Praying Mantis at King-Swett. (Courtesy photo)

Praying Mantis at King-Swett. (Courtesy photo)

Solano County

Hike scheduled for King-Swett ranches

By From page A5 | June 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A July 5 guided hike will take place in the King-Swett ranches in the hills that separate Fairfield, Vallejo and Benicia.

The hike will be led by Jim Walsh on the Solano Land Trust properties from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walsh will discuss the birds and wildlife in the area while he and hikers cover 4 to 6 miles off-trail, going up and down rugged hills. Views on a clear day include Mount Diablo, the Suisun Marsh, the distant Sierra Nevadas and, from the western edge of the Vallejo-Swett Ranch, Mount Tamalpais, San Francisco and San Pablo bays and the Napa River.

No reservations are necessary but an RSVP would be appreciated to Walsh at [email protected] or 916-870-4824. The hike is free but donations are welcome, a Solano Land Trust press release said.

Hikers will meet Walsh at the park-and-ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway and American Canyon Road intersect off Interstate 80. Be ready to carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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