OUR MISSION

To plan, promote and sustain a connected hiking, cycling, and equestrian trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay—linking people, parks and open space for today and future generations.

Trail history.

 How one man's vision inspired action around the Bay.

History.

Thirty years ago park visionary William Penn Mott, Jr., who served as Director of the National Park Service as well as East Bay Regional Park and California State Parks, brought forth a big idea. He wanted to unite the ridges encircling the Bay Area into one continuous park with a 550-mile Ridge Trail. Ultimately the vision included connecting the Ridge Trail, and the metropolitan center it served, to the Sierra Nevadas.
In 1987, the Greenbelt Alliance, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the National Park Service as well as citizen advocates came together to help form the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Thanks to their pioneering leadership the Ridge Trail is growing mile by mile.

Progress.

Trail Progress: The first Ridge Trail segment was dedicated in May 1989. During the first few years, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council made rapid progress, dedicating 200 miles of existing trail on public lands by 1995.

Today, 375 miles are open and ready to explore 80% of which is open to bikes and horses. Bit-by-bit continuous sections are being knit together to provide true thru-hike (or bike, or ride!) opportunities. On our Western Ridge we have an 80-mile stretch from northern Marin to Highway 92 and on our Eastern Ridge we have a 43-mile connected stretch from El Sobrante to Union City. Get your maps out and make a plan!

Meet the staff.

Board of directors.

Officers:

  • Bill Long, Chair Emeritus
  • Phil Arnold, Chair
  • Eileen Kutnik, Vice Chair
  • Gregg Sass, Treasurer
  • Morris Older, Secretary

Directors:

  • Jay Bailinson
  • Bob Berman
  • Charlie Bowen
  • Barry Christian
  • Harry Englebright
  • Luana Espana
  • Mike Flaugher
  • Jim Foran
  • Maureen Gaffney
  • Joel Gartland
  • Malcolm Jones
  • Pamela Kramer
  • Austin McInerny
  • Vilas Rao
  • Bob Siegel
  • Sandra Sommer
  • Ray Sullivan
  • Tracy Thompson
  • Matthew Zinn

Contact.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
1007 General Kennedy Ave. #3 . San Francisco, CA 94129

415-561-2595      

info@ridgetrail.org

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