The Muir Heritage Land Trust is naming a trail perched high atop Acalanes Ridge in honor of former Pet and Wildlife Columnist Gary Bogue for his tireless efforts on behalf of wild lands and wildlife. Bogue retired from his post at the Contra Costa Times and other Bay Area News Group newspapers on July 27th.
“This is a fitting tribute to a longtime open space supporter and conservationist,” said East Bay Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle. From the top of Gary Bogue Trail, you can see lands that Gary helped protect, and walk the trail to nearby open space and surrounding cities.
The Gary Bogue Trail is located on the highest promontory in Acalanes Ridge within the boundaries of the City of Lafayette and follows the scenic ridgeline to the City of Walnut Creek’s Acalanes Ridge Open Space. The view from the trail’s 781-foot peak is panoramic, encompassing much of the region served by Bogue’s popular column. The trail features views of 12 cities and some of the area’s most stunning landscapes—Mt. Diablo, Suisun Bay, the Carquinez Strait, Briones Regional Park, Las Trampas Regional Park, and the Oakland Hills. Those who climb the Gary Bogue Trail to the summit of this sky-reaching open space will find rewards beyond the effort.
Gary Bogue was instrumental in forever protecting the trail’s site: 23 acres of open space in Acalanes Ridge. His column’s campaign to raise funds for the project inspired his readers to make significant contributions. In addition to donations from Gary’s supporters, more than $1.175 million in EBRPD’s Measure WW funding were used to purchase the property.
The Gary Bogue Trail is linked to Acalanes Ridge Open Space, a 177-acre recreational area that connects to a large network of trails in Briones Regional Park. The trail was constructed by volunteers during one weekend in May, 2011 under the guidance of Volunteers for Outdoor California and the Muir Heritage Land Trust.
In recognition of the Acalanes Ridge acquisition project, the East Bay Regional Park District received the 2011 Contra Costa Council Inaugural Philanthropy Award for “Outstanding Collaborative Project” along with project partners: the Muir Heritage Land Trust, City of Lafayette and City of Walnut Creek. The innovative partnership, along with the generous support of the Walnut Creek Open Space Council and many individuals—including Gary Bogue readers—allowed this important natural area to be permanently protected as open space for public recreation, wildlife habitat and scenic enjoyment.
For more information about the Muir Heritage Land Trust, visit MuirHeritageLandTrust.org.