#childsafety | An outdoorsy start to the new year

Start the new year with ocean views and tide pools in Carpinteria or check out sandstone formations in the Simi Hills, two of dozens of California locations offering guided First Day Hikes on Jan. 1.

California State Parks joined up with trail systems throughout the U.S. to help people ring in 2022 outdoors. More than 85,000 participated nationwide in 2020. The program led by America’s State Parks can help people connect with nature and explore the cultural resources found outdoors, organizers said.

California parks from San Diego to Big Sur are participating this year, including Carpinteria State Beach, Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area and Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park near Ventura County.

The difficulty and distance vary by location, so organizers recommended people check hike or activity descriptions and start times in advance. The parks also urged trail-goers to visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/ for the latest COVID-19 guidelines and additional safety tips.

For a full list of participating state parks, go to https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30737.

Visitors to the Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve gawk at harbor seals and pelicans in this 2019 photo.

Where: Campground and Bluff Trail

When: 10 a.m. 

Parking: Day-use parking lots

What to expect: An easy-to-moderate hike will explore the area around the state beach. The trail includes walking through the campground adjacent to the old tar pits and tide pool area. It will end on the bluff overlooking the ocean.

Length of hike: Close to a mile one-way. The hike will take 60 to 90 minutes.

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