Green Valley Falls – May 7, 2011

Posted on 6 June 2011 | 1 response

There are cherished treasures all around us. Solano County has the unique and unexpected Green Valley Falls. Tucked in the most unexpected place, this stunning hike is a comfortable and beautiful hike to two magnificent and historic falls. The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council have worked diligently to preserve and provide docent lead hikes to this protected area. There are a limited number of hikes reserved throughout the hiking season and are restricted to only 29 people per hike.

Doris Kline, one of the founders of the Solano Committee for the Bay Area Ridge Council has over thirty years as the lead docent for this hike. She brings a unique and intimate experience of the natural wonders of this trail. The next scheduled hike to the Falls is June 25th. Reservations can be made at the Ridge Trail Council website at

The Solano Hiking Club had a fabulous experience and everyone expressed their delight and desire to return again. Thank you Ridge Council for the opportunity to see this natural wonder.

First Hike of the Year – Lake Berryessa

Posted on 15 March 2011 | No responses

A Natural History of the Lake Berryessa Shoreline
Date/Time: Saturday, March 26, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: Smittle Creek Day Use Area, Parking Lot

Explore the natural history of the Lake Berryessa area with Ranger Mike, and learn about native plants and animal life along the way. Appreciate these natural wonders as if looking at the area for the first time during this enjoyable walk along the Smittle Creek Trail. This outing is perfect for those wanting to get acquainted with the lakeshore environment and its vast beauty. Visitors will meet at the south end of the Smittle Creek parking lot, next to the trailhead. This is an easy 1.5-mile round-trip hike (3/4 mile each way) with a slight elevation change. Attendees may choose to hike the entire 2.6-mile trail (5.2 miles round trip) after the program.

For more information – visit the Lake Berryessa website at

Lake Solano – Beetle Point Trail

Posted on 27 February 2011 | No responses

Across from the Lake Solano Nature Center, and above the overflow parking lot, is the trail head for the Beetle Point Trail. There is a slight incline that opens into an grove of pastoral beauty. There are points of interest throughout the trail identifying the indigenous plants and animals. A small pond and the remnants of an old orchard brings historic perspective to this sensational natural retreat. It is not uncommon to come across a small herd of deer. This is a comfortable and enjoyable trail. More information can be obtained at

Lake Solano – Possum Hollow Trail

Posted on 27 February 2011 | No responses

Lake Solano is abundant with activity. There are relaxing and comfortable hikes, campground, fishing, playground and water recreation. These are wonderful activities, and yet, this beautiful park is teeming with historical significance with the Patwin Indians, wildlife and botanical preservation, and an emerging Nature Center to enhance our experience with nature.

Our water supplies, and those for the local crops that we enjoy, are tied to the watershed created by the hills around this park. The Possum Hollow Trail is a shoreline trail that is short and easy to navigate. Strollers and wheelchairs would not have much difficulty on this trail; however, it might be bumpy. It is adjacent to the Nature Center and a fantastic way to introduce people to this natural treasure. As you walk along the shoreline, the array of wildlife in the lake is majestic.

Hiddenbrooke Trail – Vallejo

Posted on 27 February 2011 | No responses

The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council has worked diligently for over twenty years to fund and create access to the natural beauty and trails throughout our area. One of the quiet little trails that integrates community and nature is the Hiddenbrooke Trail in Vallejo. At this time, it is about a five mile in and out trail with nice inclines. It is camouflaged by the housing development. The staging area is on the frontage road off Interstate 80 at the American Canyon offramp. A slight walk on the paved walkway leads you to the trail head opening. The grassy path leads you up the hill to panoramic views of the bay and pastures. This is a great trail for finding inclines and peace of mind. There is a surprising little bench to enjoy the views. Information about the Bay Area Ridge Trail can be viewed at

Urban Hike – Memory Walk

Posted on 21 September 2010 | No responses

Urban Fundraising Hike to Support Alzheimer’s Research
Where: California State Capitol – South Steps
11th St. & N St.
Sacramento, CA 95814

When: Saturday, October 02, 2010
8:30 a.m. Check-In/Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. Walk Begins

Length: 3 mile route and 1.5 mile short cut

Call or email Erin Stone at (916) 930-9080

Register under Team Cappuccino Chip at

If you’re the kind of person who’s not going to sit on the sidelines when there’s a chance to change the future, then you’re the person we need. With more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, and nearly 10 million more serving as caregivers, the time to act is now!

