Ultra-cyclist Deb Banks never turns down a chance to make this relatively easy ride, especially
in the evening when the moon is full. The trail begins on the Davis Bike Trail off Lake Boulevard in Davis and continues over Stevenson Bridge on Putah Creek Road to Winters. The route is mostly flat and includes the breathtaking sights and sounds of bluebirds, woodpeckers, and dozens of other species at the Putah Creek Wildlife Preserve. This route includes a 15 mile loop around Lake Solano, which has a climb of 565 feet if you want more intense exercise and exquisite scenery.
Distance: 39 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, with 522 feet of climbing
Car park: Park at Starbucks (2038 Lyndell Terrace, Davis)
Bathroom: Winters City Park, Lake Solano County Park (may be closed due to a pandemic)
Pay attention: On the way there and back from Davis, you find yourself on a bike path that crosses the road several times. It is important to stop and look both ways before crossing. Once you are off the bike path and head towards Stevenson Bridge, the road has clear sight lines.
Things to see and do: Bird watching along Putah Creek and at Solano Lake. Downtown Winters is full of great dining options, from casual coffee Putah Creek, Twine, Buckhorn Steakhouse and cyclist’s staples Steady Eddy’s at Winters Hotel Carboni’s, featuring hand-made pasta. For a thirst-quenching beer after the hike, opt for Berryessa Brewing, Hooby’s Brewing, or Green River Brewing & Taproom.