Mount Saint Helena Trail

HARD 39 reviews

Mount Saint Helena Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Calistoga, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.6 miles 2209 feet Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Take in awesome views on a hike to the summit of the highest peak in the California Wine Country. You might forget you came for the wine when you gaze upon the stunning panorama at the 4,342 summit of Mount St. Helena in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. The peak north of Calistoga looms large above the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma counties in the Northern California Wine Country. The five-mile hike to the summit has over 2,000 feet of elevation gain, so be ready for a workout. The hike starts on Stevenson Memorial Trail, climbing just under a mile and passing through the area where the famed author Robert Louis Stevenson ("Kidnapped," "Treasure Island) honeymooned with his new bride in 1880. Next in line is the Mount St. Helena Trail, an old logging road that climbs to the summit over about four miles. Note your turn-off point or you might miss it on the way back. While the wide dirt road to the summit lacks the appeal of a single-track trail, the eye-popping views of the terrain below are a welcome trade-off. Best time to go: Clear winter days will offer the clearest views, especially a day or two after a storm goes through. Spring and fall should be gorgeous, but summer will probably be too hot and the Wine Country too crowded.

walking
2 days ago

Nice view

6 days ago

Great hike. Not steep at all for how high you clime. Views are awesome. It's a great way to see Sonoma Napa and Lake counties. If you go off the trail be careful as there are giant cliffs.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike but car got broken into in the parking lot. According to Sheriffs department that lot is notorious for breaking. Just beware - even if you're stuff is out of sight.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful this time of year. Not to hot, not to cool. Ended up top above the clouds. Great views

hiking
29 days ago

2 months ago

The views are incredible. It is a long grinding walk, although not difficult. Tends to be very sunny and hot. Parking can be a challenge. Get there early.

4 months ago

Not challenging but requires fitness for long gradual uphill walk. Magnificent views all the way up and the top is amazing. All the way to San Francisco Bay on a clear day.

hiking
5 months ago

While the first mile or so is dirt trail hiking, the rest is up a fire road. So while the views are spectacular, the immediate surroundings are pretty bleak.

5 months ago

Gorgeous views

6 months ago

It was nice! When we got to the top it was very cold my hands were freezing. The view it's beautiful

6 months ago

Nice, moderate level hike. I did it in fog/rain so the views were nonexistent, but I can imagine how great it is in nicer weather. I'll revise my rating if/when I do it again. The meh part for me was the trail. I'd rather walk up dirt paths than gravel roads. Kind of takes away from the illusion that I'm in nature.

7 months ago

It was a good hike. I would give it 3.5 stars. Amazing view at the top. Like other reviews said, it is mostly in the sun so I wouldn't do it on a very hot day.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
8 months ago

While your out exploring wine country be sure to check out his mountaintop trail dedicated to writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Give yourself plenty of time, its over 9 miles round trip and take generous amounts of liquids, no water features save a very small spring near the bottom.The trail is moderate with some strenuous
areas. Interesting combination of volcanic and foothill type terrain.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with incredible views. Recommend a clear winter day for the best viewing. Little to no shade, so summer hikes are pretty brutal.

hiking
10 months ago

Great little hike. Easy incline and beautiful views from the top. Most of the trail is on a fire road with a slight incline. Along the way there were also options to climb more steeply.
In the winter, I'd recommend starting this one early so you can avoid a return in the shade of the south peak.

geocaching
1 year ago

What a workout ! However ... the entire trail is in the sun with no shade! Cars actually drove pass me. I assume the go to the top for hand gliding. view is beautiful...

1 year ago

I have ran or jogged this trail some 300 times. first time I was hurting and as I came up to the first switchback, there was a herd of Doberman pitchers being walked by a lady. scaired, yes I was. as I came closer a sigh of relief, goats, there goats! I was going to live. nice fire road, long and sometimes hot with goats. I wouldn't call it difficult just long.

hiking
1 year ago

not too steep.... great long distance gradual elevation. great hike.