Happy Trails!

July 10, 2010

We COWs love a good trail. Whether for riding, hiking or biking, there is nothing quite like spending a time on a scenic trail. We, COWs, are rightfully proud of Woodside’s trails but there are other great trails near by that we can also enjoy. One such trail is the Bay Area Ridge Trail for hikers, horse riders and bicyclists, with its spectacular vistas as it winds through mountain ranges and forests. It even comes complete with campsites!

This trail will eventually be 550 miles long. Begun more than 20 years ago, the trail is about ¾ of the way complete with the most recent segment bringing the total to 326 miles available to the public. About 10 to 15 miles of the trail are being opened each year. The project goal is to preserve and connect the large corridor of wilderness still remaining in one of California’s most populous regions. Going from the Wine Country to Silicon Valley and from the East Bay hills to the ridgelines of the Santa Cruz Mountains it is exciting, worthwhile project.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, a San Francisco nonprofit, which is coordinating the project has the goal of linking communities, providing opportunities for health and fitness, creating open space corridors for wildlife, and providing a place where all ages can experience nature. It is hoped that by learning about nature, people will want to protect it. We agree! Visit their very user friendly website here.

The website features a great interactive map. The trail features amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands, wonderful former ranch lands on Mount Hamilton and a route through East Bay parks from Mission Peak to the Carquinez Strait. One segment is right on our doorstep in the trees above Crystal Springs Reservoir. Blue signs mark the way.

The trail also includes many of the Bay Area’s most beloved parks such as Alum Rock in San Jose, Tilden in the Berkeley Hills and the Presidio in San Francisco. According to Inside the Bay “The trail passes Jack London’s grave in Sonoma County, John Muir’s orchards in Martinez, the cinnabar mines of New Almaden in South San Jose. It skirts past the summer home of 19th-century cattle baron Henry Miller near Gilroy, and Sweeney Ridge near Pacifica, where in 1769 Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola first set eyes on San Francisco Bay.”

The website has a wonderful event map. Coming events include the Lynch Canyon Guided Park Ranger Tour. Saturday July 17th Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010 – 10:00 am and ‘Banana Slug Redwood Ride’ on July 24th in partnership with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. We hope we will meet you on the trail this summer.

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