Do you enjoy taking long, secluded walks with your favorite furry friend in tow? A beautiful, hidden gem in Napa Valley is the Pope Canyon Trail. It runs along the original path that once brought travelers from Pope Valley into the now-sunken town of Monticello, in Berryessa Valley. It’s open year-round and often doesn’t bring many visitors to the area.
This charming trail highlights the rugged California environment and takes explorers to a lovely, secluded corner of the Berryessa Valley Recreation Area. You and Shiloh should take the time to revel in the beautiful agriculture that surrounds the Pope Canyon Trail. While you’re out there, you might run into a few bird watchers, nature hikers, or even families, as the area is pawfect for all types of adventurers.
A short, enjoyable walk, the Pope Canyon Trail passes between Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management property, which is private but open to the public. Lake Berryessa sits at the end of the road, where you’ll also find picturesque rock outcroppings and vast valleys overlooking the water. Some visitors opt to swim or camp here, though it may not be the best idea for your fur-baby.
To reach this spot, you’ll drive along the Pope Canyon Road – the trailhead is about 2.1 miles west of the intersection. You’ll have to park safely and then get out and find the brown-and-yellow striped gate that marks the beginning of the trail. The wide, worn-down path is easy to follow and will accommodate even the largest of canines.
Remember to bring water for both of you, as well as doggy bags so you can clean up after your pooch. It might be a nice idea to bring a snack as well! There are no restrooms in the area, so you may want to go before taking Shiloh!
This trail runs through private property, so keep track of posted signs or indicators. Be aware of your surroundings and be wary of the native wildlife! Rattlesnake and other potential harmful animals frequent the tall grass surrounding the trail.