Route: Bay to Ridge Trail (CA)
Marcy Beard submitted the route:
I recently learned about the "Bay to Ridge" trail in Palo Alto CA, the concept being that it connects the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail to travel from the Bay to the peninsula ridgeline. The route is mostly complete, involving trails, sidewalks, and bike trails. There is an unconnected section in the middle requiring additional sidewalk/road running; hopefully eventually this will connect as a trail through the Stanford Dish area across I-280 to Arastradero. Even with this disconnect, it looks like an interesting and fun route. The start is at the Baylands Sailing Station and the end (or turn-around) is at Skyline Blvd in the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. Total distance and elevation one-way ~18.5 miles, 2800 ft up // round trip ~37 miles, ~3600 ft of climbing in total.
Be aware of park open hours at the start/finish - the gate opens at 8 am daily. It closes at different times throughout the year depending on sunset. In order to avoid access problems, consider parking outside the gates on Embarcadero just past Embarcadero Way (adds 0.9 miles to get to the start and another 0.9 miles back from the finish).
Bay to Ridge Trail information:
Baylands Preserve (start/finish), open hours varies by month: