How to Get There
You will first need to get the Pope Canyon Road from wherever you are. Sage Canyon Road (128) to Chiles Pope Valley will get you there. Or follow Highway 128 to Berryessa/Knoxville Road to the large Pope Creek Bridge. Look for the small Pope Creek Bridge; you can access the trail from there. If you cross the road to the cattle grade you will see an asphalt road. Follow the old asphalt road until it reaches a dirt ranch road. Turn right onto the road and follow it for about 0.2 miles (it will turn twice while
you’re walking it). Look for the trailhead marker right after a 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.