FAIRFIELD — Kick off the new year with a hike 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the King-Swett Ranches.
Naturalist Jim Walsh will share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. The King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed to the public.
All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a strenuous pace hiking four to six miles off trail, up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, passing free range cattle along the way.
Hikers should bring a backpack with water and snacks and wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants and layered clothes. Binoculars, a camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks and gaiters are also recommended.
Meet Walsh at his TruGreen pickup truck at the park-and-ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke, between Fairfield and Vallejo on westbound Interstate 80).
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