The hills above Solano County offer some of the most spectacular views and access to open space.
Hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo – known as the King-Swett Ranches – on Saturday, October 5th from 9am to 1pm with naturalist Jim Walsh. Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and he’ll give you a great workout! This is a special opportunity since the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
On a clear day you can see views from atop King Ranch that sweep across the Suisun Marsh all the way to the Sierra Nevada, with Mount Diablo rising to the south. From the western edge of Vallejo-Swett Ranch, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais, the San Francisco and San Pablo bays, and the Napa River and marshes.
The hike is free and no reservations are necessary. Donations are appreciated. All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle, passing free range cattle along the way. Fun!
Who: Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Walsh
What: Hike the Hills
When: Saturday, 10/5, 9am-1pm
Where: Meet at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Pkwy exit, off Interstate 80).