The Council is pleased to announce we are leveraging Coastal Conservancy funding to plan and design a long-awaited new trail on the Vallejo Bluffs on the northwestern end of the Carquinez Strait. This 1.5-mile joint Ridge Trail / Bay Trail section would open access to an often-overlooked area of hills, shoreline, natural parks and preserves between San Pablo Bay and the Delta, providing stellar bay and bridge views. This is one of two remaining joint Ridge Trail / Bay Trail gaps on the north side of the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop, which connects the shorelines of Vallejo and Benicia. These Bluffs provide great wildlife viewing. On any given day, you are likely to see a variety of fauna such as the gray fox, the American Kestrel, and—if you are lucky—a great horned owl. This project would include environmental and safety reviews, Caltrans agreements, permits, private landowner easements, and engineering design necessary to bring the project to “shovel-ready” status by early 2018.