Up Gates Canyon, down Mix Canyon
Went up to get a good vantage point of the Cold Fire.
Sutter, Cobb, Vaca, and Carpenter Benchmark today.
Made a loop out of it. Up Gates Canyon Rd, down Mix Canyon Rd. No problem with locked gates.
Pretty easy and pretty unrewarding.
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.
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.
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
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.
Walked up from the gate. Good views.
Hiked from gate with the wife. Short hike, decent views from the top
Got it on the way back to Bay Area from Snow Mountain earlier the same day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Went to the high point up there. Good views!
Hiked with Devin. Temps were warm for November (upper 70's). No access issues.
Clear views up and down the central valley and also up into St. Helena.