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Start 2014 with First Day Hikes at California parks
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A healthy start to a new year

A common New Year’s resolution is to become fit and this year locals can kick off 2014 in a healthier fashion by taking a New Year’s Day hike.

The California state parks are celebrating their 150th anniversary and are kicking off the New Year with First Day Hikes, a program that organizes New Year’s Day hikes at parks across the state. On Jan. 1, 31 state parks in California will offer 38 different hikes ranging in climates and terrain such as the deserts, coast, beach, redwoods as well as hikes that include paddling and other activities. This signature event is designed to help connect visitors with their parks as well as promote nature and recreation as components of a healthy lifestyle.

Major General Anthony L. Jackson USMC (Ret.), director of California State Parks, encourages families to make the First Day Hikes part of their annual tradition.

“State parks belong to the people of California. For 150 years California State Parks has been a leader in the conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources and our mission is to offer quality recreation opportunities for the whole family,” said Jackson.

Last year over 700 hikes across the nation were organized and more than 22,000 visitors participated, an increase of 6,000 from 2012. This is the third year that California has participated in First Day Hikes and nearby participating parks includes:

Sacramento County

Folsom Lake, Rattlesnake Bar: Learn the early history of the water ditches, early mining and settlement of Miner’s Ravine and Avery Pond beginning at 9 a.m. at the Rattle Snake Bar parking lot. This is a moderate hike over uneven terrain with some rolling hills and off-trail walking. This hike will proceed rain or shine. Call (916) 988-0205.

Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park: Meet at the Folsom Powerhouse at 11 a.m. This is an easy trail and accessible with help of a friend or family member. Be sure to wear close-toed shoes. Heavy rain will shorten the hike to a guided tour of the powerhouse and visitor center. For information call (916) 988-0205.

Monterey County

Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds: Meet at the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall Deck at 10 a.m. Young children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. This is  an easy to moderate hike covering two miles roundtrip. Please RSVP to State Park Interpreter, Lisa Bradford, Asilomar State Beach Office: 831-646-6443. The hike will be cancelled if rain. Please contact the Conference Grounds Front Desk: 831-372-8016 for more information.

For a complete list go to or call (916) 654-7538.