The Bay Area Ridge Trail is nearing a milestone.
By the end of this year, 400 miles of trails will circumvent the Bay Area, according to the nonprofit Bay Area Ridge Council. There are currently 393 miles of connected trails, and the organization aims to eventually complete a 550-mile trail linking all of the Bay Area’s ridges in one continuous loop.
"We are delighted to be on the final ascent to reach this significant 400-mile waypoint along our path," Janet McBride, Executive Director of the Bay Area Ridge Council, said in a statement earlier this week. "Now, more than ever, people appreciate hitting the trail for both epic adventures and quick jaunts to recharge and get a fresh perspective."
A 3.7-mile trail connecting Pacific Union College and Moore Creek Park in Napa County combined with a 3.5-mile trail in Santa Clara County's El Sereno Open Space Preserve will allow the Ridge Trail to reach 400 miles.
Both trails are expected to be completed this year, the council said.
The trail is multi-use, and the organization said over 80% of the existing trail is accessible by bikes and horses. An 80-mile stretch from Marin to Highway 92 adorns the western side, while the eastern side includes a 43-mile stretch from El Sobrante to Union City.