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.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
9 days ago

This was another one of those trails that had me fearing for the worst. But all and all, I didn’t find it to be that bad. It’s not even that steep compared to most trails in the Sierra. Admittedly, it IS rough in places. And beyond the halfway mark, it is rather overgrown. Particularly overgrown is the area between Green Canyon and the junction with the fire road to the summit. There is also a small section at Green Canyon where you lose the trail for a short distance. But you can easily see the continuation of the trail on the other side of the canyon. Simply shoot for the bottom of the canyon where the trail on the other side restarts, and catch it at that point. Others mentioned ticks. I actually didn’t find any ticks on either trip I had taken to the summit. But then again, both trips were midwinter ascents. I can only imagine how this area would be a tick paradise during the warmer months. Perhaps this trail is best avoided during that time. As for the hike itself, the views are nothing short of spectacular. They are easily the best in the area, and are far better (at least in my opinion) than, say, Fiske Peak. The start of the trail is more or less through a canyon. But even this area is nice. After a couple of miles, things start to REALLY open up. The views only get better as you start to climb up the ridge. As you follow near the ridgeline, you get excellent views of Lake Berryessa and the surrounding hills. And with the steep slopes and rocky palisades above the trail, the trail itself is quite dramatic. There are also good views of the lake past Green Canyon, as the trail climbs virtually at the edge of the top of the ridge. As you near the summit, you also start to get GREAT views of the Sacramento Valley and Sierra Nevada. On a clear day, you can even see Lassen Peak and Mount Shasta. Of course, closer at hand are other Coastal Mountain peaks such as Mount Saint Helena, Cobb Mountains, Mount Diablo, and Mount Tamalpais.

no shade
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Nice workout, but won't do it again. Just read the previous reviews - they all are spot on regarding bringing extra water, no shades, overgrown, amazing views, etc. Took exactly 4hrs. to reach the top and 3 hrs. to come down.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

Hiked Pinnacle Rock yesterday. Still a lot of logging going on in the area due to the Complex Fire last year. Their are felled trees across the road to keep you about a quarter mile from the Rock but you can walk around easily. Wouldn’t recommend going up there on a windy day cuz there’s still a lot of dead fall happening

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!

ohv/off road driving
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
4 months 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
blowdown
no shade
scramble
5 months ago

I'm still scouting this and did a report on theFriends of Nifty Ninety Facebook Group and on Peakbagger.com There is better documentation on this trail than in the writeup. I'm pasting in my Facebook reports which includes the Yolo hiking group info from http://tuleyome.org/trails/beryessapeak/ My report: Berryessa Peak trip report just to midpoint. I also put this in peakbagger.com: This is a beautiful hike, but demanding. It is well documented. http://tuleyome.org/trails/beryessapeak/ gives a good writeup. It has a link to a pdf with maps, and another link for a gps track but gps track doesn't load. Yolohiker also documents this trail and their gpx file works http://www.yolohiker.org/trails/knoxville/BPT/index.html . My comments here assume you have looked at that site already. I did a trial hike to the midpoint last Friday. I had the GPS track, but trail was clear enough now that grass has dried up, with a couple of exceptions. The trail was fine until that steep part for a 100 yards or so before the fence crossing. That section was tricky both going up and down. I was mostly off the track in the weeds to avoid slipping and extremely dependent on my poles. A few switch backs and/or steps would help. Above the fence where the trail is on the contour line of the street slope, the dried grass is extremely slippery like a snowfield so it is important to not step off the trail track. The are about 3 big oaks that have fallen across the trail in that section, forcing hikers to go off to the steep grassy slope. That was the only part where I thought I was taking a risk. When I got to the midpoint I looked around and thought "Camping? In what universe?" but struggled up the draw (footing totally obscured by grass) and did find a large flat area. Weather was nice till 10:30, ok till 11, then hot. I had an umbrella which helped a lot. I started at 9:30. Next time 7 or 7:30. One very important point is that this is a long ways from anywhere. Start with a full tank of gas. The closest station is Angwin if you forget.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
7 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
7 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
8 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
8 months ago

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

hiking
no shade
over grown
8 months ago

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