Bikers taking a break to overlook Lexington Reservoir from El Sereno Open Space Preserve Bay Area Ridge Trail South Bay

Favorite Ridge Trail Hikes & Bike Rides

The Bay Area Ridge Trail (aka Ridge Trail) comprises over 400 miles of trails encircling the bay. That's a lot of hiking and biking and multi-use adventures! We've rounded up three of the best sections to do in San Francisco and the East and South Bay.

Week: 09.07.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Serenity in El Sereno

Hike or bike a new section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail in El Sereno Open Space Preserve

Bikers checking out the view of the reservoir from a bench in El Sereno Open Space Preserve on the Bay Area Ridge Trail
Sign for the Bay Area Ridge Trail in El Sereno Open Space Preserve in the South Bay
Person taking a break to take in the view at El Sereno Open Space Preserve
This one’s for solitude seekers. The El Sereno Open Space Preserve leg of the Bay Area Ridge Trail is a new 7-mile (out-and-back) adventure for hikers and cyclists, winding through the chaparral with 1,000 feet of elevation gain and gorgeous views as payoff.
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Experience Sunriver Resort and Go on a Culinary Adventure

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Couple hugging in Central Oregon
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Enter to Win the Central Oregon Fall Sweepstakes: Winner gets a $500 gift card toward a stay at the luxury Sunriver Resort plus $500 in gift cards for local dining spots.
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Plateau Perfection

Hike a loop of the Bay Area Ridge Trail at Vargas Plateau in the East Bay

Vargas Plateau withe cows in the background in the East Bay
Hiker on a trail at Vargas Plateau in the East Bay
Bay Area Ridge Trail sign pointing the way in Vargas Plateau East Bay
Set deep in the East Bay hills, Vargas Plateau Regional Park is a secluded grassland that’s home to several endangered and threatened species. Hike a 4-mile loop of the Bay Area Ridge Trail here.
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National Park City Walk

Hike the Ridge Trail in Presidio National Park for Classic San Francisco Views

Bikers and walkers on the Bay Area Ridge Trail with the Golden Gate Bridge behind them
Person in bare feet walking at Marshall Beach in San Francisco, with a view of the Golden Gate bridge
Marshall Beach in San Francisco with a northern view of the Golden Gate Bridge
See San Francisco the way locals do by hiking the Presidio, a national park right in the city! Wooded trails, secluded beaches, and epic views of the Golden Gate Bridge feature on this 5.5-mile out-and-back on the Bay Area Ridge Trail. It’s a lovely slice of the City by the Bay.
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  1. Point Dume Bloom!

    On this 2-mile loop hike in Mailibu's Point Dume Natural Preserve, you can find yourself walking through fields of brilliant yellow specimens—some of them chest high and taller—but also dip down to pristine beaches and tide pools, possibly crowning your visit with a gray-whale sighting.

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    Strolling Stornetta

    Big Sur has some competition. Located along the rugged Mendocino County coastline, the 1,665-acre Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is a spectacular place to meander for miles along bluffs overlooking small coves, sea caves, dunes, and clusters of offshore islands.

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    Big Foot in the Big Trees

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    LA Discovery Walk

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