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Start the New Year in the Outdoors With a First Day Hike – California State Parks Hosting Approximately 50 Hikes Statewide

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Looking to burn off some holiday calories and start the new year on the right foot? California State Parks invites the public to absorb the wonders of nature with a First Day Hike on New Year’s Day. Dedicated docents, volunteers, and staff will be providing about 50 hikes at state parks throughout California.

“First Day Hike creates opportunities to connect with families, friends, and communities,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat. “Public outdoor places support healthy, affordable, physical and social activities. California’s state parks are a gateway to these benefits. Come join staff, docents, and volunteers as well as fellow outdoor enthusiasts to welcome the new year.”

This is the 10th year California has participated in the First Day Hikes Program. The program is part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. More than 33,000 visitors took part in more than 1,110 hikes last year in the U.S. and Canada. That included more than 2,400 visitors at 55 California state parks.

California’s state parks are among the most diverse in the world in a variety of natural and cultural resources. Participating state parks for the 2020 First Day Hikes initiative include:

Photos from previous First Day Hikes at various California state parks. Top left: Carpinteria State Beach. Top right: Marshall
Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Bottom left: Angel Island State Park. Bottom right: Salt Point State Park.

For a complete list of participating state parks and how to safely enjoy First Day Hikes, please visit for updates, as many hikes are still being planned and will be added to the list as details become available. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using the hashtags: #HikeInto2020, #FirstDayHike and #CAStateParks.

In addition to hiking, visitors can also enjoy off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, on- and off-road cycling, hiking, camping, and rock climbing in our 280 state parks units throughout the state. Visit us at

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