Highway 35 near Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserves' North Ridge parking area.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Connection and Parking Area Expansion Feasibility Study

The vision of a public trail encircling Bay Area ridgetops is being realized piece by piece. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is planning a new Bay Area Ridge Trail segment on their watershed lands that would terminate near Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve's North Ridge parking area.

In 2021, with support from a SFPUC grant, Midpen began a 2-year study on the feasibility of connecting the proposed new trail segment to the Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve’s existing trail system, including crossing Highway 35 and expanding the preserve’s North Ridge parking area.

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    The goals of the study are to identify:

    • Possible ways to improve and reconfigure the North Ridge parking area
    • Permitting approach
    • Highway 35 crossing location to enhance regional connectivity

    Following the study results, Midpen staff would seek funding opportunities to support implementation. 

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    2021-2022Biological, cultural, topographic and traffic studies.
    Fall 2022-Spring 2023Focused public outreach and stakeholder engagement.
    Spring 2023Geotechnical analysis and cost estimates.
    April 4, 2023Public meeting with Midpen's Planning and Natural Resources Committee to review results, hear public comment and provide recommendations. (agenda and minutes)
    June 7, 2023Virtual public workshop to share preliminary parking concepts for the expansion and reconfiguration of the Purisima North Ridge parking area and receive public feedback.
    July 25, 2023Public meeting with Midpen's Planning and Natural Resources Committee to hear public comment, and review and consider recommending to full board for approval. (agenda and minutes)
    Nov. 9, 2023Public meeting with Midpen's full board of directors to hear public comment and consider approving the study and recommendations. (agenda)



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    This project is supported by Measure AA, a 30-year, $300 million bond passed by local voters in 2014 to support Midpen’s community-created Vision Plan top 25 priority projects.

    Additional Funding

    The Feasibility Study is expected to cost $189,000. Funding for this study is provided by a $114,000 grant from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, $50,000 from the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and a $14,000 contribution from Bay Area Ridge Trail.