Hike Date: November 24, 2012
Distance: ~ 4 miles
Trail(s): Tower Trail, Middle Valley Trail, Kestral Trail, Prairie Ridge Trail, Saddle Trail, North Ridge Trail
Where’s it at? Vallejo just east of Hwy 80 at American Canyon


I parked in the Park and Ride just off Highway 80, and perhaps you should too if you want to be sure you’re parking legally. There are a few spots closer to the trailhead that appear legal but I couldn’t be sure and wanted to play it safe. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) if you park in the Park and Ride you will have to walk about a half mile uphill to get to the trailhead, which was on the right side of the road and has a sign post as well as a bench. There is no water nor bathroom facilities on the trail so be prepared.

The trail starts out running parallel to the road among a bunch of smaller olive trees but quickly turns right into the hills. It starts out with a number of rolling hills where you will walk up and then down a couple before getting to the obvious main ridge. The trail is fairly narrow but easy to follow. There is one main steep hill that will get your heart beating before you begin levelling out and taking in some pretty great views of Mt. Diablo and the northeast part of the San Francisco Bay.

It looked like maybe there had been some mining done at some point toward the top, but definitely abandoned. I would recommend taking this hike in one of the cooler seasons as it probably gets pretty hot in the mid summer.

One of the highlights, aside from the views and the rolling green grass this time of year, were all the Artichoke thistles on the south-facing side of the main ridge. I’d never seen so many of them together in one spot, and they were all in full bloom in late November. I saw a fair amount of birds (mostly turkey vultures) but not much other wildlife…except flies. One one of the approach ridges there were a TON of flies all over the place which seemed odd for this time of year.

There really isn’t any grand destination here other than to the various viewpoints to see Mt. Diablo and the bay, but it is a nice loop trail that will get you some exercise if that’s what you’re after. At the top you can optionally go to the very summit of the hill where there’s a radio tower (or some kind of tower) and a pretty good panoramic view. All in all I wouldn’t really call this a destination hike, but if you live anywhere near here and like to explore the surrounding hills, this one is definitely worth a visit.

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