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PharmacistThird CA CoHP out of 4 today  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2015


Sutter, Cobb, Vaca, and Carpenter Benchmark today.
Posted Feb 12, 2015 12:13 pm

WayneFryVia Gates Canyon Rd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2014


Made a loop out of it. Up Gates Canyon Rd, down Mix Canyon Rd. No problem with locked gates.
Posted Aug 31, 2014 2:06 pm

ericnoelVaca  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 20, 2013


Pretty easy and pretty unrewarding.
Posted Oct 20, 2013 6:20 pm

JonathanHeywoodGreat use of Free Time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2013
After ending up with a quick gap of time between some scheduled meetings in Vacaville, I decided to wander up another county highpoint. Great views from the bay to Sutter Buttes.
Posted Jul 14, 2013 7:58 pm

FletchDrove most of the way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2011


cool area...
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:18 pm

David NaylorGate Open
Date Climbed: May 18, 2012

David Naylor

Gate was open, drove right up to Tower #20. There were 3 communications company trucks parked there and workers in one of the nearby buildings. 1pm in the afternoon.
Posted May 20, 2012 8:42 pm

SFMountaineerQuick hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2012


Just a quick excursion to grab another county hp. A little hazy, I might return on a super clear day as I think the views could be spectacular
Posted Feb 5, 2012 1:33 pm

sfpcserviceThe road is public!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2011
The info about a "prescriptive easement" needs to be corrected. The road across the top of Mt. Vaca is Blue Ridge Road (County RD. 354) Between Mix Canyon Rd. and Gates Canyon Rd. According to the county surveyors office, the road is not maintained by the county, it is maintained by the land owners on Mt. Vaca. But, there is a public easement on this road making it county road 354. The county surveyor stated the red "no trespassing" signs at the gate are unenforceable because of this easement which was recorded in 1894. Also, the gates are placed by the fire department and only closed when fire danger is extreme. I have a PDF of the county maps and of the easement if anyone wants them, send me a message. The property on either side of the road is private however, so those signs are enforceable.
Posted Aug 20, 2011 9:05 pm

mlarkin2002Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 16, 2011
Walked up from the gate. Good views.
Posted Jan 17, 2011 4:07 pm

gman84Hiked from gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2010
Hiked from gate with the wife. Short hike, decent views from the top
Posted Oct 13, 2010 2:29 am

mrchad9Nice side-trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005


Got it on the way back to Bay Area from Snow Mountain earlier the same day.
Posted May 9, 2010 4:36 am

CWesselsA Worthwhile Diversion  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010


Biked to the top from the gate. Simple as can be. Not much of a challenge, but more worth the detour than I expected it to be.

City lights below do dazzle after dark, and the power lines play like aeolian harps.
Posted Mar 21, 2010 7:31 pm

DeanEarly morning  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008


Did Mt. St. Helena on the 20th and it seemed appropriate to stay in Vacaville for this one. Early morning expedition got me the summit and then we headed for Copernicus for number two.
Posted Mar 29, 2009 8:27 pm

DundeelSnow Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2009


Mix Canyon gate was closed. Made a quick walk in a blowing snow shower. The view was limited to about 300 feet. This was my second cohp for the day. Carpenter Hill in Sacramento was first.
Posted Feb 21, 2009 10:27 pm

edevartWalked up from open gate.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2008


Surprising views. The entire snowtopped Sierra from Mt Lassen in the north down to Yosemite was in view, with the Central Valley and the SF Bay area hidden below in fog. Really nice for basically a drive up peak. Great views.
Posted Dec 30, 2008 6:44 pm

NoonduelerThink I hiked it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 10, 2000


Went to the high point up there. Good views!
Posted Nov 6, 2008 4:24 pm

JonodoFire Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2007


Hiked with Devin. Temps were warm for November (upper 70's). No access issues.
Posted Nov 5, 2007 5:21 pm

pjgordonWow  Sucess!


Clear views up and down the central valley and also up into St. Helena.
Posted Oct 23, 2007 12:33 am

McCannster13th CA county highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2007


Thought I'd tick this one off my county highpoint list, so I made a side trip on my way back from Grass Valley. Gate was closed, so I jogged to the summit in 15 minutes. Clear views all the way across the valley, which was nice. Came back to the car to discover that the gate was not locked, just closed. That could have saved me a bit of time if I had drove, but it was nice to stretch my legs.
Posted Apr 1, 2007 4:58 pm

Michael PerryVery nice quiet hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 29, 2006

Michael Perry

Made the drive to Vacaville to bag my second cohp. The gate on Mix Canyon was closed. Saw a few people heading up the trail, but they didn't seem to mind us. Walked around the whole fence around the peak before finding the USGS marker, thinking the highest point were the boulders on the western edge of the fence, overlooking Lake Curry. Even though it was hazy, I could see Mt Diablo, St. Helena, and faintly see Tamalpais and Downtown Sacramento.
Posted Oct 30, 2006 2:48 am

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