Solano Trek & Overnight

People hiking through green grassy hills in Solano county

Saturday, May 14 – Sunday May 15

Join the Ridge Trail and our fantastic partners on a gorgeous 2-day supported hike and overnight. Enjoy the company of fellow trail enthusiasts on an adventure that includes catered meals, gear transportation, and more. This trek is a great way to explore the Ridge Trail and the network of open space it goes through in Solano county.

 

Miles: 12.5 (Day 1 – May 14th) and 7.2 (Day 2 – May 15th)

Check-in Location & Time: Benicia State Recreation Area at 8:00 AM on May 14th

 

Partners: CA State Parks, City of American Canyon, Greater Vallejo Recreation District, Solano County Parks, Solano Land Trust.

 

More Details

Participants hike 19.7 miles, over 2 days, from Newell Open Space Preserve, cross through Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, and other properties to the Benicia State Recreation Area. Participants stay at McIntyre Ranch overnight on the journey south. The hike will feature panoramic views of San Francisco and Suisun Bay.

Miles: 12.5 (Day 1) and 7.2 (Day 2)

Elevation Gain: 2000'

Difficulty: Strenuous

Note on Fitness: Your safety starts with being honest about your fitness in accomplishing the hike for each day. If you don't have recent experience accomplishing hikes of this distance and difficulty please consider joining us another time.
MAY 14 - DAY 1: 12.5 miles to McIntyre Ranch
  • Park your car at Benicia State Recreation Area (BSRA) & hand off camping gear to be brought to McIntyre Ranch
  • Get shuttled from BSRA to the start point at Newell Open Space Preserve
  • Guided hike from Newell Open Space Preserve to McIntyre Ranch
  • Enjoy a catered BBQ dinner at McIntyre Ranch
  • Camp overnight at McIntyre Ranch
May 15 - DAY 2: 7.2 miles to BSRA
  • Wake up at McIntyre Ranch and enjoy a pancake breakfast
  • Create your own sandwiches for a pack lunch
  • Guided hike from McIntyre Ranch to BSRA
  • Your camping gear will be delivered back to BSRA
$85 for adults (ages 18 and over)
$40 for teens (ages 13-17)*
*Teens must be accompanied by an adult and be able to hike the full mileage each day. This outing is not open to youth under age 13.

Price of registration includes:
  • 3 meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast & lunch)
  • Guides for each day's hike
  • Waived overnight parking at meeting location (BSRA)
  • Shuttle on day 1 to the trek starting location
  • Gear transportation
  • Overnight camping location
Hiking Gear:
  • Sturdy shoes for hiking
  • Day pack
  • Water: 2 liters or more
  • Food: Lunch for day 1, snacks for both days
  • Hat / Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Jacket / layers
  • Hiking poles (optional)
Camping Gear:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camp shoes (recommended - closed-toed alternate to hiking shoes)
In order to get a full refund, you must cancel with us one (1) week in advance of the event start. Please email events@ridgetrail.org to make a cancellation. If the Ridge Trail cancels you are always due a refund.
To keep this event as safe as possible and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we require all participants ages 12 years and over to be fully vaccinated. Hikers should bring a mask to wear on the 30 min. shuttle ride on Saturday morning. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!
We have a few remaining volunteer spots open to help transport participant equipment on Saturday or Sunday morning, or to help cook the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. Please email volunteer@ridgetrail.org if you are interested in helping with the Solano Overnight.
Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. Do I need to carry my camping gear?
  2. No, this is designed as a supported hike and overnight and not a backpacking trip. Our amazing volunteers help to transport your camping gear on Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you are an experienced backpacker and can keep pace with unburdened hikers all day, you may carry your gear with you.
  3. Are bathrooms available along the route?
  4. Yes, there are portable restrooms at the check-in/out location, at some stops each day, and at the camping area at McIntyre Ranch. There are no showers at McIntyre Ranch.
  5. What meals are included with my registration?
  6. A catered BBQ dinner on Saturday night, pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, and materials to make a pack lunch for Sunday are provided. We offer some vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options; the confirmation email will provide a link to a form for you to fill out if you have any dietary restrictions. Participants need to bring their own lunch for Saturday (day 1) and snack for each day.
  7. Can I join for just one day?
  8. No. We cannot accommodate late arrivals or early departures on this guided hike and overnight.
  9. Are dogs allowed?
  10. No; we love our canine friends, but pets are not allowed at this event.

For additional questions, please email events@ridgetrail.org.

 

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Choose quantity of tickets to begin. You must complete all required sections, including clicking the liability waiver check box and “Confirm” button to be registered. If you don’t receive a confirmation email then you are not registered.

 


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