'Cruz' the Ridge Trail through the Santa Cruz Mountains
Saturday September 12
Hike or ride through the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. on the 4th Annual Ridge Trail Cruz. Come out and enjoy the trail you've helped build and raise funds to complete the vision. The Cruz has a variety of hiking and riding options, including a special tot- and senior-friendly family hike, and all offer scenic trails with gorgeous vistas.
Help Raise Funds to Complete the Ridge Trail
Participants can join the "Cruz-a-thon" and support the Ridge Trail. Ask your friends and colleagues to sponsor you at $1, $5, or $10 per mile. Top fundraisers will win prizes donated by REI.
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The Cruz is a fully supported event with light breakfast, rest stops, lunch, water, route leaders, and maps provided. Communications and first aid support have been arranged. Hikers will be transported by bus for a one-way hike. Advance registraion is required and attendance is limited.
Early bird members only registration runs from July 15 - August 14. If you are not yet a Ridge Trail Council member you can join now and receive the early bird members only rate and guarantee a spot on the activity of your choice. Regular, full price event registration opens to the public on August 15.
Start times, detailed below, vary depending on which event you choose. Confirmed payment is your official confirmation. Detailed information and directions will be emailed to you around September 1.
Please don't hesitate to contact the Council if you have any questions: 415-561-2595, ask for Dena or Joel.
longer hikes are challenging with at least 1000 feet of elevation gain
with many ups and downs. Please choose your hike based on your
conditioning and skill level.
23-mile: Arrive 7:15 a.m. (possible to end at 13 miles).
13-mile: Arrive 8:15 a.m. (possible to end at 8 miles).
Family: Short hike (~1m) around Horseshoe Lake and vicinity. $20 fee for entire family. Arrive 9:45 a.m.
Horseback Rides: Equestrians will have a choice of rides, from ~10 miles to ~ 23 miles, with varying amounts of climbing. All routes have a mix of fire roads and singletrack riding. You must register for the horseback ride, but can choose your route the day of the event. Arrive 9:45 a.m.
Mountain Bike Rides: New Routes in 2009!
Cyclists will enjoy a unique opportunity to "preview" the Ridge Trail in Sanborn County Park as part of this one-day special event before the park’s official opening to mountain bikes [riders MUST be registered for this event to ride in the park]. Thanks to Council partners Santa Clara County Parks for supporting the Cruz with permission for this special opportunity.
Two bike rides will be offered. All riders and bikes will be shuttled to the start of the ride. Both rides are challenging and have a mix of fire roads and singletrack riding, plenty of climbing and a short bit of riding on Highway 35. Please choose your ride based on your conditioning, experience, and skill level. Arrive 9:15 a.m.
Intermediate: ~18 miles (possible to end at 12 miles)
Advanced: ~31 miles, includes long 1300 foot climb and challenging techinical sections (possible to end at 21 miles)
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council thanks Ridge Trail Cruz partners Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County Parks, Responsible Organized Mountain Pedalers, Equestrian Trail Riders' Action Committee and REI, and sponsors Plus 3 Network, Clif Bar and Peet's Coffee & Tea.
[photo credits: hikers: Debbie Navratil; Equestrians: Ernsy Meissner; cyclists: Bern Smith]
When & Where
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit uniting volunteers and agencies to plan, build, maintain, and promote a 550-mile multi-use trail on the ridgelines around San Francisco Bay. When complete, it will connect over 75 parks and open spaces.
The Ridge Trail serves the recreation needs of diverse communities, providing close-to-home recreation for all Bay Area residents and countless visitors. However, the Ridge Trail offers more than recreation for hikers, runners, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians: it provides an opportunity for people in the densely populated Bay Area to reconnect with the natural environment. The trail is both accessible to everyone through well-located trailheads, and remote, because users can quickly leave the urban environment and get out to unspoiled places.
The Council partners with local governments, public agencies, nonprofit land trusts, community members and trail advocates in all nine Bay Area counties. There are over 360 miles of dedicated Ridge Trail open for you to enjoy today and protected for future generations.