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Our Mission
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council's mission is to create a continuous 550+-mile trail for hikers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians along the ridgelines overlooking San Francisco Bay.
The Council works in close partnership with agencies and local government, parks, land trusts, and other stakeholders and volunteers to plan, acquire, design, build, care for, and promote the Ridge Trail.
Careful planning and design of the Ridge Trail frequently dovetails with preservation and restoration of key upland habitats - opening the trail often allows the public to experience and enjoy restored natural areas for the first time.

Over 375 Miles and Counting
Today, over 375 miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail route are open and permanently protected for you to explore - thanks to the inspired vision of our founders and the ongoing effort and support of hundreds of enthusiastic and effective advocates.
With the help of our board, staff, volunteers, and supporters, the vision of a connected ridgeline trail is being transformed into reality, link by link. We invite you to get involved and help complete the Ridge Trail. Visit ridgetrail.org for more information.