Bay Area Ridge Trail is gearing up for its popular Thru-hike and Ride, which will take place from Wednesday, August 29 to Sunday, September 2, 2012. Hikers and equestrians can join the 5th annual East Bay Hills Thru-Hike (& 11th annual ride) while supporting local trails.
Hikers and riders are generally on different trails during the day, and share meals, camaraderie, and entertainment each evening. Participants will cover 40 miles of the Ridge Trail and an additional 15 miles on other regional trails. There will be varied terrain and magnificent views of the Bay Area. Daily hike mileage will range between 9 and 13 miles.
Your hike will be fully supported—all meals and campsites are included. Camping gear is shuttled between campsites for you, allowing you to hike each day with only a daypack.
Recognizing that not everyone has the time or funds to participate in the entire event, there are many options for joining in. When you take a look at the full menu of options, click here, you’ll see that you can also select one or more day hikes, shorter overnight stays, and so forth.
The Thru-Hike Trails and Camps for 2012 (subject to change)
- Day 1 (Wednesday): Hike starts at Stonebrae Country Club where we will hike the newest segment of Ridge Trail in Alameda County – through North Garin Regional Park to Five Canyons. Hikers will take a quick shuttle at Five Canyons and resume hiking at Anthony Chabot to our first camp at Bort Meadow. 12.1 miles.
- Day 2 (Thursday): Head out from Bort Meadow and begin with a short loop on 2 trails refurbished by V-O-Cal a year ago. Then follow the Ridge Trail through Anthony Chabot and onto the French Trail in Redwood Regional Park. Our second camp is at Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller. 11 miles.
- Day 3 (Friday): Choose between short and longer hikes near Redwood Park. We will again camp at Joaquin Miller Park. Up to 9 miles.
- Day 4 (Saturday): Hike the Ridge Trail through Redwood Regional Park, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, then across EBMUD watershed above the Caldecott Tunnel. Camp at Es Anderson Equestrian Camp in Tilden Regional Park. 12 miles.
- Day 5 (Sunday): The final day of the hike, we head north from Tilden, through Wildcat Canyon Regional Park to San Pablo Reservoir then Kennedy Grove Regional Recreational Area where hikers will board a quick shuttle to Pinole Watershed. Hike from Pinole to Fernandez Ranch where the hike ends. 10 miles.
Note: The equestrians ride Wednesday through Monday. Because camp is set up, hikers who want to camp Tuesday night (Aug. 28) at Bort Meadow, or want to stay over Sunday night, are free to do so.)
There’s a full schedule of evening entertainment including the Dark Hollow Bluegrass Band, gazing through the big telescope at Chabot Observatory, and ranger talks.
The Tilden-Wildcat Horsemen’s Association and the Metropolitan Horsemen’s Association host this 5-day hike/6-Day equestrian ride, and the Volunteers for Outdoor California are co-sponsors. This event has raised over $150,000 for the Ridge Trail and other East Bay trails in previous years.
Space is limited. You may register for the 5-Day Thru-Hike, or for individual days.
The 5-day thru-hike is $250-$350 depending on the level you choose; day hikes/rides are $55-$75 each; dinners are $15 each. There are reduced fees for those 18 and younger. Volunteers are needed.
Read about last year’s hike & ride in Ridge Lines, click here for pdf.