The sprawling Bay Area Ridge Trail, a connected assemblage of high ground paths with diverse points at least 200 miles from each other, recently approached the ridgetops above the scenic Napa Valley.
According to Martha Benioff, office manager for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, proponents covet a northern segment to Mt. St. Helena. The path already traces a long oval encompassing points as far south as Gilroy and the Santa Cruz Range.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail, with a 20-year development history and current length of 330 miles, reaches a maximum elevation of over 2500 feet on Mission Peak, west of San Jose.