Please enjoy all the activities we have to offer to the public from the Martha Walker Native Plants Garden, Disc Golf Course, Camping and Picnicking and our many fabulous trails for Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding. No Dogs Allowed On Trails! Winter Hours (Until Spring Time Change) 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Summer Hours (Spring Time Change to Sept 30th) 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Fall Hours (Oct 1st Until Fall Time Change) 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
This was a picturesque hike in Skyline Wilderness park. The hike was 7-mile hike (3.5 hours) with a total ascent of 1,550 feet. It was a moderate hike with some good strenuous climb. We hiked the Skyline trail to Lake Marie, had a break at the lake, and then we took the Upper Marie Creek trail to Bayleaf trail, and turned to the Buckeye trail and back to the trail head.
My wife and I enjoyed this hike after some morning shopping in Napa. It took two hours with a 20 minute picnic break. We went clockwise and were happy with our decision. This way gives you more shade on the climb up and then great views of Napa on the final descent back to the parking lot. The trail is about a third fire roads, but the other two thirds is composed of hiking trails. The loop takes you through a nice variety of habitats. There are bathrooms and water at the parking lot. There is a port-o-potty about midway through the hike, but no water on the trails. One warning, though. I'm not sure who created this trail, but it's not an official park trail. This is a collection of other trails so there are no signs for the "Lower Skyline Loop" trail. However, the All Trails App worked great and there was reception, so we had an easy reference whenever we came to an unmarked fork in the road.
Love it, I run it at least once a week. Its an excellent interval workout, with fantastic views, especially if you take Skyline to the top to loop around and Chapperell on the way out. Bring water! IMPORTANT: *Keep attention though*, the place is not joking about the Rattlesnakes, Wild pigs, Coyotes, and Mountain Lions that they warn you about on the many signs on the way to the trailhead. I run into at least one or 2 of those things every week. Making Noise on certain parts of the trail or going in a group is a good way to avoid problems, but makes it less likely to see wildlife. The Coyotes will run away, The mountain lions are very shy, My eye is always looking in the trail grass for rattlesnakes, and well; The wild pigs are *a**holes (but rarely encountered) Have fun!
It was a beautiful hike actually took Skyline to Buckeye so we could see the lakes then took Lower Marie Creek back. Marie was pretty sunny tho so I wouldn't suggest on a hot day. Overall wonderful day will go back to concur all of Skyline.