How to Get There
From Yolo county, Woodland and Davis, take Highway 128 up through Winters toward Lake Berryessa. After you pass through Winters, it doesn’t take long before you start to drive into the hills. You will pass Lake Solano on your left, as you go up the canyon. Lake Solano is formed by the diversion dam which shunts water into Solano County. The stretch of water above the lake and below Monticello Dam has some world class trout fishing. In fact, Putah Creek and Lake Solano are designated “Wild Trout Waters” by the State of California. The water is clear and cold, as it comes from the bottom of Lake Berryessa.
After you pass by the five Yolo County fishing access areas, the road will bend to the left. When you reach it, cross the bridge over Putah Creek, into Solano County. In the past, you would go up to the dirt pull out on the right side of the road just before you get to the Monticello Dam and the road begins a sharp turn. Now there is a new entrance: On the right, immediately after crossing the bridge over Putah Creek (about 200 feet from the bridge), there is a short gravel road that leads to a parking lot. Park your vehicle here. At the south end of the parking lot is a trail that leads through culverts under Highway 128. Once through the culverts, follow the trail up the bank to the left – this leads you to the Cold Canyon Loop and Annie’s Trail.
Annie’s Trail is a part of the Stebbins Cold Canyon loop. This hike takes you further south from the main loop. At the southernmost point of the section of the Cold Canyon loop along the Blue Ridge, you will see a sign for the “Tuleyome Trail”. Take the Tuleyome Trail until you see the sign for Annie’s Trail. At this point you can continue on the Tuleyome Trail and do Annie’s Trail as a clockwise loop, intersecting it further south, or take this first intersection and do the loop counter-clockwise.
The Hike Itself
There are steep sections, so it is moderately difficult to difficult, depending on your ability. Be sure to stop at Annie’s Rock for the view, when you see the Annie’s Rock sign.
Round-trip, this is a 7.25 mile hike.