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Wherever you are, the Ridge Trail isn’t far away. This long-distance trail circumnavigates the Bay Area through all nine counties. And you can too! Walk, run, bike, or horseback ride your way through selected local adventures and explore the many beautiful miles of the Ridge Trail for 360 degrees of inspiration.
For 30 years, the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and people like you have been building and taking care of the Bay Area’s very own long-distance trail. Celebrate our 30th birthday with us by signing up for the Ridge Trail Challenge today.
This 3-mile trail parallels Ritchey Creek and is largely shaded by redwoods, perfect for hot days and equestrians.Learn more.
These rolling grasslands offer expansive views of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays and the mountains that encircle them.Learn more.
A summer-time hit! This recreational area features shady creekside stretches as well as rolling grasslands and a popular swimming, fishing, and picnicking site at Cull Canyon.Learn more.
You don’t have to walk far here to see wildflowers in the spring and views of the bay all year long. When looking north from the top of the plateau, you will see glimpses of the future seven-mile Ridge Trail section scheduled to open in 2020 that will connect Garin Regional Park to Niles Canyon Road.Learn more.
On an uphill trip beginning in the redwoods, you'll take in excellent views of southern valley of Santa Clara County and the inner Coast Range mountains.Learn more.
A mountain biker’s dream and a hiker and equestrian delight. Enjoy the twists and turns on this shaded trail with sweeping views of the South Bay.Learn more.
Follow the Windy Hill ridgeline through a sheltered forest and across rolling grasslands on a narrow footpath and broad wagon road.Learn more.
A trek along this 1000-acre ridgetop visits the historic Portolá San Francisco Bay Discovery Site and offers sweeping views of the coast and mountains.Learn more.
Wind your way through the ancient Oak Woodlands in Golden Gate Park then connect to Mount Sutro Preserve and eventually to iconic views from Twin Peaks and beyond for excellent cross-city trekking.Learn more.
Explore the charm, seclusion, natural wonders, and historic and cultural variety of the Presidio. Stunning views await you on this short trip through forests and grasslands and along coastal bluffs.Learn more.
This dramatic trip takes you from the landmark Golden Gate Bridge into the hills of the Marin Headlands.Learn more.
Take this varied trip along the ridgeline greenbelt between Vallejo and Benicia.Learn more.
Climb to high grasslands for East Bay views from Carquinez Strait west to Mt. Tamalpais. A favorite spot for mountain bikers and site of the Ridge Trail’s 300th mile dedication.Learn more.
Hike or bike up to the ridge for a sweeping view of the historic Carquinez Strait. Continue along the ridge to the John Muir National Heritage site for this physically and mentally enriching experience.Learn more.
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 historic Alum Rock Park. When the Berryessa BART station opens you will be able to reach these remote places by transit along the Penitencia Creek Trail.Learn more.
After a vigorous climb, this trip heads south on a relatively level trail with views of the lake, the surrounding foothills, and the coastal mountains. Make it a day trip or camp overnight.Learn more.
Follow the Skyline Trail along the shady ridgeline of two vast parks--Sanborn County Park and Castle Rock State Park.Learn more.
Views from high points on the trail gives an aerial view of Santa Clara County from Mt. Umunhum to the peaks of the Diablo Range.Learn more.
This is the location of the first dedicated section of Ridge Trail in May 1989. Five trails in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve link together for a challenging loop through forested canyons and over high ridges.Learn more.
Follow the gently graded Skyline Trail through redwood and Douglas fir forests just below the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.Learn more.
Walk along the heights of Bolinas Ridge to see magnificent views of the sparkling ocean, tree-covered ridges, and distant peaks. Make it a day trip or camp overnight at Samuel P. Taylor State Park.Learn more.
Jack London State Historic Park features redwood and oak forests, lively streams, and scattered grasslands on the eastern flank of Sonoma Mountain.Learn more.
This trail climbs through woodlands, chaparral and grasslands, offering views of Napa Valley, Mt. St. Helena and the western Mayacamas ridgeline.Learn more.
Hikers, mountain bicyclists, equestrians and nature lovers will find this a pleasant and varied experience along the rustic trail through oak woodland, grasslands, madrone and Douglas fir forest, and patches of chaparral.Learn more.
Climb to dramatic views from San Pablo Ridge, descend to wooded streams, and traverse open grasslands.
Explore the little-traveled lands of Chabot Regional Park.Learn more.
Climb through high grasslands past three lofty peaks that top a rugged ridgeline.Learn more.
Take a round-trip trail east through high, oak-studded grasslands to Coyote Peak with sweeping views from Santa Cruz Mountains through Coyote Valley to the Diablo Range.Learn more.
In this remote open space dedicated volunteer docents will lead you through dense forests and over hilly grasslands to extensive views of the entire Bay Area.Learn more.
Travel through moist evergreen forests, oak-madrone woodlands, and high grasslands along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.Learn more.
April 27 - 28, 2019
This is a 2-day supported hike from Newell Open Space Preserve to the Benicia State Recreation Area staying at McIntyre Ranch overnight on the journey south. The hike will feature panoramic views of San Francisco and Suisun Bay, a docent-led tour through the Vallejo-Swett Ranch, and the opportunity to socialize with other trail enthusiasts!Learn more.
August 16 - 18, 2019
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August 28 - September 1, 2019
See the East Bay in a new way on this fully supported 5-day hike/6-Day equestrian ride. Hikers and riders are mostly on different trails during the day, while sharing campsites, meals, stories & camaraderie, and enjoying entertainment each evening.Learn more.
November 2, 2019
Ridge Trail Day is the Ridge Trail Council’s largest event, with hundreds of volunteers participating around the region. We partner with REI Co-op and local land managers to host a myriad of volunteer trail work parties to build and improve sections of the Ridge Trail.Learn more.
April 20, 2019 - Saratoga 50K/30K/21K/10K
June 1, 2019 - The Ridge 60K/37K/23K
August 18, 2019 - Mt Madonna 25K/17K/8K
November 2, 2019 - Woodside 50K/35K/17K/10KLearn more.