Frog Pond Trail
How to Get There
From Yolo County, Woodland and Davis, take Highway 16 up 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 sign for the Cache Creek Regional Park, Lower Site, on your left, turn into the parking area. This is one of three sites overseen by Yolo County that comprises the Cache Creek Regional Park system. (There is also a Middle Site, and an Upper Site further up Highway 16… so if you miss the turned out for the Lower Site, go into one of the other sites, make a u-turn, and head back to the Lower Site.)
From the Lower Site, look for Rayhouse Road/Road 40. You cannot drive on the road at present (for safety reasons), so you’ll have to hike, bike, or horseback ride up the road, past the gate, and down to the low-water bridge. Cross the bridge and continue up the road until you come to a stone house and barn. The Frog Pond trailhead will be about a tenth of a mile past the stone house. The trailhead is marked with a sign.
The Hike Itself
The Frog Pond Trail hike takes you through oak woodlands to a small pond. The pond is said to have some very large frogs living in and around its shores. The hike gives you some fabulous views of Cortina Ridge, Glascock Mountain, and stunning Blue Oak woodlands.
Note: On the hike taken in May of 2016 the tracks of Black Bears were plainly visible along the banks of the pond.
The trail is 5 miles long (round trip), and lassos around, forming a nice partial loop. One of the best short hikes in the region. If you are there on a hot day in early summer, take a dip in the frog pond.