2021 Ridge Trail Challenge

July 15 - Dec 31, 2021

There are 400 miles of Ridge Trail - how much have you seen?

Explore more miles and reconnect with your local wild on the Ridge Trail! We make it easy with handpicked trail adventures and activities for you to complete till the end of the year. It's free and there are more ways to win prizes than ever. All you need to do is sign up and get out there! Are you up for the Challenge?

How it Works

1. Sign Up (Here)

- It's free and easy! Join the challenge at any time July 15 - December 31
- Registrants must be U.S. residents 18 years or older. No purchase necessary to win.

2. Get on the Trail

- Complete at least 4 adventures to be eligible for the grand prize draw
- Complete bonus challenges for the chance to win more prizes

3. Tell Us About Your Adventures

- Complete the finisher form by December 31. Registration and submitted finisher form is required to be entered into any prize draw.
- Share on Social Media #RidgeTrailChallenge2021

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Ridge Trail Adventures

Complete 4 trails to be entered into the Grand Prize Draw

NORTH BAY

Description: The trail is routed along lively streams, through dense forests, and across grasslands on the eastern flanks of Sonoma Mountain.
County: Sonoma
Miles (One Way): 5.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: Take a trip through Mexican and early California history on two routes.
County: Solano
Miles (One Way): 3.2 - 5.2
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Wheel Chair
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: Climb through grasslands with ancient oaks to spectacular vistas of North Bay ridges from the peak of Mt. Burdell.
County: Marin
Miles (One Way): 2.9 - 4.2
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: This trail starts at the Golden Gate Bridge and works its way up into the hills of the Marin Headlands.
County: Marin
Miles (One Way): 4.7 - 7.7
Difficulty: Medium
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Picnic Spot: Enjoy a picnic at the tables in the Tennessee Valley parking lot
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Description: This out-and-back trail is for hardy hikers and careful equestrians and mountain bikers.
County: Napa
Miles (One Way): 6.6
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
New RT Section Challenge: The Suscol Headwaters section is new a new section of RT. Completing it can go towards completing the "New RT Section Challenge"!
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Description: Mount St. Helena, the second-highest mountain in the Bay Area at 4,343 feet, is the northernmost point of the Ridge Trail.
County: Napa
Miles (One Way): 5 - 5.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Peak Challenge: Summiting Mt. St. Helena goes towards completing the Peak Challenge!
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Description: Mount St. Helena, the second-highest mountain in the Bay Area at 4,343 feet, is the northernmost point of the Ridge Trail.
County: Sonoma
Miles (One Way): 10.8
Difficulty: Medium
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: This trail offers opportunities to slow down, enjoy the creek, trailside flora and fauna, and views up the steep slopes to the sky on either side of the narrow canyon.
County: Napa
Miles (One Way): 4.9
Difficulty: Medium
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
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EAST BAY

Description: Join strollers, dog walkers, and commuters on a high suspension bridge over the wide waters of Carquinez Strait.
County: Contra Costa
Miles (One Way): 2.8
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Wheel Chair
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: Atop the plateau a pastoral landscape predominates, and golden eagles, hawks, deer, bobcats, frogs, snakes and a variety of other animals make their home in the open grasslands, ponds, and steep wooded canyons.
County: Alameda
Miles (One Way): 2
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: Explore the little-traveled lands of Chabot Regional Park.
County: Alameda
Miles (One Way): 6.6
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: Climb to high grasslands and shaded woodlands to see the scenic Alhambra Valley stretch out to the east.
County: Contra Costa
Miles (One Way): 6.6
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: Climb through oak and bay woodland to open grassland and experience expansive views to Mount Diablo, the Carquinez Strait, and beyond.
County: Contra Costa
Miles (One Way): 4.7
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Peak Challenge: Summiting Mt. Wanda will go towards completing the Peak Challenge.
New RT Section Challenge: Completing the new Contra Costa Feeder Trail #1 will go towards completing the New RT Section Challenge.
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Description: Climb through high grasslands past three lofty peaks that top a rugged ridgeline.
County: Alameda
Miles (One Way): 13.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Peak Challenge: Summiting Mission Peak will go towards completing the Peak Challenge.
New RT Section Challenge: Completing the new Ed Levin Southern extension will go towards completing the New RT Section Challenge.
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Description: Climb to dramatic views from San Pablo Ridge, descend to wooded streamsides, and traverse open grasslands.
County: Alameda
Miles (One Way): 4.3 - 9.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Picnic Challenge: Have a picnic on the Seaview trail will go towards completing the Trail Picnic Challenge.
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SOUTH BAY

