Lagoon Valley Hike 2-18-17

If it continues to rain as it has in January, a hike around a lagoon may be just the thing to do.  Join WOW on a jaunt in the hills overlooking the Lagoon Valley, just southwest of Vacaville.  Ken Trott will lead this hike, which will begin in the north parking lot of the church at 8:00 A.M., where we will gather to sign-in, hear about the hike, and organize carpools.  Please bring water, sturdy shoes, a bag lunch and warm clothing.

To get to this City of Vacaville-owned park, exit I-80 at Pena Adobe Road.  The 470-acre park requires a $3.00 entrance fee.

Lagoon Valley Park offers a moderately easy 7.3-mile loop hike up to the ridge-line surrounding the Valley with good views not only of the Lagoon, but of the infamous State Prison on the other side.  Many spur trails offer shorter walks, if desired.  Among the "wildlife" present are hawks, cattle, windsurfers, and an (very) occasional mountain lion.  Attractions after a hike include the historic Pena Adobe home, a Frisbee course, horseshoe pits, fishing and a picnic area.  Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails.

The Adobe is the historic home the Juan Felipe Pena family, who arrived at the Valley in 1841 following the advice of General Mariano Vallejo.  Juan Pena and Juan Manuel Vaca were among the first settlers in this part of California.  (And, to think, I always thought that Vacaville got its name from all the cattle meandering over the surrounding foothills.)

After the hike, if a picnic is too primitive for dining, try out Murillo‚Äôs Fine Mexican restaurant at 1591 E. Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville, just off I-80 (one of the trip leader's -- who lived for seven years in Vacaville -- favorite eateries.)  For more information on this hike, contact Ken Trott at 530-867-3130.

Contact Information:
Ken Trott


Woodland Presbyterian Church