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CALIFORNIA TRAIL CORRIDORS

California has recognized 26 different trail corridors
as part of the Recreational Trail Act.

American Discovery Trail - Backbone Trail - Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail -
Pacific Crest Trail
- Rim of the Valley Trail - San Dieguito River Park Coast to Crest Trail -
San Francisco Bay Trail - San Joaquin River Trail - Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail -
Lake Tahoe Bikeway 2000 - Bay Area Ridge Trail - Redwood Coast to Crest -
Tahoe Rim Trail - Pony Express National Historic Trail -Tuolumne Complex Trail -
Pacific Coast/California Coastal Trail - Merced River Trail - Questa to Sespe Trail -
Condor Trail - Santa Clara River Trail - Lario (Los Angeles-Rio Hondo Rivers) Trail -
San Gabriel River Trail - Whittier to Ortega Trail - Santa Ana River Trail -
Trans County Trail - California Desert Trail

Name of Trail Contact Location, Jurisdictions and Partnerships Trail Type, Length and % Complete Short Description
American Discovery Trail American Discovery Trail Society
PO Box 20155 Washington DC 20041-2155
(800) 663-2387 or (703)753- 0149
Info@DiscoveryTrail.org www.discoverytrail.org/index.html

Across 15 US states--In CA, uses Tahoe Rim, Western States, Pacific Crest, Pioneer Express Trails and the American River
Bikeway.
Multi-use, patchwork of existing trails and paved roads. Stretching across more than 6,800 miles, the ADT is the only
coast-to-coast, non motorized recreational trail.
Linking communities, cities, parks and wilderness, the ADT allows people to hike, bike or ride horses for an afternoon or a cross-country adventure.
Backbone Trail National Park Service
401 West Hillcrest Drive,
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 805-370-2301
www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/..
NPS--Santa Monica Mountains State Recreation Area. CSP--Will Rogers State Park and Point Mugu State Park Multi-use patchwork of fire roads, old and new trails. 60 of 65 miles completed.  
Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail The Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail PO Box 744, Pioneer CA 95666, info@mc2ct.org,
moke-trail@earthlink.net - www.mc2ct.org
San Francisco Bay to Pacific Crest Trail in Sierras. East Bay Regional Parks, East Bay Municipal Utilities District. CSP--Mt. Diablo State Park. Stanislaus National Forest. Multi-use. 87 miles of 300 planned completed. Patchwork of existing trails.
Portion in San Joaquin will be a water trail.
Trail consists of 5 segments divided by geographic and jurisdictional features: East Bay Contra Costa,
Delta, Camanche/Pardee, Middle Mokelumne, Upper Mokelumne Segments.
Pacific Crest Trail Pacific Crest Trail Association
5325 Elkhorn Blvd., PMB #256
Sacramento, CA 95842-2526
Phone: (916) 349-2109
Fax: (916) 349-1268
info@pcta.org www.pcta.org
US Forest Service www.fs.fed.us/pct
Mexico to Canada. USFS, BLM, NPS, CA State Parks Non-motorized, hiking and equestrian. No bikes. Predominantly dirt trails, occasionally crosses highways and paved roads. Some use of easements on private property. 1,692 miles completed. National Scenic trail, mostly along the spine of the Sierra Nevadas and the Cascade Mountains in the
Northwest, stretches from Mexico to Canada.
Rim of the Valley Trail Mary Benson c-maryb@msn.com Mountain ridges around San Fernando Valley. See PRC 33200-33215 Utilizes existing trail systems  
San Dieguito River Park Coast to Crest Trail The San Dieguito River Park 18372 Sycamore Creek Rd. Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (858) 674-2270
Fax: (858) 674-2280
jason@sdrp.org
www.sdrp.org/trails
San Diego County. The San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority. County of San Diego and the
Cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, San Diego and Solana Beach.
Multi-use, motorized vehicles prohibited. 55 miles planned, some completed. Specific trail alignments will be defined as area
master plans are completed, or as funding becomes available for individual segments. Some are non-contiguous.
The San Dieguito River Park goal is to create a multi-use trail system for hikers, bicyclists and
horseback riders that will extend from the ocean at Del Mar to the San Dieguito River's source on
Volcan Mountain, just north of Julian. Trail is made up of the following sectors: Coast to Crest, Piedras Pintadas, Highland Valley, North Shore, Crest Canyon,
Clevenger Canyon, Mule Hill, Riverpath Del Mar, Volcan Mountain, Santa Ysabel.
San Francisco Bay Trail Association of Bay Area Governments, 101 Eighth St. Oakland CA 94607
Phone (510)464-7900
www.baytrail.abag.ca.gov
laurat@abag.ca.gov
CA, Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma. Cities of
Alameda, Albany, American Canyon, Belmont, Belvedere, Benicia, Berkeley, Brisbane, Burlingame, Corte Madera, East Palo
Alto, Emeryville, Foster City, Fremont, Hayward, Hercules, Larkspur, Martinez, Menlo Park, Mill Valley, Millbrae, Milpitas, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Palo Alto, Pinole, Redwood City, Richmond, San Bruno, San Carlos, San
Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, Santa Clara, Sausalito, Sonoma, South San Francisco,
Sunnyvale, Tiburon, Union City and Vallejo. Utilities, private ownerships. PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE SECTION 31160-31165
 Consists of paved multi-use paths, dirt trails, bike lanes, sidewalks or city streets signed as bike routes. The Bay Trail also
connects to trails that lead inland, and with the Ridge Trail. 240 miles completed (50%).
 
