A visionary idea inspires grassroots action.

About us.


To plan, promote and sustain a connected hiking, cycling, and equestrian trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay—linking people, parks and open space for today and future generations.

Trail history.

 How one man's vision inspired action around the Bay.


Over thirty years ago park visionary William Penn Mott, Jr., who served as Director of the National Park Service as well as East Bay Regional Park and California State Parks, brought forth a big idea. He wanted to unite the ridges encircling the Bay Area into one continuous park with a 550-mile Ridge Trail. Ultimately the vision included connecting the Ridge Trail, and the metropolitan center it served, to the Sierra Nevadas.
In 1987, the Greenbelt Alliance, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the National Park Service as well as citizen advocates came together to help form the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Thanks to their pioneering leadership the Ridge Trail is growing mile by mile.


Trail Progress: The first Ridge Trail segment was dedicated in May 1989. During the first few years, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council made rapid progress, dedicating 200 miles of existing trail on public lands by 1995. Today, over 400 miles are open and ready to explore 80% of which is open to bikes and horses. Bit-by-bit continuous sections are being knit together to provide true thru-hike (or bike, or ride!) opportunities. On our Western Ridge we have an 80-mile stretch from northern Marin to Highway 92 and on our Eastern Ridge we have a 43-mile connected stretch from El Sobrante to Union City. Get your maps out and make a plan!

Meet the staff.

Janet McBride

Janet McBride

Executive Director

Ryan Mack

Ryan Mack

Deputy Director

Marie Sayles

Marie Sayles

Development Director

Sharon Bone

Sharon Bone

Operations and Database Coordinator

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Natalia Cortes

Event & Volunteer Manager

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Kyvan Elep

Trail Project Manager

Ryan Fritz

Ryan Fritz

Trail Project Manager

Lisa Rigby

Lisa Rigby

Development Manager

Alex Sabo

Alex Sabo

Advocacy and Outreach Manager

Meet the Board

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Karen Rhodes


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Taylor Jang

Vice Chair

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Alan Fox


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Deb St.Cyr


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Suzanne Wilson

Governance Chair

Charlie Bowen

Charlie Bowen

Immediate Past Chair

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Bob Berman

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Baldwyn Chieh

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Luana España

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Ross Heitkamp

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Sam Jackson

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Pam Kramer

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Eileen Kutnick

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Nina Lagpacan

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Bill Long

Chair Emeritus

Dave Manchester

Dave Manchester

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Morris Older

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Anil Rao

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Rachel Royce

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Nargis Solis

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Bob Siegel


Bay Area Ridge Trail Council

We've moved! As of April 2023, our new address:

Mailing address: PO Box 3367, Berkeley, CA 94703

Physical address: c/o Workstation West, 2247 Sixth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710



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