When you register for the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®, you’re joining a nationwide community of thousands of people who are standing up and participating in the fight against this devastating disease.

Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause.

All Memory Walk donations benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. The mission of the Alzheimer’s Association is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Your journey to the end of Alzheimer’s starts here.

Zim Zim Falls – Yolo County

Posted on 5 July 2010 | No responses

July 17, 2010
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Location: Zim Zim Falls – Yolo County
Trail Distance: Approximately 7 miles in and out
Level of Difficulty: Easy with incline up to the falls
Elevation Change: Approximately 400′ total elevation change
Children: Grass and Dirt Path – There will be 18 creek crossings – You will get wet
Dogs: Dogs Allowed – Leashed and Clean Up
Cost: Free
Take Highway 128 out of Winters toward Berryessa, Stay on 128. At the Turtle Rock bar, turn right onto Berryessa/Knoxville road – past the lake – keep going – the road will narrow and roughen. Look for the green gate. If you have hit Marker 24, you’ve gone 100′ too far.
* Be sure to check weather (sufficient apparel); bring water; try to carpool; allow travel time

Green Valley Falls Wrap Up

Posted on 5 July 2010 | No responses

This is one of the rare hikes and is protected by the City of Vallejo Water district. The only access is ordering tickets through the Bay Area Ridge Council. The cost is approximately $20 and the attendees are limited to 30 people.

Due to the limited access, the trails are overgrown; however, this is a fabulous treasure right in our own backyard. We met and the Ranger was diligent in confirming those that signed up with the council.

The trail itself is easy to transverse and the lower falls had very little water. There were lovely streams throughout the trail. It was magical to travel up to the upper falls. There was a serene pond at the base of the falls and lush growth caressing the cavern surrounding the falls. This is truly a treasure in our county. Space is always limited, so check with the Bay Area Ridge Council (in our link section) for calendared events. It was a real treat to see this beauty hidden in Solano County.

Green Valley Falls – Fairfield, CA

Posted on 2 June 2010 | 2 responses

Saturday June 12, 2010
Time: 9:00 – 12:00
Location: Green Valley Falls – Fairfield
One of the most picturesque places in Solano County, this waterfall vies for the title of most beautiful in the Bay Area. Our Solano County Bay Ridge Council Committee has obtained permission for three hikes to visit this lovely spot in the Vallejo watershed, on trails the Council helped to repair after the winter storms of 2005-2006. The falls flow all year long and it is cool and inviting even on a hot day.

The hike is fairly short, but there are some steep and difficult spots. Ridge Trail Council founder Doris Klein will again lead the hikes this year. The start time is 9 am and the hike should last about 3 hours.

The City of Vallejo limits each hike to 30 people. We’ll take reservations on a first-come first-served basis. You must bring a photo ID, be older than 12 years old, and be accompanied by a parent or guardian if you are under 18.

Contact to register. There is a cost of approximately $21 for this unique event.

* Be sure to check weather (sufficient apparel); bring water; try to carpool; allow travel time

NAMI Walks – Urban Hike Wrap Up

Posted on 2 June 2010 | No responses

It was a glorious day in Golden Gate park where approximately 2500 friends, family and concerned citizens pulled together to raise over $300,000 to benefits families and individuals dealing with Mental Illness… It was fun, entertaining, and showed the strength of the community’s commitment to support people battling, understanding and conquering emotional and mental struggles…

Among a canopy of trees, tranquil ponds, we were lead on this 5k walk lead by Irish Pipers… Over 160 teams pulled together to witness the strength of those affected and those dedicated to provide resources to this great cause. The Walkers of Hope team raised funds where 90% of the proceeds raised will directly benefit Solano County recipients.

A beautiful cause, a great hike, and good fellowship… Wonderful way to make a difference in someone’s life…

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