Explore the most popular trails in Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Started at the winery and ran 5 out and back. Definitely not recommended for runners! Highly trafficked. Very fine powdery moon dust. And the drivers aren’t real runner savvy or they’re just in a hurry. But at least they were mostly only traveling at Mach 12 so the dust didn’t kill me. Just choked me out for 1/4 mile or so! Hah!

off road driving
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
1 month ago

Took My 2019 Tacoma Off Road w 6” lift and had fun in the rivers and getting stuck in the mud Definitely recommend this area for beginners but be ware !

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

This is one of the more demanding hikes I've done. Great views and very quiet (I didn't see a single person the whole time). But it will test you physically. I would say that the other reviews are pretty spot on so I will avoid repeating was has been said. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjx9O7R9M-Y

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

First off I would do this trail again and recommend it. However, it was rough. Take my word for it. You will want pants. Don’t even bother showing up in shorts. Bring all the water your Camelbak can hold, and then bring more. Wear your best hiking boots. Your Nike’s won’t cut it. Start early in the morning and be prepared for 3-4 hour hike up and 2-3 hour hike back. There is good service on most of the trail but don’t rely on any one map. I found myself off trail a few times. The trail is there but not heavily traveled. Bring snacks.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Definitely have more water than you need cause you’ll go through almost all of it! The trail was pretty overgrown so wearing pants & boots is a must. Bring a flashlight just in case and I wouldn’t take my pup out on this hike, the trail gets pretty narrow and steep. Took this hike on 12 May 2019...

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty overgrown in some areas for hiking. Good views throughout the trail. Plenty of wildlife, especially birds

hiking
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

Are there any hot springs now at Bartlett Springs??

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Long trail with beautiful views especially once at the top. Did this trail 4-12-19 it had sunny clear skies. Besides the two people coming down the trail @1.6 miles in, I was the only one on the trail for hours. Once at the top I could see Mt Shasta, the Sierras and the Sacramento Valley. There is no shade and tall grass so bring lots of water and watch out for ticks and snakes. A few spots of the trail are washed out and the trail can be hard to keep track of but easy to pick up again. Just be calm and you'll have no problems.

trail is CLOSED to 4x4!!!! DONT GO THERE!!!

off road driving
muddy
rocky
snow
washed out
6 months ago

Very beat-up this time of year with washed out ruts and deep snow. We made it in a new stock Subaru Forester with issues at the Eastern end of the trail. We started west off clear lake coast and headed up, lots of snow and ruts, very manageable. Valley is beautiful, clear River and Creeks. Eastern end was badly washed out deep mud/water. I advise AWD or 4x4 and higher than stock clearance(at least this time of year) or at least a metal skid plate protecting your undercarriage from exposed rock. No significant challenges, takes approx. 2-2.5 hours.

hiking
7 months ago

Hi

hiking
9 months ago

Went here on 12/15/18. A wildfire, specifically County Fire burned this area earlier in July this year. I visited here in February and differences were astonishing. Charred shrubs and trees were everywhere. It was sad site to see. The damages were more obvious once you pass the fence. The steps to go over the fence was gone. When the ground is wet, the trail gets extremely slippery - I slid backward near the fence for about 3-4 ft, couldn't stop until I put down my knees and hands on the ground. My pants and shoes were caked with mud. There were 4 downed trees blocking the trail on the hillside between the fence and the canyon. The first two were the most difficult to go around. There were some areas avoided the fire damage after the canyon. Around the summit, you see more fire damage. The surrounding sites from the fire road were black. The view of the lake was still very beautiful and worth getting up there but I would not go back again any time soon. I was very wary going through the hillside trail - the narrow trail looked even sketchier without any vegetation to hold the ground. I am wondering if the trail survive the winter.

off road driving
10 months ago

Made it no problem in a pickup, I'm sure anything stock will do just fine, be advised the trail is "closed" until December 1st because of hazardous trees. Nice scenery, nice day trip.

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