Fernandez Ranch Opened and NEW Ridge Trail Dedicated
On National Trails Day, Saturday, June 5, 2010, Muir Heritage Land Trust and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council celebrated the opening of this magnificent property with a welcoming ceremony, refreshments, carriage rides, a variety of hikes, and more!
The property, which was previously only open for docent-led tours, is now open to the public from dawn to dusk.
Directions to Fernandez Ranch from Google Maps (the address of the entrance gate is 1100 Christie Road, Martinez).
Restoration of Fernandez Ranch
The 702-acre Fernandez Ranch, purchased in 2005 by the Muir Heritage Land Trust with funding assistance from the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, has undergone a major restoration project.
Improvements include the addition of staging and picnic areas, a 156-foot bridge across Rodeo Creek, large-scale creek restoration including planting more than 10,000 plants and trees, and 3.5 miles of new trails-- including an ADA accessible trail and an important 1.5-mile segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Building a New Segment of the Ridge Trail
This section of Ridge Trail was built on National Trails Day 2009 by nearly 150 volunteers in conjunction with Volunteers for Outdoor California. The Council is excited to open the new trail, as it closes a critical gap in the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, which has been a major initiative for the Council (and its partner San Francisco Bay Trail) since 2008.
Fernandez Ranch is multiuse - open to hikers, bikers and equestrians - and dogs are welcome.