Statewide Trails Program

Two Corpsmembers, one in foreground and one in the background, work together to carry a large wooden plank.

Monterey Bay Corpsmember Joey Olmeda, right, carries a plank of wood once part of a retaining wall at New Brighton State Beach in Capitola, CA.

The California Conservation Corps is in a unique position to build up and restore the large network of trails in California’s State Parks. The Statewide Trails program guides this partnership and allows Corpsmembers to receive job training and career exposure in some of most beautiful landscapes in the state.

Since its start, the CCC has worked with California State Parks on trail construction and maintenance. In 2008, the CCC and California State Parks set up the CCC-California State Parks Trail Program to coordinate their efforts to produce high-quality trails and provide Corpsmembers with training and skills development. These projects are unique in the level of sponsor involvement and Corpsmembers are consistently recruited from Statewide Trails crews for full time positions with California State Parks.

Projects funded under this program typically include complex trail work but can also involve fuels reduction in state owned forests, or the restoration of campgrounds and other State Parks facilities. Although these activities often go unnoticed, they are essential in ensuring recreational access while protecting delicate natural systems.

Watch CCC Trail Crews in Action

Grover Hot Springs State Park
Elevated Boardwalk and ADA Trail

Plumas-Eureka State Park
Madora Lake ADA Trail

Previous work includes:

  • Trail improvements along a popular coastal trail at Torrey Pines State Reserve near San Diego
  • A reroute of the popular Pfeiffer Falls trail to accommodate a wider range of users in Big Sur State Park
  • Reconstruction of the Round Valley Campground and surrounding trails within Mount San Jacinto State Park in Southern California
  • Improvements on an eroded cemetery trail and picnic area at Fort Ross State Historic Park on California’s North Coast
  • Construction of a wheelchair accessible boardwalk through a high alpine meadow in Grover Hot Springs State Park
  • Forest thinning in areas with high fire risk in Calaveras Big Trees State Park
  • An accessibility project in the Año Nuevo State Park’s Picnic Area in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Pfeiffer Falls Trail Reconstruction at Big Sur State Park on California’s Central Coast
  • ADA Trail Reconstruction at Madora Lake in Plumas-Eureka State Park in Northern California