Thanks for your interest in helping the Bay Area Ridge Trail!

Listed below are upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities. Tell us your interests by filling out the volunteer form. We will then email you (based on your volunteer interests) when there are opportunities near you.  

Please note dates are general below since they change each year.  Please click the links to get the most current info and find out exact dates for upcoming events.

Ridge Trail Events

  • Help plan events
  • Set-up/clean-up
  • Check-in participants
  • Staff a rest station or lunch stop
  • Guide or sweep a hike, bike ride or equestrian ride
  • Or just lend a helpful hand!

April 22, 2017: Ridge to Bridge, Marin

August 30-September 4, 2017: East Bay Hills Thru-Hike & Equestrian Ride

3rd Saturday in September: Tour de Fat - A Ballyhoo of Bikes and Beer! Golden Gate Park, Lindley Meadow, San Francisco - volunteer & get free beer and a free t-shirt!

Trail Work Parties & Habitat Restoration

Pitch in, get dirty, and have fun building or maintaining the Ridge Trail!

1st Saturday in June: National Trails Day, with a number of volunteer trail work opportunities on the Ridge Trail. Stay tuned for more information.

1st Saturday in November: RIdge Trail Day - work parties on the Ridge Trail all around the Bay.  This event fills up quick - so sign-up early!  Sign-up opens mid-September.


The Ridge Trail Council often has information tables at various events and festivals. Come staff the table and talk with people about the Ridge Trail. You needn't be there for the entire day - come help for a few hours and then enjoy the event!

Contact Emily for current outreach opportunitites:

Offer Your Professional Skills

Do you have professional skills you can donate to the Council?  Here's some skills we are looking for, but let us know if you have something else to offer!

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Copy writing
  • Grant writing and reporting
  • IT
  • Website assistance

Lend a Hand at the Ridge Trail Office

Help is often needed in the Ridge Trail office, located in the Presidio of San Francisco. Volunteers assist with special projects or general administrative tasks. If you are interested in helping us with this, please fill out the Volunteer form  and check "Help staff in the San Francisco office."

Lead an Outing

Volunteers regularly lead hikes or rides through the San Francisco Watershed on the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. This segment of the Ridge Trail offers stunning panoramic views of the Bay, the Pacific Ocean and the city skylines. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, who manage the property, require docent training for these leaders.  Visit their website to learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact

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