While praised by some and mocked by others, this curious little trail does seem to attract enough folks for the stewards to keep it relatively well-maintained. The Suisun Hill Trail loops up about 200 feet to the top of a hill that overlooks the Suisun Marsh, a vast brackish wetland full of birds and water-loving mammals. Many raptors live here, including eagles, hawks, kestrels and owls, and you and Fido will have no problem sighting them as you walk, and after you get to the top of the hill. Otters and squirrels are abundant here as well, and there are many wildflowers along the narrow trail and below.
The vista from atop Suisun Hill also takes in Travis Air Force Base, and many hikers have stood mesmerized by the continual take-offs and landings of huge military airplanes, although others complain of the noise. The city of Fairfield lies in the distance, as does the Bay. Benches at the summit enable you and your furry friend to sit for long periods and decide how you truly feel about this hike, or have a snack and a drink before heading back to your car by completing the loop. The golden, undulating hills of Napa seem to flow in waves away from your vantage point, giving you a sense of otherworldliness away from the bustle of the valley and urban civilization.
You may encounter runners and horses along this trail, so remember to remain to the right to let these faster creatures pass you. The cows, the other creatures inhabiting this space, can be entertaining or boringly bucolic, but they can also be worrisome, particularly the bulls or mothers with calves, so be sure to stay aware of them as you walk and be ready to retreat.
If you're looking for a quick hike that will get your heart pumping with its semi-steep ups and downs, Suisun Hill might fit the bill. You certainly won't forget hiking it!
There are no shade trees on this trail, so be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. Also be aware that the trail travels through an active cow pasture and "cow pies" are scattered everywhere, including on the path. Watch your step, and keep an eye on your pup. Some dogs like to eat and roll in cow pies.