Description: This paved urban trail is full multiuse, and makes connections between parks, playgrounds, schools, transit stops, and natural riparian corridor areas.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 3.9
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
New RT Section Challenge: The Penitencia Creek Trail to the Berryessa BART station is a new section of Ridge Trail. Completing it will go towards finishing the New RT Section Challenge.
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Description: On this 9.3-mile segment, you follow the creek bed beneath shady riparian cover and thru Coyote Hellyer County Park.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 9.3
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse, Wheel Chair
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: On an uphill trip from Sprig Recreation Area trailhead to redwood summit, you'll take in excellent views of southern Santa Clara County and the inner Coast Range mountains.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 3.5
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: Traverse remote oak woodlands and an ancient bay-tree forest to reach a 2457-foot vista point with outstanding views of the high peaks of the Coast Range.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 5.9
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: A steady climb to the slopes of Mount Umunhum takes you through a beautiful landscape once actively mined for quicksilver.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 4.6
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: The 3,456-foot summit provides unparalleled views of the Bay Area and the ocean, and an opportunity to learn about the mountain’s cultural and natural history through numerous interpretive panels.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 8.1
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Peak Challenge: Summiting Mt. Umunhum will go towards completing the Peak Challenge.
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Description: The Sierra Road staging area at Sierra Vista OSP provides the perfect jumping-off point for short or long trips in the Preserve and adjacent Alum Rock Park.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 4.9
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike
Dogs Allowed: No
Picnic Challenge: Have a picnic at the table located at the top of the Lower Calaveras Trail Overlooking the south bay.
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SF / PENINSULA

Description: Explore the charm, seclusion, natural wonders, and historic and cultural variety of the Presidio.
County: San Francisco
Miles (One Way): 2.7
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Wheel Chair
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: Follow the Windy Hill ridgeline through a sheltered forest and across rolling grasslands on a narrow footpath and broad wagon road.
County: San Mateo
Miles (One Way): 3.3
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Trail Picnic Challenge: Have a trail side picnic at the summit of Windy Hill to be entered in Trail Picnic Challenge prize draw.
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Description: Pace off a Measured Mile along Lake Merced's pedestrian/bicycle path.
County: San Francisco
Miles (One Way): 4.1
Difficulty: Easy
User Access: Hike, Bike, Wheel Chair
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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Description: Follow the gently winding Oljon Trail through redwood and mixed evergreen forests to the Skyline Trail below the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
County: San Mateo
Miles (One Way): 7.4
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
New RT Segment Challenge: This section includes Molder Trail, Sierra Morena Trail, and Oljon Trail which are recently dedicated Ridge Trail.
Map & More Details

Description: San Francisco's spectacular bay and ocean views reward you on gradual climbs along city streets and park paths.
County: San Francisco
Miles (One Way): 6.6
Difficulty: Moderate
User Access: Hike, Bike
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Peak Challenge: Summiting Twin Peaks will go towards completing the Peak Challenge.
New RT Segment Challenge: The Twin Peaks trail is newly dedicated ridge trail.
Map & More Details

Description: Follow the Skyline Trail along the ridgeline of two vast parks--Sanborn County Park and Castle Rock State Park.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 6
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
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Description: Five trails in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve link together for a challenging loop through forested canyons and over high ridges.
County: San Mateo
Miles (One Way): 5.8 - 7.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: No
Map & More Details

Description: Opened in 2014, this well-designed singletrack wooded trail is a popular mountain biking route with a significant ascent or descent.
County: Santa Clara
Miles (One Way): 3.5
Difficulty: Hard
User Access: Hike, Bike, Horse
Dogs Allowed: Yes
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BONUS CHALLENGES

Complete the two activities below to be entered into the Share the Trail prize draw.

  • Post a picture on IG or FB, include #RidgeTrailChallenge2021 + @bayarearidgetrail + @wholefoodsmarket
  • Introduce someone new to the Ridge Trail

Complete the two activities below to be entered into the Stewardship prize draw

  • DIY stewardship: take a trash bag on your outing and help keep the trail clean.
  • Participate in Ridge Trail Day on November 6. Sign up here!

Complete the two activities below to be entered into the Advocacy prize draw

Grab some grub at Whole Foods and have a trail side lunch / snack at one of these locations below to be entered into the Trail Lunch Challenge prize draw.

Several trails have been recently dedicated as official Bay Area Ridge Trail. Visit at least two new segments listed below to be entered into the New RT Segment Challenge prize draw.

Prizes

Grand Prize Pack

Advocacy Prize Pack

Share the Trail Prize Pack

Stewardship Prize Pack

Peak Challenge Prize Pack

Picnic Prize Pack

New Segment Prize Pack

Ridge Trail Challenge $75 Donation Gift

Support

Donate $75 or more using the button below and you will receive a Bay Area Ridge Trail guide book as a thank you.

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