This hike is along a dirt road that leads to the top
of of the ridge. Normally, I would hardly consider hiking along a road
as being a hike. However, this is no ordinary road. Rayhouse road
is closed more often than it is open, making it the perfect hiking area during
winter and early spring. It is also a great area to mountain bike, and
leads you to some of the most spectacular views in the region (second only to blue ridge).
The hike starts the same as the Blue Ridge trail and Frog pond trail.
You start out by crossing the low water bridge,
and turning right, following the road. Follow the road the entire
way up to the ridgeline. Along the way, you will be treated to gorgeous
views of Blue ridge, Fiske Creek
canyon, and Glascock mountain. The trail
winds through blue oak woodland, chaparral and grassland. At the
top, you will be treated to 360 degree views, and a view of the entire
Blue ridge. Spectacular.
From the 4-way intersection of Lang's Peak road, Fiske Creek road, and Rayhouse road, you have the choice of
turning back, hiking down to Cache creek along Lang's peak road, hiking to Davis
Creek reservoir, or hiking Fiske creek road to the southern Blue ridge trail
hike. All of these points are far away, so it is a two day adventure to
continue on. I usually just hike back down, my need for great vistas having
Distance: 5 miles from the low-water bridge to the Four Corners at the
top of the mountain, one way. 1800 foot elevation gain.