Pope Canyon Trail
How to Get There
Take Highway 128 to Berryessa/Knoxville Road and turn right onto Berryessa/Knoxville Road. Keep in the road until you get to Pope Canyon Road, and turn left onto Pope Canyon Road.
The trailhead is 2.1 miles west along Pope Canyon Road from the Knoxville Road intersection. Look for a sturdy brown and yellow stripped gate on the south side of the road. Small hiker signs on a post and on the gate announce the trailhead.
The Hike Itself
From the gate, the trail heads down and to the left and then follows the old road towards the main lake. Below the trail is first Pope Creek and further along the Pope Canyon arm of the lake. After about 3/4 of a mile, an old jeep trail cuts sharply to the right from the main roadbed and descends to a nice grassy shoreline that is good for a picnic. The trail passes through fence-lines which denote the boundary between Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property, both of which are open to the public. At the end of the old road are large fields overlooking the water and scenic rock outcroppings.
The trail is “easy and wide”. Swim and picnic under large oak trees, being careful of rattlesnakes when walking off trail in the tall grass. Western Grebes and Osprey are often seen along the way.
The trail itself is about 2 miles long
- Fitness: easy
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