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Hiking at the Dye Creek Preserve


A person stands inside a rock overhang and looks out at a deep canyon at Dye Creek Preserve in California.
Dye Creek A rock overhang on Dye Creek Preserve. © Sue Pollock


Event Overview

We host seasonal hiking days at the Dye Creek Preserve each spring and fall.

Our hiking dates for spring 2024 are Saturday April 13, Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27.

Registration is requiredsee below for details.


Rocky outcroppings and wodded landscape of Campo Seco in the evening twilight.
Dye Creek Preserve Campo Seco in the evening twilight. © Bradley Foster

April 13, April 20 and April 27

Canyon Trail

On April 13, April 20 and April 27 visitors will be able to hike on the Canyon Trail. This trail is a rugged 2.5-mile-long (5-mile roundtrip) footpath in the Dye Creek canyon. Visitors should be prepared for a strenuous hike with uneven footing, loose rocks, a few steep sections, a shallow creek crossing on stepping stones and tripping hazards.

A person sitting on the edge of Dye Creek canyon.
Dye Creek Preserve We can see for miles in all directions from the north rim of the Dye Creek canyon. © Scott Hardage / TNC

April 20, 2024

Exploring Off-Trail

On April 20, the preserve’s volunteer docents will also lead an off-trail hike to explore areas around the Dye Creek canyon. We will hike atop the canyon’s northern rim and return via an unnamed seasonal creek. Beautiful views will make this off-trail trek worthwhile for the adventurous. This is a strenuous hike; everyone should be comfortable hiking 5 miles on uneven, rocky terrain at a reasonable pace. This hike is great for returning visitors who want to see the preserve from a new perspective or anyone looking for a more physically challenging hike.

Hiking on the Canyon Trail will run from 1:00 to 7:15 p.m. This gives plenty of time to hike the trail at your own speed and take in the scenery during the afternoon golden hour. Along the way you can stop at information stations to speak with docents and learn about the preserve.

We encourage photography for personal use; commercial photography is not permitted.

All hikes at the preserve require advance registration. Registration is free, but space is limited!

Saturday, April 13th

Saturday, April 20th

Saturday, April 27th