Ultracyclist Deb Banks never turns down a chance to do this relatively easy ride, especially
in the evening when the moon is full. The trail begins on the Davis bike path off of Lake Boulevard in Davis and continues over Stevenson Bridge onto Putah Creek Road all the way to Winters. The route is mostly flat and includes the breathtaking sights and sounds of bluebirds, woodpeckers and dozens of other species in the Putah Creek Wildlife Area. This route includes a 15-mile loop around Lake Solano, which has a 565-foot climb if you want more strenuous exercise and exquisite scenery.
Distance: 39 miles
Difficulty: Moderate, with 522 feet of climbing
Parking: Park at Starbucks (2038 Lyndell Terrace, Davis)
Restrooms: Winters City Park, Lake Solano County Park (may be closed due to pandemic)
Beware: On the way out from and back into Davis, you are on a bike path that crosses the road a few times. It’s important to stop and look both ways before crossing. Once you’re off the bike path and heading toward Stevenson Bridge, the road has clear lines of sight.
Things to see and do: Bird-watching along Putah Creek and at Lake Solano. Downtown Winters has plenty of terrific dining choices, from casual Putah Creek Café, Ficelle, Buckhorn Steakhouse and cyclists’ staple Steady Eddy’s to Carboni’s in Hotel Winters, boasting handmade pasta. For a post-ride, thirst-quenching beer, hit Berryessa Brewing, Hooby’s Brewing or Green River Brewing & Taproom.