There are no officially developed trails on the Knoxville public lands, yet,
but there are old firebreaks and ranch roads you can use to explore this
vast area. There are a number of options for exploring the area.
It is infinitely hard for you to get lost on the ranch, since if you get
lost you just head downhill and you will end up at Eticeura Creek and Knoxville
road. The entire ranch slopes up from the road and creek to Blue
One hike I have taken is shown on the map. You hike up a steep
firebreak up to Blue Ridge. Photos are shown below, and the views
One other hike that is less taxing on the legs is a hike up Long Canyon
on the old jeep trail. There are also old ranch roads on the rest
of the property, mostly on the northern end. You can follow any of
these for a nice hike.
The real attraction of the area is Blue Ridge. On this side of
Blue Ridge, the cliffs are vertical, and home to prairie and perigin falcons.
We watched one falcon fly into and out of its nest in the cliffs.
Also, once you get to the top of the ridge, you can see all of Casey Flats
above the Capay Valley, Berryessa Peak, Sutter Buttes, and Mt. Lassen.
The green trails are trails I have seen but not taken yet. They are a
bit easier than the trail up to the ridge. Note that the 10,000 acres of the
Knoxville ranch public lands are due south of the Blue Ridge Trail South parking
area. The ridge is administered by BLM, and the lower part of the ranch
by Cal. DFG. Areas within the blue boundary are public. Explore!
Distance: To hike up to the ridge as shown on the south part of the
map, it is 1.2 miles, with an elevation gain of 1600 feet. Steep!