Docent Lead Hike on Private Land

Change of plans! We will be joining Vacaville Fun for a hike in Western Solano County. Let's plan on meeting about 8:15 at the Taco Bell corner of the Target parking lot, corner of Soscal & Imola and carpool over. Here is from their site;

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.


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. 

Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).

Also recommended:

Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see comments).

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[masked] if the weather is uncertain.

COST: Free.  If able, please bring a $5 donation for our hosts and the Solano Land Trust.

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  • Jeff W

    Great pictures Ken, Thanks!!!

    November 8, 2013

  • Jeff W

    Here is a link to pictures of our hike this morning;[masked]

    November 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet you at the Mcgary Rd park n ride before 9 Sat.

    November 1, 2013

    • Jeff W

      Hi Fred, I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself this morning. I saw you but somehow was looking for a different face. I hope to see you again soon and I'll try to do better recognizing you.

      November 2, 2013

  • Jeff W

    This was a great hike! You really missed a great hike if you didn't go with us.

    November 2, 2013

  • Vhea P.

    Running late. I'll meet up in vallejo

    November 2, 2013

  • Jeff W

    G' Monin' All, I will be driving an older 2 tone blue full size Ford truck. See ya soon!

    November 2, 2013

  • Jeff W

    Here's where we will meet you at 9am

    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.

    October 26, 2013

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