Man, this peak was so tiring for me. Steep and long, and lots of sticky mud. Not very slippery, but it would make a huge nest around our boots.
Did this many years ago with Josh. We rode mountain bikes to the summit.
Perfect weather and clear visibility on this first day after the clocks were set back. A few downed trees on the way up but routefinding was simple. From the summit we could see Shasta as a faint white triangle on the horizon and Lassen and the Sierra Crest very clearly.
The summit register placed in June 2014 was still there in a red can with only a dozen names in it.
Having read through other comments I was a bit nervous on this one, but found the trail to be easy to follow. The grass was overtaking the trail, but never so much so that I ever lost my way. Picked up 3 ticks on the day, but since I was constantly checking my pant legs I flicked them off before any damage could be done. The Yolo Hikers group that put up this trail deserve a lot of credit. Trip report is HERE
I figured the 3500 feet of elevation gain was a typo. But there is a lot of gain that you lose then regain. Was a windy but nice day out with my wife. Took us 4 1/2 hours r/t spending 30 minutes at the summit for a beer, tri-tip, cheese and crackers.
Poison oak sprouting up on the trail here and there. Hiking through the lower elevation of Oaks was nice. Fantastic views to be had from higher elevations.
Hiked this one after work on a Friday. I must be getting out of shape because I thought it was pretty hard. Temps were warm and ticks were out in force. The view from the summit was great... could see Lassen, Desolation Wilderness, lots of the Valley and Lake Berryessa. The trail was in pretty good shape but grassy.
Had some trouble finding the traverse below the west side of the crest. Found it on the way back in daylight though. Trip Report
The trail through DF&W land was easy to follow even though it was significantly overtaken by the grasses. Despite this, we missed the trail and got off route near the first Ahmann easement. This mistake led to a significantly longer approach to the summit . . .
From the summit, we could see the newly constructed trail cutting across the west face of the North ridge leading toward Berryessa. However, we never did find where this trail connected to the gravel road leading to the summit. As a result, we subjected ourselves to some pretty significant bushwhacking to rejoin the trail ~ at least one mile below the road andh ad no trouble following it back to the start.
The hike was a bit more strenuous than I anticipated - but provided excellent views out all the way to the peaks around Lake Tahoe.
Did this hike as an overnight, camping on the ridge about a mile north of the peak. It was just after a few days of steady rain, and although I didn't expect it there was water in several places high along the ridge. In particular I suspect the creek in the prominent valley (on the map, just at the end of the marked easement) will usually have water through the winter - there was a nice waterfall this time.
A number of stream crossings near the start and sections of mud, but nothing difficult. The Tuleyome folks have done a great job and the path is cleared all the way along the ridge until it joins the road around a mile below the summit (I don't know if this is the final route).
Some avoidable poison oak along the way and lots of ticks. The presence of the transmitters and some visible houses makes this hike feel less wild than some, but the views over Lake Berryessa were fantastic, and on a clearer day I'm sure the views out to the valley would have been stunning.