Explore the most popular trails in Putah Creek Wildlife Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

670 acres of gently sloping to steep hillsides of cottonwood riparian, blue oak woodland, and chamise chaparral natural communities. Just a few of the species supported by these habitats include California towhee, Bullock's oriole, and black-headed grosbeak. This area is just downstream of the Monticello dam, where Cold Creek enters Putah Creek, and includes Stebbins' Cold Canyon Reserve.

the trail wad closed due to erosion and not safe to use. blueridge and annies trail is open though

9 months ago

As of July 16, 2018, this trail is unfortunately closed until “the heat wave is over.” Not sure when that will be, but I do hope to visit this trail soon!

Well you will have no signal there if you have t-mobile lol know your way around. Beautiful beautiful place loved it

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The view is amazing and the wildflowers are starting to come out. It is a short hike but steep, worth the climb.

I bet this place is nice during cooler times but during the summer it is terrible just rocks, dead plants, and an empty "river" with one part full or gross water thats you have to cross to continue

awesome trail hike up hill with awesome views of mountains and wildflowers everywhere, the trail is not shaded anymore due to fire damage but the burnt wood adds an awesome effect. recommended for beginners and advanced hikers my 3 and 9 year olds were able to complete the 2 mile hike it was really fun

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Loved it..

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This is a beautiful area but it is closed untill May 2016.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Fun hike, not for the faint of heart. Very steep with 40 to 45 degree slopes the entire way, on loose gravel and sometimes, just slippery dirt. There's no water except for Putah Creek below, so refill before starting if water is an issue for you.
Beware the poison oak and if uncertain, avoid anything that looks like it.
Going up is easy, as it's just a strenuous climb and I put my trekking poles to good use. It is slippery.
Going down is an adventure - be prepared to fall onto your side or butt, no matter how careful you are. Sometimes, there won't be a sure way to go down and you just take what you think is the safest step and fall. I had to take hands out of the loops for my trekking poles, so that I could fall and brace myself correctly, without breaking the poles or my wrists.
In summary, be careful if you're doing this hike.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

There is nothing pleasant about this steep, unshaded trail covered in loose gravel. Don't bother unless you have a strong inclination toward masochism.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I love this hike, along with all Stebbins Cold Creek Canyon paths... best hiking opportunity near Davis.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

All in all, we were pretty disappointed with this trail. There are 2 trails that go to the same spot, and this one is the one that allows dogs. In looking at the other trail, it was a nice, wide path, IN THE SHADE, whereas this path looks like it's been partially destroyed by rockslides, and not well maintained. There aren't any markers for the trail, so we wound up following it straight along Putah Creek, which was completely dried up, until it dead ended nearly a mile from the main road. When we turned around to head back to the car, we saw the switchback that takes you up the hill to the overlooks. This switchback is right when you clear the bushes/trees near the parking lot, and resembles more of a beaten down access road than a trail. We ventured up this switchback a little, but by that time, we were hot from the trail being all in the sun, the dogs were already tired, and so were we. We saw where others probably took pictures of the dam, but there were a couple dead trees blocking our view. We looked at the map that's posted a few feet down the "no dog trail" on our way out, and were pretty annoyed that the "dog trail" loops around to the "no dog trail," but then, if we had gone the full way, we would've had to just turn around and go back the way we had come … probably won't be doing this one again …

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Great views, but not for the faint of heart. It's a short hike with a very steep climb the entire way.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

An up and back, not for inexperienced hikers. This trail is very steep at approximately 35-45 degrees and goes straight up the saddle with few switchbacks. Footing is loose in many places. Short at about 3 miles round trip but a GREAT cardio/leg workout! Nice views of Montecello Dam and Lake Berryessa as well as the canyon and Putah Creek below.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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