The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission announced last week it has approved a project to construct an additional six miles of public trail through its watershed, filling a gap of the planned 550-mile

Bay Area Ridge Trail and adding to a continuous 16.5-mile path through SFPUC land.

The new trail, set to be completed in 2023, will parallel Highway 35 and connect the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Phleger Estate with the existing Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. It would plug a hole in a trail planned to eventually circumnavigate the Bay Area. While the 10-mile Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail, which also runs through SFPUC’s Peninsula Watershed, is open only to docent-led hikes, the new trail will be open to the unsupervised public with an annual permit.

Also included in the project is a parking lot, two restrooms and a half-mile loop that will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act to support school and other educational programs. Construction of the trail is set to start next year.

— Sarah Wright

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