San Joaquin River Trail San Joaquin River Conservancy www.sjrc.ca.gov
5469 East Olive Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727
Phone (559) 253-7324
Fax (559) 456-3194
US Dept of the Interior Bureau of Land Management
www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/...
Bakersfield Field Office
3801 Pegasus Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Phone Number: (661) 391-6000
San Joaquin River in Madera and San Joaquin counties. North of Fresno. The San Joaquin River Trail bridge at Big Sandy Creek, within the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area has been installed and
is open for use. This bridge links the San Joaquin River Gorge trail system to the State Parks’ trail system. From the BLM
trailhead to Sky Harbor is approximately 14 trail miles.
When completed the San Joaquin River Trail will connect Highway 99 to the Pacific Crest Trail near the Devils Postpile National Monument. Portions of the trail cover prehistoric trade routes of the Mono Indians.
Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail


U.S. Dept. of Interior, National Park Service
1111 Jackson Street, Suite 700
Oakland, California 94607
Tel. 510-817-1438
Fax 510-817-1505 www.nps.gov/juba/index.htm
In CA--14 coastal counties from northern to southern parts of the state. In AZ--14 counties in western AZ. NPS, USFS, BLM, CSP,
California Army National Guard, San Juan Bautista Chamber of Commerce, East Bay Regional Parks District, Los Angeles River
Center and Gardens, and the City of Atascadero.
Heritage Corridor theme trail that traces route of Spanish explorer. 900 mile route in CA and AZ. Only 80 miles is actually
trail, the rest is paved or dirt roads identified as "Auto Tour Route" with signs. Complete auto-route.
Commemorates the route of explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. Large amount of historical interpretive information provided by NPS at their website.
Lake Tahoe Bikeway 2000


Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Phone number: (775) 588-4547
Fax: (775) 588-4527
Mailing Address: PO Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449
www.trpa.org
trpa@trpa.org
The responsible implementingentities are the City of South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado County, Placer County, Caltrans, NDOT, Douglas County, Carson City, Washoe County, California State Parks, Nevada Division of State Parks, United States Forest Service, Tahoe City Public Utility
District, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Tahoe Transportation District, and General Improvement Districts.
Most pedestrian facilities of regional significance are Class I / Shared Use Paths that accommodate
both bicycle and pedestrian travel. The current system has limited facilities concentrated in the north shore communities of
Tahoe City, CA; Kings Beach, CA; and Incline Village, NV and the south shore communities of South Lake Tahoe, CA; and
Stateline, NV.
Goal: Provide safer and more efficient bicycle facilities in the Lake Tahoe Basin that create a positive experience for residents and visitors.
Bay Area Ridge Trail


Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
1007 General Kennedy Avenue, Suite 3
San Francisco, CA 94129-1405
Phone 415-561-2595
Fax 415-561-2599
Janet McBride, Executive Director
info@ridgetrail.org
www.ridgetrail.org/index.cfm
Ridges surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. East Bay Regional Parks, East Bay Municipal Utilities District. Volunteers lead the effort to build the Bay Area Ridge Trail, working county-by-county to add new segments of the trail and leveraging and
supporting the work of state and regional parks and open space groups.
Multi-use trail for mountain bicyclists, equestrians, and hikers/trail runners. Today 30-50% of the trail is fully multi-use.
Approximately 60% completed (300 of 500 miles.)
Uses existing trails and seeks easements on private lands to create a contiguous trail system.
Redwood Coast to Crest
Steve Fisher, Redwood National & State Parks Redwood National & State Parks and Redwood Coast    
Tahoe Rim Trail
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
DWR Community Non Profit Center
948 Incline WayIncline Village,
NV 89451
Phone (775)298-0012
Fax (775)298-0013 info@tahoerimtrail.org
www.tahoerimtrail.org/index.html
The trail encompasses the ridge tops of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties in CA and NV. US Forest Service 165-mile, twenty-four inch, single track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). 100%
complete.
The Tahoe Rim Trail overlaps with approximately fifty miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Pony Express National Historic Trail


www.nps.gov/poex

California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas. As an administrating agency with no management authority for the
Pony Express NHT, the National Park Service depends heavily on its partners - organizations & associations, federal, state, and city
/ county agencies, and private landowners - with a keen interest in preserving what remnants of the trail may still exist.

