NEW! South Bay Ridge Ramble! Hike or Ride out newest event
Sat, May 19 

Saturday May 19, 2012

Our newest trail event!

Hike, pedal or trot on the South Bay Ridge Ramble - our new hiking and riding event highlighting spectacular South Bay trails and scenery. Ramble along the historic & scenic section of Ridge Trail between Los Gatos and San Jose. Learn about the region’s mining history and the flooded towns of Lexington and Alma. Enjoy an abundance of wildflowers and stunning views of Mt. Umunhum in the Sierra Azul,  the Mt Hamilton and Diablo Ranges, rural Almaden and Coyote Valleys, downtown San Jose, San Francisco Bay and North Bay landmarks.

Hike or Ride

Join us for a great day full of options including (see Map and Elevation Profile below):

Family Ramble: a fun 3.5-mile loop through Santa Teresa County Park.

Family Geocaching Ramble with REI: travels same loop as Family Ramble, with instructor from REI leading a hands-on Geocaching class.

Mining Ramble: 9-miles from Hicks Road/Jacques Ridge, with optional additional 3-mile loop.

Extreme Scramble: 21-miles from Lexington Reservoir, starting with a challenging ascent of 2999’ El Sombroso; optional additional 3-mile loop at end (time permitting).  Please note: this is a very challenging hike or ride, that begins immediately with a 4 mile climb with numerous steep sections, followed by 2 miles of  "rollercoaster" with both steep ascents and descents. There is ~3000' of elevation gain in the first 6 miles. Please be prepared and train accordingly. See map and elevation profile below.

South Bay Ridge Ramble views looking east from Almaden Quicksilver


Advance Registration Required!

Stage at Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose.

Hikers and cyclists on the Mining Ramble and Extreme Scramble are shuttled to the starting point, equestrians self shuttle. All travel back to Santa Teresa, and enjoy snacks and drinks at rest stops along the way, and a tasty lunch.  Maps, guides, and sweeps are provided so you can travel the trail at your own pace. For more information,


Mining Ramble and Extreme Scramble; hikers & bikers:

$50 for Ridge Trail Council members (anyone who has donated since May 1, 2011)
$60 for non-members
$25 for students (high school and younger)

Mining Ramble and Extreme Scramble; equestrians

$25 for Ridge Trail Council members (anyone who has donated since May 1, 2011)
$30 for non-members

Family Ramble (with or without REI geocaching class)
$10 per person for anyone over 10 years old, free to under 10, includes lunch


Extreme Scramble Hike: 6:15am 
Extreme Scramble Equestrian: 8:30am
Mining Ramble Hike: 9:15am
Mining Ramble Equestrian: 9:15am
 REI Family Geocaching Hike 9:30am

Volunteer! It takes many people to make this event run smoothly. Contact




Thank you to our Sponsors and Park Partners

rei_logo logo-pge trailheadnewconversion scc parks logo vert 4c mrosd logo_new

Map and Elevation profiles

sbrr map

Help close gaps and open more miles of Ridge Trail.

Your support makes all the difference. Donate today!

Join us on Find the Ridge Trail on FacebookImages of the Ridge TrailFollow the Ridge Trail on Twitter