America’s state parks want your first steps of 2019 to be on a trail or path — and rangers and volunteers will be on hand to show you the way. Now in its eighth year, First Day Hikes will take place in all 50 states on Jan. 1.
In California, people have more than 60 hikes to choose from up and down the state. Hikers should prepare for the cold by dressing in layers. They should also wear sturdy shoes or boots and carry water bottles. And don’t leave the sunscreen behind.
The following hikes are a sample of what people can expect in California on New Year’s Day. The hikes are free, but parking fees may apply. Check the list of start times and meeting points for hikes as well as parking fees.
► Calaveras Big Trees State Park near Arnold will lead participants on an easy hike in the North Grove of giant redwoods at 11 a.m. You’ll learn the role the Civilian Conservation Corps played in creating trails, picnic areas and campgrounds at this park in the 1930s.
► Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach will lead hikers on the 3-mile loop trail in the morning to look for “birds, bobcats, butterflies, and buckwheat,” the park’s website says. Children must be 8 or older to go on the hike that starts at 9 a.m.