On this day in 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wild and Scenic River Act and the National Trail System Act, which now protect 30 National Scenic and Historic Trails and more than 200 rivers in 40 states and Puerto Rico. Today, the BLM manages nearly 6,000 miles of 18 designated trails across 15 States, and thousands of miles of trails under study for potential designation. The BLM cares for 69 Wild and Scenic Rivers across seven states, which includes the management of over 2,400 river miles. Featured here are some of those iconic rivers and trails we help to manage throughout California. (Photo Bob Wick, BLM)
National Scenic and Historic Trails are signature components of the National Trails System, and protected by the BLM as a part of the National Conservation Lands. Congress established the National Trails System in 1968 and designated the Appalachian and Pacific Crest as the first national trails. From that time on, the BLM engaged with other agencies and volunteers along the Pacific Crest, and on many other trails later enacted.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Designated for its scenic significance, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail spans California desert valleys to Northwestern rain forests, offering hikers and equestrians a wide variety of climate and terrain. It crosses California, Oregon, and Washington, with starting points in Canada and Mexico. The Pacific Crest has the greatest elevation change of any of the National Scenic Trails, from near sea level to the crest of the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges.
California National Historic Trail
The BLM in California manages four segments, nearly 140-miles, of the California National Historic Trail - the Applegate, the Lassen, the Nobles, and the Yreka. Lured by gold and farmland in California, the California National Historic Trail was a mid-19th century highway for migration to the west. Numerous routes emerged in attempts to create the best available course. Today, this trail offers auto touring, educational programs and visitor centers to present-day gold seekers and explorers.