The future extension adds approximately six miles to the Ridge Trail.
A proposed new extension of the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail featuring an enhanced ADA trailhead and a new surfaced ADA trail loop is moving forward. The approximately six-mile SFPUC Bay Area Ridge Trail Extension would link the existing Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Phleger Estate. The extension would parallel upper Highway 35 from the Highway 92 intersection south to the Phleger Estate. The southern extension, combined with a new 2 mile connecter from Highway 92 north through Skylawn Cemetery to the existing Fifield-Cahill Ridge trail at Cemetery Gate on Cahill Ridge, would provide a continuous 16.5 mile trail across the 23,000 acre SFPUC Peninsula Watershed.
The goal is to create additional educational and recreational opportunities within the watershed that are compatible with the need to protect drinking water quality and fragile ecosystems that support a broad array of native plant and wildlife species—including many that are threatened or endangered and protected by federal and state laws.
Updates on the status of the project were provided at the last community meeting on July 14, 2016. Notes on the SFPUC staff presentation and subsequent discussion are posted here.
Currently the 10-mile Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail extends from Skyline Quarry at Highway 92 to the north watershed boundary where it connects with the Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGRNA) trail system and Sweeney Ridge. Since its 2003 opening, access has been through a docent-led program, which offers guided hiking, running, cycling and equestrian events three days a week.
Environmental Review Begins
Environmental review is under way, and a public scoping meeting to receive oral comments on the scope of the Environmental Impact Report was held on January 18, 2017. For further information, go here, and click on the project titled "Southern Skyline Boulevard Ridge Trail Extension."