Thursday, December 29, 2011


Lagoon Valley Park hiking trail, Solano County, California, USA.

JimH & I took a quick morning hike at Lagoon Valley Park near Vacaville, CA. We hiked a trail that begins at very low elevation (220 ft) and gains 750 ft of elevation over the 1.5 mile distance up to Tower 4 (see online map and pdf map below). The trail is totally exposed to the sun. Its a great cool season hike, but in summertime I'd hike there only in the earliest morning hours.

We parked at the lagoon and took the trail that goes south-east up to Tower 4. We got grand views of Lagoon Valley and the Vaca Mountains to the west. We saw a few foolish flowers of star thistle, a purple thistle and mustard still blooming on this winter day, but the scene was mostly a dry, golden brown landscape waiting for the rainy season to begin. Along the way we discovered that hiking with a gps helps ensure that you don't get lost, but suddenly you are on your own if the gps is lost. At the summit we got views of Vacaville to the east and Cement Hill to the south. Fortunately by retracing our steps on the way back we were able to relocate the "escaped" gps unit.

Lagoon Valley Park - Road map, topographic map, satellite map and pdf map.

• The tool on the left zooms in and out. Point on the red markers to see the names.
Map user instructions. Click and drag to reposition this interactive map.
• Map=roads. Satellite=satellite map. Terrain=3D shaded topo map. Topo=topographic map.
Full-Screen Maps - Lagoon Valley Park.
• PDF map: Lagoon Valley trail map -

Coordinates - landmark (marker).
N 38.33506 W 122.00939 - Parking 1. (A)
N 38.33521 W 122.00766 - Parking 2. (B)
N 38.33260 W 122.00950 - Parking 3. (C) (elevation 220 ft)
N 38.32651 W 122.00904 - Parking 4. (D)
N 38.33726 W 122.00332 - Tower 1. (E)
N 38.32832 W 121.99747 - Tower 2. (F)
N 38.32853 W 121.99646 - Tower 3. (G)
N 38.31907 W 121.99266 - Tower 4. (H) (elevation 968 ft)

Lagoon Valley Park

Lagoon Valley Park

• More photos: 2011-12-24 Lagoon Valley Park

Going Back Home.

We made our traditional stop at Betty Lou's Bar & Grill in Vacaville, CA for some dark beer, lasagna and the SF 49ers football game.

More information:
Map to the Trailheads - Hiking in Solano County, California.
Hiking, Biking & Camping Trip Reports & Photos - BRT Insights.
• Hiking in Solano County - Vacaville wiki.
Canon PowerShot A490. Photos edited with IrfanView software. Video edited with Windows Movie Maker and YouTube tools.

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