Blue Ridge Trail South
How to Get There
From Yolo County, Woodland and Davis, take Highway 16 up to the Capay Valley. Once you pass the town of Rumsey, you begin to enter the Cache Creek Canyon. The road will narrow and you will be driving with the creek on one side and the canyon walls on the other. When you see the Cache Creek Regional Park sign on your left, turn into the parking area there. This is the Lower Park site, one of three that Yolo County runs as park of Cache Creek Regional Park system.
Usually you can park in the parking lot (there is a day-use fee, but it’s nominal). During the seasons when the park is closed, you can park at any number of dirt pullouts on Rayhouse Road / Road 40. NOTE: This road is CLOSED to vehicle traffic while discussions over maintenance and low-water bridge issues continue.
Walk down Rayhouse Road/ Road 40, past the gate, then down to and across the low water bridge. Walk up Rayhouse Road / Road 40 until you reach the top of a saddle, and you see a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) road sign at a 4-way intersection. Turn left, and eventually you will get to a parking area at the headwaters of Fiske Creek, at the base of Blue Ridge. There is a gravel parking area, and this is where the south trail starts.
The Hike Itself
The hike starts at the parking area at the headwaters of Fiske Creek and climbs about 200 feet up to the ridge. Once on the ridge, follow the ridgeline north until you get to Fiske Peak. Once on the ridge it is rolling and pretty easy.
If you only want to go to Lowrey Peak it’s about a 3 mile round-trip hike from the parking area. To go to Fiske Peak from the parking area and back is about 8 miles.