REI - Ridge Trail Service Day

  • November 7, 2009 · 8:00 AM
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(Click on the picture to the right to see a map of all the work party locations!)

The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, and local park agencies will again team up for the 2nd Annual REI - Ridge Trail Service Day. Each of the 10 Bay Area REI stores will partner with a local park agency, land trust or open space district to build, improve, or restore a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and REI is supporting an 11th project in Napa County. With 11 different projects, there's sure to be one near you, so pitch in, get dirty, and help build the Ridge Trail!

No experience necessary; tools and supervision provided. Projects vary at each site. Morning refreshments provided by REI, Peets Coffee & Tea, and the Council. Advance registration is required and attendance is limited for each trail party. Don't delay--this event filled up in 2008 with over 400 volunteers! Register through our website or directly at Eventbrite. See below for more information on each project. If you still have questions, call the Council at [masked] and ask for Joel.

The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council gratefully thanks REI for it's support. A long-time partner of the Council, REI has supported the Council’s work through grants, work parties, and trail events.

REI - Ridge Trail Service Day, Saturday November 7, 2009 -- Work Parties around the Bay:


  • Novato: Mt. Burdell Open Space Preserve--Work will be from 9am to noon. Volunteers will improve trail tread, rebuild water bars, and stabilize drainage areas with rip-rap. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Following the project, MCOSD will provide a picnic lunch. Hosted by Marin County Open Space District and the Corte Madera REI. Register for the Novato work party!
  • Santa Rosa: Hood Mt. Regional Park--Work will be from 9am to 1pm. Volunteers will be putting the finishing touches on a new campground, building a small retaining wall, completing a larger wall and working on a small drainage channel. Campgrounds such as this will enable multi-day trips on the Ridge Trail. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. The Regional Parks Department will provide water and snacks. Hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks and the Santa Rosa REI. Register for the Santa Rosa work party!
  • Napa: Skyline Wilderness Park--Check-in will start at 9am and work will go to 1pm. Volunteers will restore the lower sections of the Ridge Trail, repairing the trail tread. Ages 14 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Water and snacks provided. Hosted by Bay Area Ridge Council. Register for the Napa work party!
  • Benicia: Buffer Trail--Work will be from 10am to 3pm. Volunteers will remove existing risers, cut into slope, and install new risers, improve drainage, remove invasives, and clear bridges and benches along the trail. Ages 12 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Lunch and refreshments will be provided by City of Benicia. Hosted by Benicia Parks & Community Services and the Brentwood REI on the Vallejo - Benicia Buffer Trail, a greenbelt between the 2 cities that connects with the Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, with striking views of the Strait. Register for the Benicia work party!
  • Vallejo: Hann’s Park--Work will be from 8:30am to noon. Volunteers will replace damaged and worn bridge deck boards, repair & paint bridge railings, remove dead & dying trees & shrubs, prune vegetative overgrowth, remove invasive species, and clean up the trail. Ages 18 and older are welcome. Please bring work gloves, and if possible hand pruners. After the project, GVRD will provide a BBQ lunch. Hosted by Greater Vallejo Recreation District and the Concord REI. Register for the Vallejo work party!
  • Berkeley: Skyline Trail--Work will be from 8am to 1pm. Volunteers will remove old stone steps, build a fence at trail entrance, improve trail tread, install water bars, and clear the trail. Ages 12 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. EBMUD will provide lunch. Hosted by East Bay Municipal Utilities District and the Berkeley REI. Register for the Berkeley work party!
  • San Jose: Alum Rock Park--Sign-in begins at 8:30am, work will be from 9 to noon. Volunteers will build rolling grade dips, improve tread, turns, switchbacks, & drainage to resist erosion, replace armoring, prune overgrowht, obliterate social trails and remove invasive species. Ages 12 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Lunch will be provided by REI. Hosted by the City of San Jose and the Fremont REI. Register for the San Jose work party!
  • Saratoga: Sanborn County Park--Work will be from 9am to 1pm. This section of the Ridge Trail is being prepared for opening to all user groups. Work will include repairing trail tread, improving drainage to minimize erosion, and pruning overgrowth, to make a safer, more sustainable trail. Ages 10 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Drinks and snacks provided. Hosted by Santa Clara County Parks, the Trail Center and the Saratoga REI. Register for the Saratoga work party!
  • Cupertino: Long Ridge Open Space Preserve--Work is from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Volunteers will repair troughed trail tread over culverts & at bridge/puncheon approaches, and may rock trail tread, and clear brush. Ages 14 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Water and snacks provided. Hosted by Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Mountain View REI. Register for the Cupertino work party!
  • Pacifica: Sweeney Ridge--Work will be from 9am to noon. Volunteers will repairing trail tread, widening and outsloping sections to ensure proper drainage, and brushing back overgrown vegetation. Ages 16 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Snacks and water provided. Hosted by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Trails Forever and San Carlos REI. Register for the Pacifica work party!
  • San Francisco: The Presidio--Sign-in will start at 8:30am, work from 9 to noon. Volunteers will spruce up the trail by cutting back overgrown vegetation and raking the trail. Ages 10 and older are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Hosted by The Presidio Trust and San Francisco REI. Register for the San Francisco work party!

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  • Dena J.

    Had a great day with sunshine, smiles, soft soil (thanks to the rain!), & great food! Thank you to everyone who came out to work on the Ridge Trail!

    November 9, 2009

  • Jg

    I was at Sanborn County Park above Saratoga, where we had about 50 volunteers who worked hard, installing a *lot* of drainage dips.

    Great day!

    November 8, 2009

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