Thirty years ago, William Penn Mott Jr. brought forth a big idea. As a leader in the National and California State Parks he envisioned a 550-mile ridge trail that would unite the ridges around San Francisco Bay watershed. The first section of trail was dedicated in May 1989. Today, 375 miles are open and ready to explore either by foot, bike or horseback. The vision of the Bay Area Ridge Trails is to link people, parks and open space for today and future generations. November 4 was Ridge Trail Day where 100’s of volunteers gathered to work on new and existing sections of the trail. Imagine, a 550-mile trail through wilderness and urban areas built by volunteers. Anything is possible.
The vision includes trails from Mt. St. Helen to Oakland to San Jose to San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge to the ridges of Marin and Sonoma County. Over five hundred miles of trails is slowly being connected by a grassroots effort of volunteer trail builders, collaborative partnerships, and visionary leaders. Download the regional map and you’ll get a sense of the scope of this vision.