New Trail in Hayward Hills Creates 43 Continuous Miles of Ridge Trail in the East Bay


There are 3.5 brand new miles of Ridge Trail to enjoy in the hills above Hayward!

After more than 35 years of planning, the East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) and Bay Area Ridge Trail Council opened 3.5 miles of primary, multiuse Ridge Trail at Stonebrae and Garin Regional Park in Hayward. Longtime Ridge Trail supporters, East Bay trail advocates, elected officials, and other VIPs gathered to celebrate at the Stonebrae Country Club on the evening of October 29.

The trail extends across three separate properties to the east of the Stonebrae residential community, and offers superlative views. About 1.5 miles of the new trail is routed alongside a road and golf course path in Stonebrae and the remainder is on ranch roads.  The new trail can be accessed from the Ridge Trail trailhead in Five Canyons Open Space (4.5 miles to the north), as well as from the Garin Regional Park or Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park trailheads via the High Ridge Loop Trail and the new Whipsnake Trail. Download a map here

Almost a year ago, Stonebrae LP granted three parcels and two trail easements (totalling 990 acres) to the EBRPD, as well as funding for trail planning and construction. The new Ridge Trail closes an important gap, and combined with existing Ridge Trail, results in a 43-mile continuous stretch in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. And in 2018, the EBRPD plans to open another 7 miles of Ridge Trail south of Garin Regional Park, reaching to Niles Canyon.  
Map by Ben Pease


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