Putah Creek Reserve

by Amy Anne

The Deets

Location: Davis, CA
: Easy
Distance: 6.9 miles
Exposure: Mostly Shade
Bikes Allowed: No
Dog Friendly:


Parking: Free
Yes – Portable
Doggie Bags:
 Picnic Area & Benches
 Yes – (At Trailhead Only)
Drinking Water:

Helpful Info

From I-80, take the Pedrick Road exit and head north. From CA-113, take the Russel Blvd. exit and head west. Turn left on Lincoln Hwy (Pedrick Rd). The parking lot is 20 yards from the Putah Creek bridge.

Trail Map: .UC Davis

Current Weather: Davis, CA

Best Time to Travel: Year Round

About this Hike

The oak trees on this hike are awe-inspiring. They are one of my favorite trees and this hike is lined with nostalgia for me. The hike is very informational too as most of it is housing university studies and is maintained by the students too! 

Trail Map

This 6.9 mile hike is out and back. It follows the creek the entire way and can be started from either end.

Sit and Watch the Creek from Above

At some point on the trail you’ll come across a makeshift tree ladder. The rungs are pretty secure, but be careful. You can sit above the creek and enjoy the view!

Don’t Want to Bum You Out, But…

These are some things to consider when going on this hike. In no way should these things prevent you from going, I just wanted you let you know!

  • In heavy rain this entire trail can get completely washed out and muddy. Much of the trail itself is down in the creek bed, which is used as flood overflow.

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