Explore the most popular birding trails near Vacaville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days 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
18 days 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
28 days ago

Dogs off leash on every visit to this park. My horse and i were attacked by a Pitbull off leash, and many friends with horses have also been attacked, as have their own dogs. The dog park fence is too low, dogs jump out and attack. If this wasn't bad enough.... the water in the lake is toxic, full of bacterial. Just a puncture wound inn this water can have deadly consequence, and has. The frisbee golf course is a terrifying thing, but the model planes, drones, and parasailers with fans strapped to their backs takes the prize as for what unglues the best of horses. Oh, and don't ride on the bridges, they're old, narrow, and unkempt.

Took my dog for a hike here a few times now. It’s great but the only thing that sucks is that the entrance from Eleanor Nelson Park has sketchy loiterers. I’ve had one of these loiterers come too close to me to try to chat me up as I was hiking. I also always find a couple homeless men that sit on the benches at the start of the pathway and they smoke and drink alcohol. I had to keep looking behind me to make sure I wasn’t being followed. This is a lightly-trafficked path so honestly I would bring a knife or mace just in case. You can never be too safe.

horseback riding
1 month 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.

on Gates Canyon

hiking
2 months ago

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

Did this hike 3 days ago my walking app put it at 7.34 miles and took me 2:28. I really enjoyed especially that last couple miles. Trail gets a little narrow coming back down but nothing too bad just be careful it can be a long way down if you fall. Lots of cow land mines but didn’t bother me too much. Lots of cows too, walked right by many and they never gave me a second thought.

I was trampled by a cow. DANGEROUS TRAIL. While there are plenty of warning signs about mountain lions (which are scarce and usually afraid of humans) there are no signs indicating the large population of cows concentrated on the trail. The trail is "dogs on leash" friendly, however having your dog on the trail is EXTREMELY dangerous around cattle. Part of the trail is essentially a cow path through pasture that the cows were actively using and there were calves. I could not see a calf behind a rock and a cow charged me and my dog, but luckily only my legs injured. The trail is beautiful and I recommend using extreme caution and leaving your dog at home. The park should add more signage and warnings as well.

Good go to trail when you don’t have the time and want to stay close to the house. One of my regular trails.

3 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
3 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.

Awesome

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trail through the browns valley hills

hiking
4 months ago

Short and sweet. The cows along the way compliment the beautiful hike. The view from the top is amazing especially in a clear sunny day :)

Enjoyed a nice stroll around the lake!

4 months ago

Driving directions were perfect

hiking
4 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

Wonderful 2.5 mile walking trail around the lake. Beautiful at sunset and lots of geese & duck to watch. Well kept, clean Trail. Looks like there’s a great frisbee disc course, saw a few groups playing. Only negative thing I’d say is that sound of people flying their drones. They’re not too loud but just annoying. Loved this park!

trail running
4 months ago

Pretty cool hidden gem! Nice workout doing both hills.

on Lagoon Valley Loop

hiking
5 months ago

Well, it's better than no trail. But this trail is very close to a busy highway and the only way to escape the constant loud sound of cars is to wear ear plugs or listen to music. So i definitely don't consider this a relaxing, mind clearing hike. There are some nice things like the little redwood grove. But it's tiny. There's a lake which is cool. But again, the sound of the highway is ridiculous. I honestly feel that if it wasn't for the d*** highway right next to the entire trail it could be a lot nicer. But that's not the reality.
Also if you want to walk along the lake be ready to dodge tons and tons of goose poo. Cool to see gooses. But man do they poo all over the place!

Love this park. Go on a weekly basis. Trails everywhere. Easy to access and find your way around. Parking fee $3 but totally worth it.

Dogs off leash, frisbee golf, RC planes, paragliders... bring your horse early or on weekdays! We have a lot of dog attacks in the park and dog owners flat out refusing to leash their dog.

I keep my horse here and was attacked by a Pit Bull that jumped out of the dog park. Everyone who uses this park should BEWARE, that fence is not high enough to keep dogs in, or out of, that park. There are people that run pit bulls off leash at sunrise and sunset. I've received emails and testimonies from witnesses to all sorts of dog attacks on horses and other dogs in Lagoon Valley.

Horseback riders, beware, the bridge over the lake dam is not maintained, and in poor shape. It's also very narrow. Don't let horses, people or pets in the bacteria infested water. This is sadly common in small lakes.

Few riders from the near by barn venture here. :'( Avoid the drug needle littered trail that goes through the upper parking lot. Sounds great doesn't it?

hiking
8 months ago

memories from 10 yrs ago...

9 months ago

Went with my son's Cub Scout pack. It was lovely and we had fun, but I wouldn't recommend it for younger kids or strollers; it's mostly hills.

This is a playground, far from hiking trail

First time... off path for a bit... but devils backbone was gorgeous!!!! So was my date!

hiking
11 months ago

Really open hikes with lots of high views. Its pretty if you like green/yellow grass hills. I enjoyed it at 70F degree temperatures but if it was hotter, i would not come here. Definitely come when its cool and cloudy as there is no shade in general.

Notes:
Parking = 3$
Lots of directions
Mild amounts of people
Lots of fire roads
Mountain bikers
Mountain lions

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This is the mountain trails where you can expect to find the swing. It hidden though. I got lost on the trail and at one point following the alltrails maps, it lead us to a path where it dangerous to cross. The dangerous area for me have a width about 12 inches with some less than that and it on the edge of the hill. Good thing this is a loop where you can always turn around.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The swing is on the hill. Don't expect to find it in this ground level trail.

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