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OHV-designated 
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Learn about desert wildlife or coastal animals on short, self-guided nature trails -- or tackle all or portions of the grueling Pacific Crest trail. You'll find both types of trails on public lands that BLM manages in California.

Between these extremes, you can find dozens of one-day adventures, from the badlands to the lush sloughs near picturesque Arcata. You´ll find trails for hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking, plus off-highway vehicle trails or areas.

Along the way, take plenty of pictures but leave only footprints as you visit some of California's most remote but rewarding scenery. 
 
The trails:

Please note:  Information for the sites listed below is located on web pages maintained by BLM-California's field offices. Links from these pages will enable you to browse their web pages. To return to the California State Office recreation pages, you can use the "Back" button on your browser.

 

Northern California

Hiking/Backpacking 

Horseback Riding 

Mountain Biking 

OHV-Riding 

  

hiking

horses

bikes

OHV

Trail or Area

County

 

yes

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

Sacramento River Rail Trail (and other trails near Redding, CA)

Shasta

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
     

Sacramento River Bend Area

Tehama
   

 

yes
 

Chappie-Shasta OHV Area

Shasta

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

 

yes
  
 

Bizz Johnson Trail (also: snow sports)

Lassen 

 

yes
 

 

yes

 

yes
 
 

Cache Creek

Yolo, Colusa, Lake

 

yes
 
   

Cedar Roughs

Napa

 

yes

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

Cow Mountain Recreation Area

Lake and Mendocino

  

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

Devil's Garden Mountain Bike Trail

Modoc

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes

High Rock Canyon

Washoe (Nevada)

 

yes

 

yes

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

Indian Valley Reservoir Recreation Area

Lake

 

yes

 

yes

 

yes
 

King Range National Conservation Area

Humboldt

 

yes

 

yes

 

yes

 

yes

Knoxville Recreation Area

Lake, Napa

 

yes
   

Lassen Applegate Trail

Modoc

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
  

Lava Wilderness Study Area

Modoc

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes

Likely Mountain Challenge

Lassen

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

Woodland Jurassic Mountain Bike Trail

Modoc

 

 

Central California

Hiking/Backpacking 

Horseback Riding 

Mountain Biking 

OHV-Riding 

  

hiking

horses

bikes

OHV

Trail or Area

County

 

yes
 
   

Caliente Mountains

San Luis Obispo


 
yes


 yes


yes

 

 

Coalinga Mineral Springs National Recreation TrailFresno

 

yes
 
   

Cosumnes River Preserve

Sacramento

 

yes
 
   

Dave Moore Nature Area

El Dorado

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

Fort Ord National Monument

Monterey

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
  

Fish Slough Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Inyo

 

yes
 
   

Keyesville

Kern County

 

yes
 
   

Merced River Trail
Note:trail is open to the confluence of the North Fork Merced River.

Mariposa

 

yes
 

 

yes

 

yes

 

Panoche Hills /Tumey Hills

San Benito, Fresno

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

Red Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Tuolumne

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

South Yuba Trail

Nevada

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

San Joaquin River Trail

Fresno

 

yes

 

yes

 

yes

 

 Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailMonterey

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

Stevens Trail

Placer

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

Volcanic Tablelands

Inyo

 
 

Southern California

Hiking/Backpacking 

Horseback Riding 

Mountain Biking 

OHV-Riding 

  

hiking

horses

bikes

OHV

Trail or Area

County

 

yes
 
  

 

yes
 

Bradshaw Trail

Riverside & Imperial

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
  

Big Morongo Canyon

Riverside

 

yes
 
  

 

yes
 

Jawbone/ Butterbredt Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Kern

 

yes
 
  

 

yes
 

Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area

San Bernardino

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
 

 

yes
 

Juniper Flats

San Bernardino

 

yes
 
  

 

yes
Nadeau National Recreation Trail

San Bernardino

 

yes
 
   

North Algodones Dunes Wilderness

Imperial

 

yes
 
   

Owens Peak Wilderness Area (Short Canyon)

Kern

 

yes
 

 

yes
 
  

Pacific Crest National Recreation Trail,Owens Peak segment

Kern

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

yes
 

 

 

Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailImperial

 

yes
 
   

Trona Pinnacles

San Bernardino