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Mount Saint Helena Trail

HARD 66 reviews

Mount Saint Helena Trail is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Calistoga, California 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 2208 feet Out & Back

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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.

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22 hours ago

Moderate hike in my opinion, with a gradual 2,000 ft climb. We started at 9:30 am and were back to the car around 2:30, including a few stops and lunch at the summit. The parking area was getting busy. After a mile or so of a shaded hiking trail, the fire road then takes you to the summit. Weather wasn't exactly on our side at the summit. Descending, however, the trail provided amazing views of Napa/Sonoma County, (glimpses of) Lake Berryessa, and distance snow covered high Sierras. As of 2/18 the snow has completely melted. My advice would be to try to hike this on a clear day.

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7 days ago

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18 days ago

Did this hike at the end of Jan. 2017. there were a few stretches of melting snow towards the top, but the trail was still heavily used. First mile and a quarter is trail and after that its a two track fuel break/service road all the way to the summit. The views are expansive from the top, on clear winter days you can see downtown San Fransisco, Mt. Shasta, Tahoe basin, Point Reyes, Snow Mountain, Hull Mountain, Mt. Konocti. Moderate day hike.

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22 days ago

27 days ago

Snow towards the top, absolutely beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a easy hike best views in Sonoma county

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2 months ago

Nice view

2 months 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.

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2 months 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
2 months ago

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

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5 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.

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