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

Bay Area Ridge Trail Connection and Parking Area Feasibility Study

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

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

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    Public Access, Education, and Outreach
    Public Access
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    Grant Funded
    Grant Funded

    GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

    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

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

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    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.

    Timeline

    2021-2022Biological, cultural, topographic and traffic studies.
    Winter 2022Public meeting with Midpen's Planning and Natural Resources Committee to review results and provide recommendations.
    Fall-Winter 2022Geotechnical analysis and cost estimates.
    Spring 2023Public meeting with Midpen's Planning and Natural Resources Committee to review and consider recommending to full board for approval. 
    Summer 2023Public meeting with Midpen's full board of directors to consider approving the study and recommendations.