How to Get There
You will first need to get the Pope Canyon Road from wherever you are. The trailhead is on Pope Canyon Road approximately midway between Chiles Pope Valley Road and Berryessa Knoxville Road at coordinates 38.6468519, -122.3636356. Park along the road at the small Pope Creek Bridge. On foot, leave the road on the northeast side of the bridge by stepping over the guardrail and walking about 100 yards on a former asphalt road. Turn right onto the gravel road and ascend through two hairpin turns for about 0.2 miles. Look for the trailhead marker on the left after a “SPEED LIMIT 10 MPH” sign.
Go left and start climbing up the incline.
The Hike Itself
The trail features some panoramic views of both Pope Creek and Putah Creek along with a large meadow for picnicking. Wild flowers are in abundance in the spring time, and there are a lot of native plants, insects, birds and other wildlife for viewing and photographing year-round. During one excursion along the trail, for example, volunteers came across Indra Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars in the rocky areas around the meadow.
Parts of the trail have a very steep grade so caution is necessary (especially during the rainy season). Please stay on the trail and do NOT cut switchbacks. Cutting switchbacks leads to rapid erosion of the trail which then ruins the trail-experience for other users. As always, pack out whatever you bring in.
Round-trip, this trail is 9.4 miles. NOTE: The trail may be expanding over the next year or so.