Our progress so far: 155.5 trail miles out of 394 … good to see some significant red lines on our trail map.
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Dawn likes an ambitious goal. Dan had an idea: “How about we hike the Bay Area Ridge Trail? All 394 miles of it.” Dawn was immediately on board, and the idea began to grow: We could create a new blog and social content; we could find sponsors to raise money for trail development and hiking equipment; we could write a book. We need some tension, so let’s hike it in 100 days.
Then reality set in. Most of the hikes are out and back, doubling the length of many trails and even extending those where car shuttles are possible. As the projected hiking and vehicle miles grew, our tally of family commitments began to squeeze days and occasional weeks off of the projected calendar. Summer heat is coming. Fires are inevitable. And after spending 13 months pretty close to home, we may want to spend some time with friends or take a trip or two once our COVID-19 vaccine is fully functional.
And so, we decided to simplify things. Let’s hike the trail at our leisure – one or two segments a week with occasional long weekends to knock off some miles. Let’s evolve our Coastside Slacking blog and social media instead of starting from scratch. Let’s make a gift to ridge trail development and include a link to the donation site at the end of each post rather than try to seek sponsorships. Let’s buy our own shoes.
Let’s have some fun.
As envisioned by a coalition of national, state and regional parks administrators in 1987, the Bay Area Ridge Trail one day will connect the San Francisco Bay region with a continuous 550-mile loop along the region’s ridgelines. The first two segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail were dedicated in 1989 at Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, just down the road from our home on the San Mateo County Coastside, and at nearby Wunderlich County Park. Today, some 394-miles of existing and newly developed trails can be hiked, and more are being added each year.
Find more information about development of the project plus detailed maps and descriptions of each trail segment at the Bay Area Ridge Trail site .
- Hiking the Ridge Trail with Friends at Windy Hill
- Urban Vistas & War Relics on the Ridge Trail at Pacifica
- The Presidio to Mt. Tamalpais on The Ridge Trail
- A New Path at El Corte de Madera on the Ridge Trail
- Summer on the Ridge Trail from Saratoga Gap to Russian Ridge
- Country Roads at Chabot Park on the Ridge Trail
- A Well-loved Path in Oakland’s Redwoods on the Ridge Trail
- Clouds Shroud Hike to Kennedy Grove on the Ridge Trail
- Desolate Beauty above Martinez on the Ridge Trail
- Almond Ranch Fills Ridge Trail Gap at Franklin Ridge
- Fog to Forest in the Berkeley Hills on the Ridge Trail
- FOMO Powers Dinosaur Ridge Ascent on the Ridge Trail
- Navigating the Carquinez Bridge on the Ridge Trail
- The Ridge Trail Kicks Our Butts in the Pinole Valley
- Crockett Hills on the Bay Area Ridge Trail
- Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve on the Bay Area Ridge Trail