FAIRFIELD — Hikers can explore the ecosystems of the Rockville Trails Preserve on Saturday and hike the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo on Oct. 5, two free events sponsored by the Solano Land Trust.
Saturday’s event is from 8 a.m. to noon and is guided by docent Steve Pressley.
The new Rockville Trails Preserve is accessible only by docent-led hikes. Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for an intermediate to strenuous-paced hike of four to six miles up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills on rough, rocky, uneven ground, according to a press release. There is no water and there are no bathrooms or parking lots.
Registration is requested at www.solanolandtrust.com or by calling 745-1913.
The Oct. 5 hike, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is at the area known as the King-Swett Ranches, which are otherwise closed to the public. The hike is free and no reservations are required.
Again, all ages are welcome but are must be prepared for a four- to six-mile hike off trail, up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills, with free-range cattle along the way. Layered clothes, binoculars, a camera, bug repellant, hiking ticks and gaiters are recommended.
Meet naturalist Jim Walsh beside his white “TruGreen” pickup truck at the park-and-ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrook Parkway and American Canyon Road intersect. Be ready to car pool or caravan from there to the trailhead.
The Solano Land Trust has permanently protected more than 20,000 acres of working farms and natural areas in Solano County since its founding in 1986. For more information, visit www.solanolandtrust.org.
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