Hike Date: November 23, 2013
Distance: ~ 4 miles
Trail(s): Bay Area Ridge Trail, Lower Tilley Trail, Upper Tilley Trail, Quarry Trail, Cave Trail
Where’s it at? Fairfield, CA a little north of Hwy 80


One of my first hikes in Solano County and probably the best one they have to offer from what I’ve read. Took a trip to Fairfield for a hike through Rockville Hills Regional Park. I’d been here a LONG time ago with my friend Andy for a mountain biking adventure. It’s a really great place for mountain biking with a good mix of easy to very challenging trails. I’d almost forgotten about it and will need to come back with my bike. This trip we went hiking though. In retrospect I probably should’ve saved this one for winter or spring as it has lakes and ponds and a lot of grassland that is surely more scenic when the grass is, well, alive, and when the bodies of water are full. The pond was a mud bog on this visit but we’ve had an excessively dry year. Nonetheless it doesn’t disappoint with some good views offered and a great mix of chaparral and oak woodlands to adventure in. There are also a lot of rock formations and boulders scattered about with moss and lichens galore. In the northernmost sections of the park there are some rocks to climb and even a pretty large cave. Brought back some memories as I remember having lunch here after a long, hard ride back in the day.

There aren’t too many major hills here but you do get a little bit of elevation change, my app said it was about 600 feet from lot to the highest point on my hike. In some areas the trails are a little sketchy so I strongly recommend bringing good shoes unless you’re going to stay up around the lake where the trails are a mix of fire roads and good single track.

All in all this was a surprisingly good area to hike around in. It isn’t that big of a park but there are so many trails, many of them un-named (in fact one is named “Unknown” by signage…?), that you can really get a decent amount of distance in if you want to explore the whole park. I’d estimate 10-12 miles if you did all of them. We only hiked about 4.5 miles on this trip though.

This park is worth a drive out to visit, whether you’re mountain biking or hiking. You won’t be disappointed.

Photos from Rockville Hills Regional Park (click to enlarge)

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