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It was good weather . A lot of day hikers. The trail is tough on the way in but once you get to the river it’s great . This was free backpacking and very enjoyable. We just went this weekend in spring 04/18 . It’s a steep incline on the way in but once you get to the flats it’s good .

hiking
2 days ago

A nice short trail to make a day hike out of. Too hot and thorny for me during Summer.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail. Need to start very early because the views are against the sunlight when you get to the top, making the lake ordinary as supposed on the west side of the lake, the lake views are exceptional, like in heaven. Because of this, I gave 4 Star. The non-lake views are great though.

Actual hiking time 8 hrs 20 Min. But it took us 9 hrs and 15 mins to finish the whole trail because of extra time to enjoy the view, wild flower and to take short breaks for food and drink.

On one part of the trail, a lot of California Poppy and some other wild flower are blooming ( mid April).

Definitely need to download the map before you go because you would get lost, like other reviewer said, in rocky area where the trail is not obvious. Easy to get back in Trail with navigation in the app.

Trekking poles are recommended because 2-3 area is very steep, and some area is sandy slippery and you are on the edge of the slop. Most area are slow ascent and decent making the trail easier to climb.

Having seen review with ticks, I used bug spray on shoes and lower legs, and had no problem at all.

Bring at least 3 L water and add electrolytes powder. (Costco sales it). Even at low 70 degree F temperature, I drank more than 3 L. Half of the trail has no tree, no shade. Not recommended in hot day.

The trail is very quiet. We did not see any another people. Thanks to the other review, we looked for and parked at the sign of 20 mile mark. Maximum 4 cars could park there. We felt a bit uneasy and unsafe leaving our car there. But no problem with our car when we came down at Sunset time.

backpacking
22 days ago

Solid steep incline to start, great views along the ridge. Camped just on the other side of the creek, a few other groups of campers were around too.

hiking
30 days ago

Challenging yet worth every bit of it. Trail is not too overgrown. still in good shape, only few parts of it are slightly water-damaged. Overall all great hike, a true workout. Make sure to bring at least 3L water with you on a hot day :)

hiking
2 months ago

The point of doing this 12.9 kilometer is to reach the Zim Zim water fall in Napa. The trail is fine, i crossed the creek 11-12 times as i hiked. the scenery wasnt that impressive i saw pipes many times and to me this ruins the beauty of nature.

The trail branches as you get closer to the waterfall. If you go left, prepare yourself for serious bushwhacking. I got pulled, pushed, scratched, poked, poked in the eye, i scrambled, i climbed, i screamed to no use.

i couldnt find the trail to the waterfall, the bushes,the rising water, and the wobbly rocks stubbornly blocked access to the waterfall.

Fearing that darkness will soon descend and i would be stuck on a boulder with no way back or forwarded, i declared defeat and retreated.

I took the second path leading up the waterfall and managed to see it from above.

Not the same experience but i will be back with some backup.

The drive to the waterfall was not easy, snaking road that can get you dizzy. Closer to the beginning of the trail, the road got really bumpy. Many holes so watch out.

Also if the water level of the creek gets high, it floods the road. Not this year though, very minimal flooding, the road is passable

Sufficiently challenging. Beautiful views. Minimal traffic. Be mindful of the changing weather as it can get quite cool with a brisk wind and a cloudy sky. Should rain begin to fall, I imagine portions of the trail would be treacherous. Keep a good pace and jog the flat stretches, it’s a little over an hour to the peak.

Nice trail that will provide a good workout due to its incline. Some washed out and rocky areas that you have to climb around but the top is beautiful. Lightly trafficked which is good because the trail is pretty narrow in some areas and make sure to bring water. My son did come home with a huge tick that we didn’t discover until a few days later so make sure to check after the hike. Also, I would rate this closer to a moderate-difficult hike because of the quick incline. Some other trails on here marked as moderate are much easier than this one so if you’re looking for an easy moderate hike, this isn’t it.

