20th Anniversary East Bay Hills Hike, Ride, & Run

hikers and horseback riders on east bay trails

August 31 – September 5

Join us at the 20th Anniversary East Bay Hills Trails Benefit over Labor Day Weekend. Our 5-day hike is held annually in conjunction with our concurrent 6-day equestrian ride, and *new this year* a 2-day run! Hikers and riders are mostly on different trails during the day, but share campsites, meals, stories & camaraderie, and enjoy entertainment each evening. Runners can join for a run only on Saturday & Sunday, or choose to join in the camping fun, too!

Register here:

Registration Fees: 

  • $100/Day with a discount for those who register for all days*
    • Runners can join for the fun run only for just $65 a day*
    • Youth Hikers (under 18) can join with an adult participant at $40/Day*
  • Visitors can join you for “Just Dinner” in camp for $20/night
  • *Enjoy early-bird pricing through July 14th; late registration pricing begins Aug. 16th

Benefits Local Trails

By participating in this event you help trails! Thanks to the efforts of numerous and tireless volunteers, the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit has raised over $360,000 for the construction, maintenance, and restoration of the Ridge Trail and other East Bay trails. This event is co- sponsored by and benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Volunteers for Outdoor California, the Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen’s Association and the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association, and is supported by a generous matching grant from Bay Area Barns and Trails.

 

Event Details

  • Registration for each day includes 3 daily meals and campsites for Hikers and Equestrians. Meals are available from Wednesday breakfast through Monday lunch.
  • Runners can opt to Run Only or join camping and meals.
  • Camping gear for the hikers is shuttled between campsites for you, so that only a daypack is required on the hikes.
  • Equestrians can count on shuttle rides between the camps so that they can both ride and move their trailers on the 2 days when we move from one camp to the next.
  • Runners can count on staying in the same campsite if they sign up for both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Evening programs will be both educational and fun.
Hikers: Enjoy daily hikes along the Ridge Trail from the Richmond hills to Castro Valley and on connected trails. Hikers can choose either a 6-8 mile hike or a longer 10-12 mile option each day, for a total of up to 40 miles on the Ridge Trail, with an additional 15 miles of hiking possible across varied terrain, featuring the streams, forests and stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous.
Equestrians: Enjoy daily rides along the Ridge Trail from the Richmond hills to Castro Valley and connected trails. The suggested routes are 10-17 miles daily as well, which can add up to 100 miles of riding, if you do it all, across varied terrain, featuring the streams, forests and stunning views for which the Bay Area is famous. Rides tend to ride in small groups for shorter or longer rides each day. The trails in each park include both fully multi-use fire roads and single track trails, some of which are multi-use. Expect to encounter hikers, runners, dog-walkers and equestrians during the week.
Runners: Enjoy one or two days on the East Bay segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Saturday’s run, about 14 miles, begins at Sibley Volcanic Preserve and finishes at Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. Sunday’s run, about 13 miles, will begin at Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area and finishes at Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. There will be one aid station along the running course each day. More information, including maps and elevation profiles will be available before mid-July.
Camp with us at 3 group campsites—on the Tuesday (potluck dinner ONLY; night before the first hike and ride day) and Wednesday night at the Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park, on Thursday and Friday night at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park, and Saturday-Monday night at Bort Meadow in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. There will be separate hiker and equestrian camping areas at the first 2 sites; everything is spread out at the much larger 3rd site in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. **Equestrians please note that there is limited space for portable corrals and high lines at the first two camps; much more at Bort Meadow.  

Click here for driving directions to all the campsites.

See below for packing list.
  • The famous V-O-Cal Shower tents will be set up at all 3 campsites.
  • The Roberts Park swimming pool is open on Thursday and Friday very close to our campsite.
  • Star-gazing through smaller and larger telescopes at nearby Chabot Observatory is available on Friday.
  • Our raffle guarantees prizes for anyone with a raffle ticket, and our silent auction features great bargains every year.
We will help arrange car-pools to assist hikers who need to move their cars on the 2 days when we hike from one camp to the next, and volunteers will be on hand to move horse trailers while equestrians ride their horses to the next camp on those same days.
We encourage you to ask friends, family and other trail enthusiasts to support you (and the trails!) with a donation, but this is optional.

Donate HERE to Benefit Local Trails

By participating in this event you help trails! Thanks to the efforts of numerous and tireless volunteers, the East Bay Hills Trails Benefit has raised over $360,000 for the construction, maintenance, and restoration of the Ridge Trail and other East Bay trails. This event is co- sponsored by and benefits the Bay Area Ridge Trail, Volunteers for Outdoor California, the Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen’s Association and the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association, and is supported by a generous matching grant from Bay Area Barns and Trails.
We are on the honor system and assume everyone aged 12 and over is vaccinated.
  • Youth Hikers (under 18) can join with an adult participant at $40/Day.
  • All youth/minors must attend with a registered parent or guardian.
Volunteers are needed to help with the important tasks that make this event a great one. Email ebhills@ridgetrail.org to sign up!
If you have to cancel for some unfortunate reason, please let us know so that we can adjust accordingly and make your space available to someone else. Full refunds will be available to those who cancel with us by August 15th. We can be flexible ​​in the case of unforeseen circumstances. Please email events@ridgetrail.org to cancel your registration.

Questions?

Contact Morris Older at 925-510-3149, or email questions to ebhills@ridgetrail.org

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Two people riding horses in redwood forest

Top Ten Reasons to experience the legendary trip this year – for one day or as many as you like:

1 – Make new friends on the trail — and make friends with new trails!

2 – Only $100/day for 3 meals, trails and camping — our volunteers enable most of the fees to support local trails! Expert leaders and hiking guides will make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

3 – Win in Saturday’s raffle — prizes include outdoor gear from REI, Camelbak and more!

4 – Extraordinary evening entertainment!

5 – It’s local — who says you need to travel hundreds of miles for an unforgettable camping experience!

6 – Great food! Hot camp-cooked breakfast every morning, hearty handmade sandwiches for lunch on the trail, delicious gourmet dinners — with vegetarian options at all meals.

7 – Hikers carry just a daypack — we move your tent, sleeping bag, and gear so you don’t have to!

8 – Forage for wild berries and plums on the second longest continuous section of Ridge Trail from Richmond to Castro Valley.

9 – Spectacular views of the Bay, the Sierras, and Mt. Diablo. Get lucky and see the Farallon Islands!

10 – Camp out under sparkling skies — AND view the stars from the largest public telescopes west of the Mississippi at Chabot Observatory!


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