Ranger-Led Wildflower Hike at Lake Berryessa

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely hike on the Smittle Creek Trail along the western shoreline of Lake Berryessa, about an hour and a half west of Sacramento. Enjoy spring wildflowers and get some fresh air and exercise while learning about the natural and human history of the area on an easy-to-moderate 2.6 mile, one-way guided hike. The trail travels through a shaded Blue Oak woodland, affording hikers scenic views and peaceful surroundings. Meet at the south end of the Smittle Creek Day Use Area parking lot, off of Berryessa-Knoxville Road. Vehicles can be shuttled to the trail end point at Coyote Knolls within the Oak Shores Day Use Area. Hikers may stay with the ranger for the entire 4-hour hike or leave early if they choose. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the lake. For details and directions, please contact Mike McGraw at[masked], ext. 112 or [masked].

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  • Lorraine P

    Great day great hike! Am sending two separate pictures which were sent to my email address. The originals were too big to load so smaller files are loaded separately. Shows all our smiling faces, ranger Mike in the very back...love you guys.

    April 1, 2013

  • Sharon W L

    It was such a fun hike, the wild flowers are spectacular, Ranger Mike was very helpful, good group of people. Thanks for organizing this hike Shannon! Thanks for driving Cindy!

    March 31, 2013

  • Laura M

    Awesome hike! Mike McGraw was super! Great company! Beautiful landscape! Perfect weather! Can I say any more?????

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Cindy N

    Had a wonderful time. Mike the Ranger was a fantastic guide. Great company.

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Mike

    I will meet at 11th & P a little before 8 that should give us enough time to get over there. I can take people or I can be taken and I'll help with gas money of course!

    March 12, 2013

    • Shannon B

      I will be at 11th and P too before 8:00am.

      March 29, 2013

    • Florrie

      I'm sorry but I will not be able to go tomorrow. Have a great time.

      March 29, 2013

  • Allen B.

    Been watching the weather and my sore knee. Weather is iffy - certainly looks like showers by 2pm onward. HATE to not go, but best to probably not at this point. Im up for this hike if offered again soon. (ofcourse, if Im not going it will b fine)

    March 29, 2013

    • Shannon B

      Allen there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. We'll catch you next time!

      March 29, 2013

  • Chris

    Will rain cancel?

    March 29, 2013

    • Victoria P.

      No. A lot of times, even if the forecast calls for rain, we just get sprinkles. Even if it decides to rain pretty steadily we will still hike.

      March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just noticed that this hike is 2 hours from the City. Too far for me. Maybe next time. . .

    March 29, 2013

  • cosette m.

    Dave H, Cindy and I are car pooling from Davis - Mace Park and Ride. We have room for one more. Anyone want to join us? We will be meeting at 8 AM and leaving the Park and Ride at 8:10. let me know if you want to join us.

    March 29, 2013

  • Jin

    Sorry to drop out at the last minute. I won't be able to make it. You all have a good hike! :)

    March 29, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    Someone pointed out that the map displayed a point much further past our hiking spot. I've updated it, and if there is still any confusion, type in 5600 Knoxville Road, Napa CA into your GPS. Smittle Creek Day Use Area is about one mile north of that spot.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Laura M

    Anyone looking for a carpool from Citrus Heights, Roseville or Rocklin?

    March 27, 2013

    • Laura M

      Gary, are you still interested in carpool - just sent you text

      March 27, 2013

  • Cindy N

    Hi, I am from Davis and would be interested in a carpool. Sounds like we can meet at the P and R and then decide about vehicles? I also can drive or ride depending...

    1 · March 26, 2013

  • cosette m.

    Davis -Mace Park & Ride is on the Northside. It is behind the water tower and Ikeda's

    March 26, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Is the P&R on the north or south side of the freeway?

    March 26, 2013

  • cosette m.

    If anyone would like to car pool from Davis let's meet at the Mace Park and Ride. I will be there at 7:30 and leave at 7:45. Hope to see others there.

    March 26, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Does anybody still want to carpool? I am in West Sacramento. I can drive or go with someone else. Thanks.

    March 26, 2013

    • cosette m.

      i would like to car pool with you. can you come to Davis Mace Park and Ride?

      March 26, 2013

  • Linda

    I sprained my ankle!

    March 26, 2013

  • Sally

    decided to go on the Bassi Falls hike instead...just in this area last wknd

    March 25, 2013

  • Sharon W L

    I'd like to join the waiting list.

    March 20, 2013

    • Victoria P.

      I have it set up as an automatic waiting list, so you should be able to sign up in the typical manner and it will automatically add you to the wait list if rsvp's are full. It looks like there is one opening at this time.

      March 21, 2013

  • cosette m.

    I want to car pool from either 11 & P or Davis Mace Park and Ride. Anyone for Davis Park and Ride?

    March 12, 2013

  • Margaret

    Are dogs permitted on this hike? Thanks!

    March 2, 2013

    • Victoria P.

      I spoke to the ranger in charge. Unfortunately he would prefer no dogs. The idea for this hike is that there is a chance of seeing wildlife, and he feels that dogs in the area can decrease the group's chance of sighting anything.

      March 7, 2013

    • Margaret

      Thank you for finding out, Victoria! That makes sense. Looking forward to it!

      March 9, 2013

  • Victoria P.

    Hello, all! I'm quite happy at the amount of interest we have in this hike. For now, I've shut down RSVP's so that we aren't too over-crowded. Please, if you find that you are unable to attend, make sure to change your reply so that I can open it up for others to join!

    March 3, 2013

  • Rebecca B.

    Anyone meeting at 11th & P and want to carpool?

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone coming from SF? Want to carpool?

    February 25, 2013

  • Allen B.

    Will stay for the entire 4 hour hike - it is a drive just to get there, so want to stay and enjoy as long as possible!

    February 23, 2013

  • Buffy

    Would like to carpool with somebody from Placerville or further down the hill. Happy to chip in for gas.

    February 23, 2013

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