There are endless running routes around Stockton, as we have just seen. While being able to find places inside the main city, as parks and routes along the river, you can find some wild places like Valley Springs to satiate your thirst of wilderness.
Make sure of trying out some of them and tell us your experience!
Near Stockton, California:
1. Cosumnes Nature Loop (Galt, California)
The Cosumnes River Preserve is an absolute must visit for those runners who love melting themselves with nature. Here you can enjoy different trails and paths, from easy to more challenging ones.
The preserve is located in the little city of Galt, a 20 minute-drive from Stockton. Once reaching the parking, go to the Lost Slough Wetlands Walk Trail, an easy 1-mile trail which is best to cross walking, in order to not disturb the fauna around it. You can start running once you reach the dirt River Walk Trail. Prepare for a more than 4 miles of great running surrounded by oaks, marshes and wetlands.
You can find all the different trails, maps and information on the Trail Run Project website.
2. New Hogan Lake (Valley Springs, California)
If you prefer to get out of your comfort zone, and discover some other places out of the city, New Hogan Lake is the perfect choice. While having to drive 45 minutes from Stockton, this place will not disappoint: around 10 miles of pure nature, with well-maintained paths and with no dramatic elevation changes, and featuring the great New Hogan Lake. Here you have a great drone-recorded video to get an idea of the lake and its surroundings!
The starting point is a parking located in the north of the park headquarters. Followed by a route above water, you will reach a wide trail, where you have numerous trails: Wrinkle Cove area, the Acorn and Oak Knoll Campgrounds, and ending at the Coyote Point Trail.
3. Tidewater Bikeway (Manteca, California)
In the city of Manteca, 14 miles to the south of Stockton, have this great place for every runner. The Tidewater Bikeway features 3.5 miles of easy route, available for walking, jogging or biking.
According to Trail Link, this trail starts at W Lathrop Road, near the Calvary Community Church. There you will see the starting point of the route, turning right in the traffic lights: a well-maintained paved road, with yellow lines dividing it. From there, you have just to follow the route to the south, which counts with numerous fountains to replenish your water bottle. Finally, it ends near the San Francisco International Airport.
Dogs are also welcome here, although make sure of having them leashed.
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