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.

20 days 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
30 days ago

Hard to find the beginning of the trail. Lots of thistles. Great views. Would not do it again as very steep at parts and easy to fall.

hiking
1 month 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. .

1 month 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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Good place to ride. Conditions are best when dry, when wet turns to sticky clay. Fun single track with technical sections mixed in. Expect to climb though, your either going up or down when riding the single track. Nice loop around the pond for families.

hiking
2 months ago

Great light trafficked spot but lots of stickers so try and wear long pants! Def a workout but the views are worth it and Drake’s Point is a cool surprise with lots of rocks to climb on and see from.

walking
2 months ago

Nice, easy stroll. Watch out for disk golfers, they don't always call "fore".
Take extra time at the grove at the bottom of the hill, by the freeway to take in the cool shade.
Keen eyes around the lagoon will spot turtles, frogs, toads, beaver and otter in addition to waterfowl and raptors.

Gets busy on weekends. Kiosk is currently closed so parking is free until the city gets new permit machines.

trail running
3 months ago

I love running this trail with my chocolate lab. There’s definitely some challenging climbs and some great single-track, technical running throughout. It’s obviously not the most challenging run, but in my opinion it’s the best in the Solano County area. It’s usually between a 6.5-7.0 mile course for me. I’ve been running and hiking these trails and hills for the past 20 years, and I’ve never ran into problems from the cows with either myself or my dogs. If you’re looking for a great local area to get in some exercise, this is the trail to do it at.

3 months ago

Nice casual hike with pretty views

hiking
4 months ago

Hiking is a loose term, very loose. Its a stroll...If you have little kids part of this trail is ok, but most of it is actually on the road so be careful. I would say little kids under 5 might enjoy a 10 minute portion of it when the sun isn't hot. I wouldn't drive more than 15 minutes for it. I was positive enough about it until I discovered most of the walk was going to be on the road. We had to dodge cars a lot. I would skip it and I definitely wouldn't pay a fee for it.

Awesome trails!

hiking
6 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
6 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
6 months 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
7 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.

on Gates Canyon

hiking
8 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.

8 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
8 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
9 months ago

beautiful trail through the browns valley hills

hiking
9 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!

10 months ago

Driving directions were perfect

hiking
10 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

10 months ago

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
10 months ago

Pretty cool hidden gem! Nice workout doing both hills.

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