Gates Canyon

HARD 18 reviews

Gates Canyon is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vacaville, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

This is a paved scenic trail that quickly increases in grade and difficulty as you approach the summit of Mount Vaca, the highest point in Solano County. Although Gates Canyon is often illegally posted with “No Trespassing” signs to prevent reaching Blue Ridge Road, public access is confirmed by the Solano County Surveyors Office. There are also Fire Department gates across Blue Ridge Road that are closed during periods of extreme fire danger, but should be open otherwise.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun evening stroll with some decent views. Definitely not a trail, but a road ranging from paved to dirt. Worth doing, but not spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s not a trail as much as it’s a road. There’s no trail head. The directions take you about a mile or 2 up the road the hike is on. There’s not a real designated parking lot or “trail head”. Nice close hike to get outside. The last mile-ish is pretty steep and once you’re out of the tree cover it’s warm. The lookout is pretty—they mowed out an area but there’s nowhere to sit and enjoy the view. I’d recommend bringing a blanket to sit on if you plan to have lunch at the vista. Very green and lush in the spring. There’s a stream that runs along the trail but can’t get to it since it’s mostly private property and it’s fenced at the road.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Hmmmm. I don’t think it’s a trail, more like a road. Don’t look for a trail head, it’s not there.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful walk to warm up and all hills to a nice view. We packed a lunch to refuel and headed back down.

5 months ago

Only crossed paths with two wayward vehicles during our two hour trek. Not what I'd expected but beautiful and quiet nonetheless.

hiking
6 months ago

You can drive all the way up during certain times of the year and/or just pull over to explore. The best views in the bay area from the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Good hike. All paved with a few gravel spots. Steep at the peak. Fantastic after work exercise. Gorgeous view at the top down the canyon towards Sacramento

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