This trail is remote! The first part of the trail I would classify as easy. Towards the waterfall, I would classify as moderate. We met two guys hunting coyotes about 1.25 miles in. They were very nice. Lots of birds. We flushed out a whole bunch of what we call grouse on the east coast.

hiking
2 months ago

Luved this hike even though i managed to do half of it due to time constraints, challenging but the views are amazing. I will definitely do the entire hike next time.

hiking
2 months ago

spring is the ultimate time to traverse this trail. Not only will the hills be dressed in wildflowers but the cattle will be roaming and the mighty oak will have it's leaves again. I scheduled this hike because of the 1000 ft elevation gain but found that it wasn't a difficult trail in the least. NOT HARD. What makes this difficult is the creek crossing and full exposure NOT the. elevation gain.

The strenuous hike pays off at the summit, the views are beautiful! the trail is a bit muddy in sections and there is some scrambling and a few switchbacks.

Really fun trail with spectacular views! At the Fiske Peak summit, we were able to spot Mt Shasta, Mt. Lassen and the Sierras in the distance. The trail is pretty narrow from time to time and required a little bit of scrambling, which I personally found great, as it makes for a little challenge and ignites a feeling of adventure. 2300ft is no joke, be prepared for sore legs the following day. Bring plenty of water.

Beautiful easy hike. We had t-shirt weather in January. I would stay off this trail in the morning during spring and summer due to the amount of wild grasses overhanging the trail (tick paradise). 25 yr old, 32 yr old and 58 yr young hiked this trail in an easy 2 hrs.

Hiked this trail in the Spring. The previous Winter had been quite rainy, leaving the understory lush and green. One could hear the roar of Cache Creek in flood from the abundant rains about a mile in from the trail head. Exhilarating views. Will return.

The trail was closed

Today I went up to check out the hike...fully prepared. My dog in tow. we had water, snacks. Started out at 945 a.m. and it quickly became hot. we walked near the water and the rocky terrain for an hour and called it quits. great scenery and nature atmosphere. Loved it.

Great hike! I took 4 boys between 9 years old and 15 years old. Probably a little too much for the 12 and under kids depending on fitness level but we did all complete the hike after SEVERAL short breaks. The views from the peak are amazing and include the entire valley, Sutter Buttes, and the Sierra Nevada's. Take LOTS of water especially during the late spring and summer months! We completed the hike in about 3.5 hrs.

The bridge crossing Cache Creek is open. The trail is clear, narrow in some places, with some poison oak at ankle level. Made it to the peak just in time for it to hail on us! Beautiful views at the top and a log book with lots of signatures.

hiking
10 months ago

Man oh man was I unprepared for this hike! This is a strenuous hike, up and down with little to no coverage. Very little water sources so I would decide against a life straw and bring all of your water, though to bring for back up is always good. There are multiple long description of this hike that are great and really accurate so I will just say a few things I think they were missing.

If doing this hike again I could stop at the first main view which was about 11-12 miles in. It's a gorgeous view of the entire valley right after you descend up a lot of rocks. Trust me when I say you will know it when you see it. You are supposed to keep going and the end is actually when you reach the top of the two metal towers. The reason I would stop at the first view is the trail gets ugly from there and honestly kind of ruined the beauty of everything for me. The trail dumps you onto a gravel road which you follow for about 2 miles until you reach the top of the mountain, again where the metal towers are. After looking at pictures from both vantage points, there is no difference in views the hike is a lot more enjoyable if you don't witness the electric boxes, metal towers and civilization crap.

Also, we had two dogs with us. If your dog is not a seasoned trail dog PLEASE for the love of all humanity, do NOT do the entire trail or do not take your dog. Our dogs were both limpy, covered in ticks and were completely and utterly pushed passed their limit, but there was not much we could do. Literally had to carry a 60 lb dog for 2 miles downhill just to give her a break. The 2 creeks definitely gave her life once we reached them, but they are far from the "peak". The ticks I had to deal with for up to 2 weeks later, they are gross and disgusting. We did not find any on them until the sun started to go down so I would suggest to get there early and leave early. With how many complications we had on trail though it was impossible for us the finish the trail before sundown which is why we got caught in peak tick-time.

Still giving it a 4 star review though because it was a great hike, definitely overgrown, fantastic views, secluded and great challenge!

Nice hike with decent incline at the end and pretty views but it is not worth the amount of ticks! I found 8 ticks on myself and almost 30 on my dog.

trail running
10 months ago

This trail is really overgrown!! But still doable totally. I ran in my shorts and the whole time i was thinking of ticks! I run with my dog so i kept on checking on him but didn't really start getting them until the way down.

