Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You’ll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They’ll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.
Participants should bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.
Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: 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. The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.
COST: Free. Donations appreciated!
RSVP (requested, not required): Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or email@example.com.
MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly 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 Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). (Jim has a white “TruGreen” pickup truck). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there.
= Hike is scheduled for the 1st Saturday of most months =