You can do this hike in either direction, and
any of the sections. I will describe it from Pedrick road to Old
Davis road. Note that the south side of the creek is private property and the trail is on the north side of the property on University land. Do not go on the south side. The area of the creek open to the public is ONLY on the north side of the creek between Pedrick Road and Old Davis Road. Upstream from Pedrick Road and downstream from Old Davis Road is not open to the public or is private property.
Starting at the Pedrick Road parking area, hike east along the dirt road on the north side of the creek that parallels the
creek. Cross under the Pedrick road bridge, and continue downstream.
When the dirt road gets to the fire ring picnic area, it will become paved.
You can walk down to the fire ring area, and then back up to the paved
section of road, or continue on a trail near the creek (can be underwater in winter). Continue toward the Brooks road
parking area, downstream. From the Brooks Road parking, there is a trail continuing to Old Davis Road.
Along the way, you will see box elder, valley oak, arroyo and sandbar willow,
California grape, California wild rose, and Cottonwood.
In Winter, this footpath is frequently flooded by high water.
In that case, you will have to walk the levee to Old Davis road.
My favorite part about this hike, in addition to the creek, is the fact that
it is in Davis! A great place to get away
from it all, but without having to travel the long distances.
Distance: From Pedrick road to the gravel parking area at the levee,
it is 1.2 miles. From the levee to Old Davis road, it is 1.5 miles. No discernible
For more information on the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, go to putahcreek.ucdavis.edu.
There is a map below, as well as one downloadable from the University at this link.