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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Ridge Road and Trail

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Mostly singletrack along a key link in the northern East Bay.


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3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

1,009' 308 m

High

370' 113 m

Low

510' 156 m

Up

808' 246 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Purchase a trail permit to hike here.

Description

The eastern half of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through the East Bay Municipal Water District's Pinole watershed. It consists of mostly singletrack through classic East Bay hills. There is a fire road section near the northern end with some particularly steep sections, while the singletrack generally has more enjoyable grades.

This trail was over thirty years in the making. The northern segment of singletrack was laid out in the early 1990s. It is an upgraded cow trail actually, which shows how good cows are at engineering trails as it has a gentle grade around several blind turns that connects from one ridgeline saddle to another via the sidehill.

The whole trail was finally completed sometime in the 2000s.

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Shared By:

Preston Jordan

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A bench along the Pinole Ridge Trail.
Jun 29, 2021 near El Sobr…, CA

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