Connecting Trails for Lucas

As a nature enthusiast and ultra-runner, Lucas Horan (February 1981 - December 2020) was deeply passionate about the trails around the Bay. In 2017, Lucas circumnavigated the Ridge Trail on a counter-clockwise loop, and then he did it again in 2019 on a clockwise loop. Lucas harbored a visionary dream — to seamlessly link the Bay Area Ridge Trail into one continuous loop. He aspired to orchestrate an epic international race, reminiscent of the Tor de Geants, not only to generate funds, but to bring awareness to the natural beauty surrounding the Bay Area. In remembrance of Lucas and his profound passion, his family and close friends initiated a memorial fund dedicated to perpetuating Lucas' commitment to the Ridge Trail, a cause deeply embedded in his heart.

Help support the Ridge Trail in Lucas’ honor.
Contributions to the Lucas Horan Memorial Fund have funded the building of a dedicated memorial bridge in the East Bay Regional Park, along the Ridge Trail's future Garin to Niles Canyon section. Further donations are actively being channeled into projects that connect and close gaps on the Ridge Trail, plus resources and programs that make the trail more accessible, benefiting both "circumnavigators" and fellow trail enthusiasts.

Lucas Horan Memorial Bridge
The memorial bridge, nestled in East Bay Regional Parks, closes a key trail gap on a new section of the Ridge Trail. Spanning a ravine along a 5-mile stretch from Garin into Niles Canyon, it sits around 2.5 miles from Vallejo Mill Historic City Park.

Completing the Garin to Niles section means an uninterrupted 50-mile Ridge Trail, connecting Vallejo Mill Park to Kennedy Grove in the East Bay. Lucas would've been thrilled about this achievement, especially the 50-mile continuous trail he envisioned. This connector trail brings that vision to life.

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Each time Lucas saw a blue Ridge Trail marker along his 2nd trip around the Ridge Trail, he “got a little burst of energy and felt a special connection to everyone that shares the vision of a Bay Area Ridge Trail."