Heritage Corridor. Auto tour route. In California, the trail is about 140 miles long, including the Luther Pass-Woodfords branch. There is about 25 miles of marked trail in the El Dorado National Forest. Through CA, the Pony Express Trail runs along the Highway 50 corridor from Sacramento to the
Nevada border. The trail follows the route of the historic Pony Express in 1860-61.
Tuolumne Complex Trail   Central Valley to the crest of the Sierra in Tuolumne and Stanislaus counties.
US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks.
The central corridor is 100 miles long and about 35% completed.  
Pacific Coast/California Coastal Trail

Coastwalk
825 Gravenstein Hwy North #8,
Sebastopol, CA 95472.
707-829-6689 - 1-800-550-6854
FAX 707-829-0326
jsicaud@coastwalk.org
California Coastal Conservancy
coastaltrail@scc.ca.gov
www.californiacoastaltrail.info/...
California Coastline. Coastwalk is a volunteer organization that advocates for completion of the Trail. 1,200 miles planned, 50% Complete. The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers,
equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the entire California coastline.
 
Merced River Trail        
Questa to Sespe Trail Kerry Kellogg, US Forest Service'kkellogg@fs.fed.us Los Padres National Forest   Dirt roads and trails.
Condor Trail Kerry Kellogg, US Forest Service kkellogg@fs.fed.us Los Padres National Forest   Dirt roads and trails.
Santa Clara River Trail California State Coastal Conservancy, www.santaclarariverparkway.org/... Trail goes from Lynwood to Long Beach    
Lario (Los Angeles-Rio Hondo Rivers) Trail

Los Angeles County Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation
www.dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/...
Los Angeles County Public Works and Recreation Dept. The LARIO Trail system is comprised of 22 miles of bike and equestrian trails along the Los Angeles and Rio Hondo Channel. The Trail begins near the Whittier Narrows Dam, continues along the Rio Hondo Channel until its
confluence with the River, then runs along the River to the Pacific Ocean. The LARIO Trail provides connections to seven parks adjacent to the Los Angeles River and Rio Hondo Channel.
San Gabriel River Trail        
Whittier to Ortega Trail        
Santa Ana River Trail

Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority
11615 Sterling Avenue
Riverside, California 92503
(951) 354-4220
www.sawpa.org/projects/plan...
Counties of Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino. Cities of Riverside, Corona, Norco... Unpaved at higher elevations, paved biking and walking path in lower portion with equestrian trails often separate. Draft project schedule calls for the Riverside County portion of the Trail to be completed in five years. In Riverside County the Trail is generally complete from the San Bernardino County line to the western boundary of the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area, very close to the Norco city limits. Trail is planned to run from the Pacific ocean to the Pacific Crest Trail in San Bernardino County.
Trans County Trail

Sea to Sea Trail Foundation
PO Box 16130
San Diego, CA 92176, USA
Phone: +1 (619) 303 6975
Fax: +1 (619) 303 6965
contact@seatoseatrail.org
www.sdnhm.org/fieldguide/...
Pacific Ocean in San Diego to Salton Sea. Multi-use, existing trails and paved roads. the Trans-County Trail will be approximately 110 miles in length. Nearly 70% of this route utilizes existing trails which are already open for public use. In other areas the route still needs to be acquired or the trail built. Traversing San Diego County from the desert, over the mountains, and down valleys to the coastal bluffs.
California Desert Trail

Desert Trail Association
PO Box 34
Madras, Oregon 97741
dta@madras.net
www.madras.net/~dta/dtainfo.htm
Desert Trail Association. The DTA was organized to promote a continuing desert trail from the Canadian to the Mexican Border.
State agencies in California, Nevada and Oregon have incorporated this concept into their trail systems. Federal
Agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, The US Forest Service, The National Park Service and the Bureau of Fish
and Wildlife have been actively assisting.
Dirt trail, existing roads  

Regional Trails listed in Appendix B of the California Recreational Trails Plan, Phase 1, 2002

 

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