Picture from the summit, just past the high point looking west

Mount Vaca

Background information:

Altitude: 2,819'

Tidbits:  Highest mountain in Solano County, California

Summitted, December 29, 2008


The approach road (Mix Canyon Road) to the summit area

Time Zone: GMT -8 hours

When to go:


Route Selection:

It is basically a drive-up to within 1 mile of the summit, then a short hike to the high point.

Climb Reservation:

No guide, fee, permit, or trail reservations are required. There are numerous no trespassing signed on the final approach road, however, many hiking guides state that the public has a "prescriptive easement" to get to the summit.


The final path to the summit area.

Packing List:

Nothing special.

Getting There:

From Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield, exit onto Cherry Glen Road. Follow this road north and it will turn into Pleasants Valley Road in about a mile.  Continue going north for about 5 miles and turn left on to Mix Canyon Road.  This is a twisty narrow road that you will need to take for about 5 miles. It is a beautiful drive and you'll pass farms, alpacas, and you may feel you entered a time-warp. Look for a prominent pullout on your right opposite a gated gravel road on the left that leads to an array of LARGE towers (if you drive to the towers at the very summit of Mix Canyon road, you've gone a little too far). 

Trip Description:

Park in the pullout and walk about a mile down the gravel road. Your objective is tower #20. If you walk behind the fenced area there are some nice rock outcroppings and drop-dead gorgeous views.

A view looking east. It was a little hazy, but I could see about 100 miles across the Central Valley to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.