the steps of Buena Vista Park, San Francisco — the first of MANY stairs
on this hike!
Miles covered so far: Many -- have to calculate!
Total miles: 300 BAR trail miles; 540 bird miles
FIRST CIRCUMNAVIGATION (2004-2006):
Beginning in October, 2004, we hiked the Bay Area Ridge Trail in sections, starting
from the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, heading clockwise around the
Bay, and ending at the same point on Mother’s Day 2006. It
was an incredible experience. We talked, we walked, we rode bikes and we
discovered parts of the Bay Area that we’d only seen from afar. We
saw wild animals, raptors and birds, lizards and snakes, insects and other
humans! We experienced freezing cold, bracing wind and baking heat. It
was an experience that we shared with each other, and other hikers along
the way. Click for photos
from the following sections (most recent at top):
#43 Arguello Gate/Presidio/Golden Gate to start!! (13-May-2006):
#42 San Francisco High Points (24-April-2006):
#41 Mussel Rock to Ft. Funston (27-Mar-2006):
#40 Sweeney Ridge (23-Mar-2006):
#39 Fifield/Cahill Ridge (19-Mar-2006):
#38 Purisima Redwoods (13-Mar-2006):
#37 Huddart/Wonderlich (5-Feb-2006):
#36 Skyline (25-Jan-2006):
#35 Saratoga Gap (15-Jan-2006):
#34 Castle Rock (12-Jan-2006):
#33 Sierra Azul (12-Dec-2005):
#32 New Almaden (28-Nov-2005):
#31 Coyote Creek Bike/Hike (15-Nov-2005):
#30 Mt. Madonna (30-Oct-2005):
#29 J.D. Grant (24-Oct-2005):
#28 Alum Rock Park (16-Oct-2005):
#27 Mission Peak (9-Oct-2005):
#26 Garin (21-Jun & 2-Oct-2005):
#25 Five Canyons (12-Jun-2005):
#24 Cull Canyon (5-Jun-2005):
#23 Chabot (1-Jun-2005):
#22 Redwood to Chabot
Regional Park (23-May-2005):
We are heading south and able to see the mountains of the South Bay!
#21 Tilden Regional Park to Redwood RP (20-May-2005):
Incredible views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the WHOLE
Bay Area! WOW!
Grove to Tilden Regional Park (13-May-2005):
A steep climb to fantastic views; we feel like we’re REALLY
on the a ridge!
Ridge Regional Preserve (13-May-2005):
Checkerspot butterflies and an invisible peacock
Strait Regional Shoreline (4-May-2005): Impending
rain puts a damper on enthusiasm
Rock Springs/Benicia/Vallejo (25-Apr-2005):
Hop-scotching the Trail …
#16 Hiddenbrooke (18-Apr-2005):
#15 Rockville Community
Locked out again – shortest hike ever
Wilderness Park (11-Apr-2005): We pass 100 miles!
#13 Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (4-Apr-2005):
Butterflies & bikes
#12 Hood Mountain (25-Mar-2005):
Trees & ticks: northernmost point of the Trail!
State Park (14-Mar-2005): Varied terrain
#10 In progress: Jack London State
Park (3-Mar-2005): Locked out, lost & car
#9 In progress: Mt. Burdell to
Hiking in the rain
#8 In progress: Verissimo
Hills to O’Hair Park (18-Feb-2005): Hiking in the
#7 In progress: Indian Trees loop (7-Feb-2005)
#6 Big Rock to Lucas Valley Estates (31-Jan-2005):
One of the best hikes (trail & views)
#5 Loma Alta: White Hill to Big Rock (18-Jan-2005):
Hiking in the mist
#4 Bolinas Ridge: Bolinas-Fairfax Road to Olema (15-Nov-2004)
#3 Pantoll to Bolinas-Fairfax Road (8-Nov-2004)
#2 Tennessee Valley to Pantoll/Mt. Tamalpais (16-Oct-2004)
#1 Golden Gate Bridge to Tennessee Valley (6-Oct-2004)
START (Marin County)
NEW! We’re doing it again!
This time in ONE YEAR (2009). Watch our progress, or see when our next
hike is and email us if you’d like
to join us!
#1 Presidio: Solstice Walk (21-Dec-2008):
We begain our long trip on an official Ridge Trail Council-sponsored
hike. Docents from the Presidio Trust shared their experience and
insights, highlighted by the Goldsworthy Spire.
#2 Arguello Gate to
Stern Grove (14-Jan-2009): Lovely day for
a city walk.
#3 Stern Grove to
Mussel Rock (23-Jan hikers
& 28-Jan bikers): Two hikers braved hours of drizzle and rain to
complete this section; two bikers did it later in better weather!
Ridge (29-Jan-2009): It was a gloriously
windy and clear day for this first “real” Ridge Hike.
#5 Purisima (11-Feb-2009):
Rain – again – did not deter the intrepid hikers. Sloppy
mud, dripping redwoods, and tantalizing views through the mist characterized
#6 Fifield-Cahill Ridge (29-Mar-2009): Spring is here! Thanks to our persistent docent, we scored a gorgeous day for this hike. It was cool, clear and breezy, and we even added some new hikers to the group!
GALLERY (index to all photos)