Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians Guide Book

by Jean Rusmore (Wilderness Press)
Bay Area Ridge Trail The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians  by Jean Rusmore

314pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0899974694

On a network of paths that ring San Francisco Bay, the Bay Area Ridge Trail provides easy access to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding across oakstudded grasslands and through tranquil forests. Discover dramatic coastlines, former Mexican ranchos, old Native American footpaths, vistas that inspired Spanish explorers, and more. With more than a dozen new hikes, the fully updated official guide to the trail covers more than 300 miles of the trail opened to date. Choose from 58 trips in parks and public lands like Marin County’s hilly Mt. Tamalpais State Park, peaceful Jack London State Historic Park, and view-packed Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. Trips range from a 1.6-mile stroll on the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge over the Carquinez Strait to a 12.8-mile traverse of Bolinas Ridge in the North Bay. Join veteran hiker Jean Rusmore on the spectacular Bay Area Ridge Trail—there’s an outing suitable for every mood and group.

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Trails from the "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 57.
... Preview: Join strollers, exercise buffs, dog walkers, and commuters on a high suspension bridge over the wide waters of Carquinez Strait where the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers flow to San Francisco Bay. From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Vallejo, CA - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: Climb to a secluded valley surmounted by a high, rounded hill on the east side of the Santa Clara Valley for a bird’s-eye view of nearby San Jose that expands to include all the South Bay and the Peni ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
... Preview: Gradually climb over grassy hillsides and through oak woodlands and conifer forests on the west side of Bennett Mountain along wide, rocky service roads. You gain 1100 feet and then lose 1000 feet as ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Santa Rosa, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.6
... Preview: Explore the little-traveled lands of Chabot Regional Park. Your trail runs through a long, grassy valley beside a willow-lined creek and climbs gradually through eucalyptus forests to the ridgetop, a ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Ashland, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.1
... Preview: Roam rolling ridgelands in northern Contra Costa County on a trail named for longtime East Bay Regional Open Space District planner and trail enthusiast Hulet Hornbeck. It follows the old California R ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Benicia, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Coyote Creek travels 31 miles from the Diablo Range to San Francisco Bay. On this 8.1-mile segment, you follow the creekbed beneath shady riparian cover and beside remnants of the Santa Clara Valley’s ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
San Jose, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.1
... Preview: Take a short, creekside stroll through the broad Coyote Creek floodplain. You’ll enjoy pleasant rest stops under large shade trees and awesome views of the nearby Coast Range. The entire route follows ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
San Jose, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 7.7
... Preview: After a vigorous climb on the 2.6-mile link to the trail’s north entrance, this trip heads south on a relatively level trail with views of the lake, the surrounding foothills, and the coastal mountain ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
San Martin, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.2
... Preview: Climb to high grasslands for East Bay views from Carquinez Strait west to Mt. Tamalpais and north to Hood Mountain and Bald Mountain on the Ridge Trail route. From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Crockett, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: A long ramble through rolling grasslands arrives at a popular swimming, fishing, and picnicking site. This exposed route begins with a steady, 2-mile, 920-foot ascent on a path through oak woodlands. ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Castro Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.4
... Preview: Watch hang gliders soar on ocean breezes at the launching site in Fort Funston and take in sweeping vistas from a former military observation point. Begin this diverse San Francisco stroll on foggy, b ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Daly City, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: From the heights of Bolinas Ridge you’ll have magnificent views of the sparkling ocean, tree-covered ridges, deep canyons, oak-dotted hills, and distant peaks. You’ll also glimpse Marin County history ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Fairfax, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.8
... Preview: A trek along this 1000-acre ridgetop visits the San Francisco Bay Discovery Site, unique coastal plant communities, and the Skyline College campus and offers sweeping views of the coast and mountains. ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Pacifica, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: This pleasant stroll through a regional park and Petaluma’s historic neighborhoods is rich in history. You’ll pass restored Victorian houses around McNear and Walnut parks and cross the Petaluma River ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Petaluma, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: These rolling grasslands offer expansive views of San Francisco and San Pablo bays and the mountains that encircle them, from Mt. Tamalpais to Mt. Diablo. You’ll gain 550 feet on short, steep climbs a ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Vallejo, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: A vigorous uphill trip follows Hood Creek through forests and meadows, passes several ponds, and then climbs to the top of Hood Mountain. From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Glen Ellen, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.1
... Preview: Follow city streets, a creekside path under a shady canopy, and trails through gently contoured grasslands to high meadows with 360-degree views of East Bay ridges and canyons. Most of this trip is in ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Castro Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.4
... Preview: Explore Indian Tree’s redwood and Douglas-fir forests on a shady and well-graded out- and-back trip (with an elevation gain and loss of 720 feet). Then head north over grassy hillsides above Stafford ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Novato, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Join this leg of the main Ridge Trail route—the Sonoma Mountain Trail—from a connector trail through redwood and oak forests. After an out-and-back trip on the Sonoma Mountain Trail segment, follow th ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Glen Ellen, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11.7
... Preview: Traverse remote oak woodlands and an ancient bay-tree forest to reach a 2457-foot vista point with outstanding views of the high peaks of the Coast Range. This segment traces the western boundary of 9 ... From the guidebook "Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians"
Mount Hamilton, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.4