The fist 3 miles are somewhat easy but then comes the really steep part! After mile three is steep and high!! Around mile 5 there is a 1/4 mile of downhills until you connect with the fire road. From there is steep all the way to the end of this map but you can probably keep on going if you wanted to.

On way down having really good traction shoes is the key!! You're still gonna fall a couple times if you are trail running. There is a good climb on way back but after that steep climb is all downhill till you get back to the car.

I would totally do this trail again! Check yourself of ticks!! On way down, about 2 miles from car by the small creeks there was sooo many ticks!! Be ware they were crawling all over my shoes like ants! Caught a couple trying to crawl up my legs and flicked them off.

Ware shoe gators for the tall grasses. 14.87 miles @ 3 hrs 19 minutes 22 seconds

Enjoy!!!

This was a beautiful hike and the waterfall was amazing but I'm going to give a few warnings… Do not bring a dog, my dog came home with 20+ ticks - add to the fact that it's not great for humans either as I came home with 1 and the person with me came home with 4, then there is the shade issue… As there is not any, so if you're going to take this hike take as much water as you can carry, and last there's the peril of the end stretch to the Falls… It is very steep and very slippery because of the dead wheatgrass so take it very slow and make sure you have some good traction on your shoes!

hiking
11 months ago

This trail was beautiful! I definitely recommend going on a cool day because it really gets hot and there is a lot of sun exposure. It was in the 60s when we went and was perfect.

The actual trail is now really over grown. The first few miles you are basically walking through the tall grass and in other parts of the trail you are fighting through trees and branches. The trailhead is also hard to spot from the road so you really have to look for it but there is a sign off the road that says Berryessa Peak Trail.

It is a tough one - you go up a steep slope, back down, then up again to the peak. The uphills are steep but at least it levels out in between and is not just uphill the entire time.

It is very secluded - I did not see another person there the entire time. It would probably be best not to go alone on this one.

Overall I recommend because it's beautiful and really challenging!

Trail is okay, seemed a lot longer than 3mi and there's a couple of muddy spots along the trail that are unavoidable

hiking
11 months ago

Lovely hike with beautiful wild flowers and a gorgeous waterfall at the end.

Some tips that I want to emphasize:

- Driving northbound on Knoxville rd, you drive through 3 streams that may be impassible during high water. The first 2 I passed, the crossings were dry, but there was water flowing across the 3rd stream (low enough to drive through on a small coupe)

- Lots of stream crossings on the actual hike itself so be prepared for wet feet, whether you are wearing waterproof boots or not. Met a lady there that crossed all the streams barefoot.

- When you get to the pink/red rock I HIGHLY recommend taking the trail on the right. There will be another fork in the trail, if you take the left turn it will take you to the waterfall which is absolutely beautiful. Taking the main trail (or right turn) will take you to an overview/outlook of the waterfall and you can choose to do a longer hike/loop.

IF you decide to take the straight/left trail at the pink rock, be prepared to do some bushwacking as there is no trail. We tried to take that trail, but it leads to nothing and is pretty sketchy. Enter at your own risk.

- Be wary of ticks on this trail. I found a tick on myself and another in my car after getting home.

on High Bridge Trail

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

We tried to do the hike today, but the bridge is underwater so we weren't able to access the trail. Hopefully once the creek level goes down i can do it again because its a great hike (did it a couple years ago). The views are definitely worth the work getting there. A great workout!!

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

This trail was lovely this time of year. The flowers are just starting to bloom, the grass is lush and the river is full. The trail was easy to get to and easy to follow until the end. I don't know if we missed something or the weather wiped it out but the last leg of the trail didn't seem do-able for amateur hikers, it was very steep, close to the edge and just very muddy. I've done much more difficult trails before but this didn't seem like a proper trail. So in the end we didn't get quite close enough to the falls. Like I said, the trail might have been damaged or it could have been we missed a turn off somewhere. Over all though we had a really lovely morning and enjoyed ourselves soggy feet and all.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This trail was awesome! right when you start make sure you go to the road on the left. The first time we went right and then tried to find our way back to the main trail when we realized we went the wrong way. not a good start. went again last weekend and made it all the way. not going to lie it kicked our ass but it was beautiful. I wouldn't recommend it if it's above 85 degrees. easy to dehydrate. all in all I recommend this trail.

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