.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Tucked in the quiet Oakland hills neighborhood of Montclair, the Shepherd Canyon Trail (a.k.a. Montclair Railroad Trail) is a popular community rail-trail that has come to symbolize the power of...
CA 1.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The spectacular Sir Francis Drake Bikeway (also known as the Cross Marin Trail) sits on the recycled roadbed of the former North Pacific Coast Railroad, which used to run from Larkspur to Cazadero....
CA 5.3 mi Asphalt
The Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way passes through residential neighborhoods on the west side of Pacific Grove, providing a nice walking and biking spot for residents and visiting tourists to...
CA 1.9 mi Dirt, Woodchips
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 Sutter Bike Path follows a short portion of the old Sacramento Northern Railroad and runs a straight line between Hooper Road and Acacia Avenue. The trail links to bike lanes at Hooper Road, which...
CA 4.65 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
If you're looking for quiet solidarity amid the beautiful, rugged scenery of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this trail is for you. The Hull Creek segment of the West Side Railway line is certainly off...
CA 9 mi Ballast, Dirt
Tucked away in the sparsely populated Tuolumne County, this portion of the Stanislaus National Forest's Westside Rails is a hidden treasure, combining spectacular scenery and a route that represents...
CA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Yerba Buena Creek Trail follows its namesake creek through Evergreen Park behind the community center, paralleling Yerba Buena Road and Park Estates Way.
CA 0.7 mi Asphalt, Gravel

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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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