Ridges to Bridges 2021
The Bay Area Ridge Trail is an ambitious goal. As envisioned, it would circumnavigate San Francisco Bay with a continuous trail — for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians — of 550 miles. Currently, 390 miles have been acquired and made available to the public.
2021’s Ridge to Bridges
Because of precautions and restrictions due to due to COVID-19, the annual Ridge to Bridges this year is self-guided. Participants choose from “curated Ridge Trail options in 4 locations around the Bay Area” and complete their outings on their own schedule, at their own pace.
There are curated Ridge Trail trips in four distinct Bay Area locations: North, South, East and West.
Where are the featured trails?
There are multiple trip options “in each of the four locations with trail lengths varying from 8 – 20 miles. This is a great chance to explore new areas of the Ridge Trail or check new sections off the list for Ridge Trail Circumnavigators. Make it a real challenge and pick a trail option (or 2) in each location:
1.Marin Headlands in Marin County
2.Carquinez Strait region in Contra Costa and Solano Counties
3.Mission Peak in Alameda and Santa Clara Counties
4.Peninsula Skyline area in southern San Mateo County”
Because Ralph and I have set it a priority to complete our last four peak hikes of the Nifty Ninety Peaks challenge before it gets too hot out here, I had to think about taking on a new challenge. However, this is a worthwhile cause and might introduce us to new trails, I decided to sign up. $39. And before I knew it, I had won a set of prizes including a $50 certificate to Whole Foods — where I can pick up picnic supplies for my hiking buddies and myself!
The challenge goes until June 5; the virtual celebration party will be June 8. Don’t delay. Go to https://ridgetrail.org/ridge-to-bridges-2021/ and find out more!
I’ll have more to say about our first hike on the Carquinez Strait later. What I have learned is that equestrian trails can be VERY steep — who knew!