Bale Grist Mill History Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calistoga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
This short hike provides an overview of some of Napa Valley's pioneer history and journey through several of the region's plant communities. It connects two state parks in one short trip with visits through an early historic cemetery and the watershed that supplied the restored old grist mill. Not a leg burner but it can provide a nice workout if you let it. The park is about halfway between Calistoga and Saint Helena in Napa Valley on Highways 29/128 in a convenient touring location. It is also connected to the Bale Grist Mill SHP. There are family and group picnicking sites and camping facilities with restrooms and showers. Bothe-Nappa Valley is one of only two state parks with a swimming pool (seasonal).
Go on a day when the mill is open for a great piece of California history then take the trail over the hill into the state park next door.
I went with a friend and our kids, she has two toddlers and they did well with a little encouragement and fairy searching. Next time we would like to try one of the longer hikes nearby without the littles.
Beautiful vistas ,but the terrain on Coyote Peak Trail is difficult at certain locations near the peak.
Go to Napa Bothe Valley State Park, drive past the turn-off to the campsites and park at the end of the road, the historic trail starts here.The trail is easy to moderate in places, take water and a small donation for the tour at the end..You hike past a old pioneer cemetery and through a fine example of California foothill oak/madrone type forest and wind up at the Bale Grist mill, the only operating stone wheat mill left in California!
This is a fun and moderate hike from Bothe-Napa SP, past the Pioneer Cemetery to the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. Great day hike for families with a really cool working mill that the docents have really put a lot of work and effort into restoring to it's original state.