In early 2015
Regional Parks constructed a section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail at the entry
to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve.
connecting the trail to the intersection of Highway 12 and Pythian Road have
been completed and the trail is now open for use. The work consisted of
pedestrian ramp construction, and road crossing and signal modifications at the
Pythian Road and Highway 12 intersection, as well as on Rancho Los Guilicos
planted trees between the trail and Pythian Road, and with parks maintenance
crews, completed the work along Pythian Road in March 2016.
Bay Area Ridge
Trail Council grant in 2008 provided funding for project planning,
environmental review and engineering.
Coastal Conservancy grant in 2012 and Park Mitigation Fees provided
funding for project construction.
contributed to the project providing labor for tree planting and tree
protection along the trail corridor.
The vision for
the Bay Area Ridge Trail is 550-miles of continuous trail serving hikers, mountain
bicyclists and equestrians that rings San Francisco Bay high on the
ridgeline. Under the leadership of the Conservancy and Bay Area Ridge
Trail Council (BARTC) and supported by a diverse group of project participants,
the Ridge Trail creates an interconnected system of open space and trails that
provides recreational opportunities and scenic views to the public. In
its over 20 years, more than 340-miles of trail have been opened to the public
in all nine Bay Area counties.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail extension project provides a critical link in the
Ridge Trail, connecting Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve
with the City of Santa Rosa and Annadel State Park. This vital piece
includes construction of 0.3 mile segment of the Ridge Trail with improvements
to facilitate a safe and accessible crossing of Highway 12 at Pythian
Rd. The trail portion of the project is located on vacant land that is
part of the County-owned Los Guilicos complex and was formerly agricultural
land dominated by annual grasses.
Regional Parks has constructed a multiple-use pathway from the existing end of
the Ridge Trail at Rancho Los Guilicos Road to State Highway 12 on the existing
County-owned Los Guilicos complex. Before the trail was completed, pedestrians
used the roadway between the highway and the facility. The trail is now separated
from motorized vehicle traffic, providing a safer route of travel. The
pathway is a six foot wide compacted gravel surface with gentle grades making
it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This short critical stretch of trail was necessary to provide a connection to
the greater Ridge Trail. To the north, the trail connects to an existing,
dedicated segment of the Ridge Trail which links to Hood Mountain Park and all
its trails. To the south, the project connects to the subdivision of
Oakmont in the City of Santa Rosa, providing access beyond to Annadel State
Park. The public can now easily access existing open space and an
extensive existing trail network on either side of Highway 12. In
addition, the trail supports the use of alternative transportation as it
connects to Sonoma County Transit bus stops along a bus route linking the
cities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma, and provides access to the numerous facilities
at the County’s Los Guilicos complex.