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

partially paved

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
18 days ago

Road, not a trail, though car traffic is minimal. Lower part is pretty and runs along a creek. Climb is a good workout and leads to a nice view of Lake Curry and Mt Diablo at the top.
Found some trails off the dirt road at the top of Mt. Vaca near the towers; headed down toward the lake, but didn’t go more than mile in. Next time I’ll park closer to the top and hike further around the summit.

2 months ago

Good uphill trail with progressive incline. There is no official parking lot or trail markers. You can park on the side of the road.
Trail length is 5.5 miles. View at the top is nice, although not the best.
The road is public with a few cars passing to watch out for on a few blind corners.

hiking
3 months ago

It was beautiful, challenging and totally worth it!! You must make it to the top, the view is unbelievable. It was 6.70 miles round trip and elevation increase of 1680ft. .

3 months ago

This is not a trail but a paved (public-ish) road that takes you up to the peak. There isn’t a sidewalk so you are walking on the road but there were hardly any cars when I walked it. I didn’t see a single other hiker on the way up or down. This was on an early Saturday morning.

Oh, and parking. There are some pullout spots that can accommodate a few cars near the marked beginning of the route. There is no actual parking lot that leads to any trail.

The view at the top is fairly decent, I would say if you’re looking to get a good workout hill climb, then you should check this one out. Takes about 1 hr to the top if you’re fairly fit, 45 mins back down for 1 hr 45 mins total.

hiking
8 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
8 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
9 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
10 months ago

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

11 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
11 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
Thursday, January 04, 2018

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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