Picture from the summit, just past the high point looking west
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:
It is basically a drive-up to within 1 mile of the summit, then a short hike to the high point.
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.
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).
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.
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