Hiking Berryessa Peak after the Lightning Complex fire

Peak Summited2020 Berryessa Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMarker 20 Knoxville Rd
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad rough but passable
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail

This was the most difficult hike so far for me.  Although the view from the top was beautiful, parts of the trail were difficult as we had to climb over burnt fallen trees while walking along a narrow path with a steep hill on one side with loose gravel, then weave through thick brush while trying to find and stay on the trail in another area.  We were the only people on the trail all day and the only car on the road.  We drove down Knoxville Rd from Lake County which was an adventure by itself.  We discovered while driving away by a different route that the area was actually closed (most likely from the recent fires) so I am glad we made it back as I don't think anyone would have found us there.

Although the hillsides must have been beautiful before the fire, I found the view interesting never the less. We saw burnt trees, fallen trees, and tree shaped “shadows” from the fallen trees' ashes on the ground.  Once we finally made it to the top, the views of Lake Berryessa and the valley were amazing.  Overall I am glad to have accomplished this hike but am not excited to repeat it too soon.


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