Celebrate Bay Day throughout October

Celebrate Bay Day throughout October. Photo courtesy of Save the Bay.

Bay Day is an official holiday that was started by Save The Bay in 2016 and unites Bay Area communities to celebrate our unique region, its people and wildlife. Now in its 6th year, Bay Day has become a month-long trail challenge and is presented by IBM Bay Area and Facebook, in partnership with San Francisco Bay Trail and AllTrails.

Editor's Note: Please wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least six feet while riding the trains or at an in-person event. Before you travel on BART, use our Trip Planner to get estimated arrival and departure times. Learn what to expect when you return to BART here.

Save the Bay_BBridge_Laura Macky FBExplore new parts of the Bay during October. Photo courtesy of Save the Bay.

Bay Day Trail Challenge

From October 1-31, take the Bay Day Trail Challenge and connect, discover, and explore San Francisco Bay. There’s an experience for everyone with two ways to participate in the challenge: explore 25 miles of trails or complete 5 activities of your choice that connect you to the Bay. New this year, you can form a team with friends, family, or colleagues to compete and challenge one another.

Everyone who completes the  Bay Day Trail Challenge will be entered to win a $300 grand prize gift certificate from our friends at REI and a one-year membership to AllTrails Pro. Ten runners up will receive one-year AllTrails Pro memberships and AllTrails swag to help guide their next trail adventure.

Share your Bay Day Trail Challenge adventure on social media and tag @saveSFbay #SFBayDay #BayDayTrailChallenge for a chance to win a $50 REI gift certificate every week of October. Register for the Bay Day Trail Challenge and learn more about how to participate by visiting BayDay.org.

Not familiar with the Bay Trail? We highlight some of our favorite sections in the features below.

Welcome to Bay DayThe Golden Gate Bridge. Photo courtesy of Save the Bay.

Bay Trail, Alameda

A project conceived in 1986 by State Senator Bill Lockyer, the Bay Trail is a vision for a connected set of pathways and roads ringing the Bay, providing access to shorelines and waterside parks for walkers and cyclists. Over 350 miles have been created so far, and most of it is BARTable by bike. One of the more accessible segments is along the shoreline of Alameda. Take BART to Fruitvale to start the ride.

San LeandroThe San Leandro Marina. Photo courtesy of BARTable staff.

San Leandro Marina

The whole family can enjoy this easy out-and-back bike trip to San Leandro's Marina Park. From there, if your legs are feeling good, head south through the mudflats and salt marshes all the way to the San Mateo Bridge in Hayward. Ride BART to San Leandro to begin the ride.

BerryessaThe Berryessa Ridge Trail. Photo courtesy of BARTable staff.

Berryessa Ridge Trail

The newest section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail links San José with local parks, creeks, wilderness and the Bay. From the Berryessa/North San José BART Station, you’ll be able to hike or ride a bike to the Penitencia Creek County Park and Gardens, Silicon Valley Wildlife Center, Alum Rock Park and historic Mineral Hot Springs, and sweeping views of Sierra Vista Point. Take BART to Berryessa/North San José to begin your adventure.

Bay Trail & Snoopy by the BayIf you're lucky, you'll spot Snoopy along the Bay Trail in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Tom Holub.

Bay Trail, Berkeley to Richmond

A project partnership between the Bay Trail and East Bay Regional Park District has now closed an important gap in the Bay Trail with a pathway around Golden Gate Fields. You can now ride all the way from Emeryville to Richmond along the beautiful bayfront, mostly on dedicated pathways with little cross-traffic. Ride BART to Ashby to start the ride.

Richmond BridgeThe bike lane on the Richmond Bridge. Photo courtesy of Tom Holub.

Richmond Bridge and the Iron Triangle

After 20 years of work by advocates, in 2019 Caltrans opened a lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge for bikes and pedestrians; more than 1,000 people crossed the span at the huge opening party. Cyclists now have a 24/7 route to get to Marin County from Contra Costa and the rest of the East Bay. Take BART to Richmond to begin the ride.

#RecreateResponsibly

BART and Save The Bay urge everyone to #RecreateResponsibly. Before you head out on your Bay Trail Challenge, grab your mask, water, snacks, and maintain respectful distances while out exploring the trails. Don’t forget to tag us on your adventure with @SFBARTable #SFBARTable #SFBayDay #BayTrailChallenge @savesfbay.