For a map showing updated (as of March 2018) information on fire-related Ridge Trail closures and re-openings, click here.
Updates and Ridge Trail Re-openings: Our partners have been working tirelessly to restore and re-open their trails after the devastating North Bay fires last fall. The following sections of Ridge Trail in burned areas of Sonoma and Napa County are now open or will hopefully open soon:
- The Ridge Trail in Skyline Wilderness Park re-opened on Saturday, January 20, 2018.
- The Lower Oat Hill Mine Ridge Trail (in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park) re-opened in late November 2017.
- All Ridge Trails in Sonoma County Regional Parks are open, with the exception of trails in Trione-Annadel State Park and Hood Mountain Regional Park.
- Sugarloaf State Park’s Ridge Trail re-opened on February 1, 2018.
Why: Extensive wildfires in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano Counties burned homes, businesses, wildlands, and many miles of Ridge Trail. As a partner to over 75 park and open space agencies, the Ridge Trail is in a unique position to support our land-managing partners.
What: The Ridge Trail will be helping our partners assess damage, rally volunteers, leverage funding, and physically restore the trail. We are in discussions to figure out how we can be the most help.
In addition, miles of Ridge Trail were destroyed both by the fire and in the efforts to control the fire. In particular, the Napa-Solano Ridge Trail, which is on private property, sustained extensive damage including:
- Trail bulldozed to make a fire line
- Trees burned to the core that are in danger of falling on the trail
- Burned bridges and retaining walls
- Destroyed water bars which can no longer prevent rain-related erosion
- Ridge Trail signs destroyed
Funding and volunteer need:
Skyline Wilderness Park: There are regular trail work days on Saturdays. For more information, please call (707) 252-0481. To help VOCal restore and repair the Skyline Ridge Trail the weekend of April 27-29, register here.
The Redwood Empire Mountain Bike Association (REMBA) posts information on upcoming trail work in areas affected by these wildfires.
We welcome your donations to fund our ongoing work to support our partners and repair the Napa-Solano Ridge Trail. Help us heal the trail and the people who live near it.
Photo credit: Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat