Bay Area Ridge Trail

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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 ...

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

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Overview

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.

About the Author:
Jean Rusmore is the coauthor of Peninsula Trails and South Bay Trails

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899974699
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 938,530
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     x
Twenty Years of Success due to Volunteerism and Civic Commitment     xi
Acknowledgments     xii
Introducing the San Francisco Bay Area     1
Introducing the Bay Area Ridge Trail     7
How to Use This Book     11
The North Bay     19
The Golden Gate Bridge     21
Marin Headlands from the Golden Gate Bridge to Tennessee Valley     25
Marin Headlands from Tennessee Valley to Shoreline Highway     31
Mount Tamalpais State Park     35
Mount Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area     39
Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Samuel P. Taylor State Park     43
Samuel P. Taylor State Park to Loma Alta Open Space Preserve     49
Loma Alta Open Space Preserve to Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve     53
Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve     56
Indian Tree Open Space Preserve to O'Hair Park     59
Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve     63
Helen Putnam Regional Park and McNear Park to Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park     69
Jack London State Historic Park     73
Annadel State Park     79
Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve     83
SugarloafRidge State Park     86
Yountville Cross Road     91
River-to-Ridge Trail     93
Skyline Wilderness Park and Napa Solano Ridge Trail     95
Rockville Hills Regional Park     99
Lynch Canyon Open Space     103
Hiddenbrooke Trail     106
Vallejo-Benicia Buffer     109
Vallejo-Benicia Waterfront     113
The East Bay     119
Al Zampa Memorial Bridge     121
Martinez City Streets to Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline     123
Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline to John Muir National Historic Site on the Hulet Hornbeck Trail     127
Mount Wanda Trail     130
Crockett Hills Regional Park     133
Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve     135
Kennedy Grove to Tilden Regional Park     139
Tilden Regional Park to Redwood Regional Park     145
Redwood and Anthony Chabot Regional Parks     151
Anthony Chabot Regional Park     155
East Bay Municipal Utility District Lands to Independent School     161
Independent School to Five Canyons     165
Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Ed R. Levin County Park     169
The South Bay     175
Alum Rock Park and Boccardo Trail Corridor     177
Joseph D. Grant County Park     181
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch Trail     185
Mount Madonna County Park     188
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve     193
Coyote Creek Parkway North     195
Coyote Creek Parkway South     199
Santa Teresa County Park and Los Alamitos/Calero Creek Trail     201
Almaden Quicksilver County Park     207
Sanborn County Park and Castle Rock State Park     211
The Peninsula     217
Saratoga Gap Open Space Preserve to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve     219
Skyline Ridge and Russian Ridge Open Space Preserves     223
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve     227
Wunderlich County Park to Huddart County Park     231
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve     235
San Francisco Watershed Trail     239
Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Sweeney Ridge to Milagra Ridge     243
Mussel Rock to Fort Funston     249
San Francisco     255
Fort Funston to Stern Grove     257
Stern Grove to the Presidio     261
San Francisco Presidio     267
Summary of Trail Features     276
Trail Sampler: Trips for Many Reasons     286
Information Sources and Contacts for Parks     298
Transportation Agencies that Serve the Bay Area Ridge Trail Route     300
Index     302
About the Author     314
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