Best Trails near Calistoga, California

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on Ritchey Canyon Trail and ...
8 days ago

hiking

I did Ritchey Canyon to Spring Trail to South Fork to Coyote Peak, which looped back to the Redwoods Trail. This was 5.35 miles and 1,924 feet of climbing (according to Runkeeper).

I came across several deer on Ritchey Trail and a rattle snake up on the rocks of Coyote Peak Trail, so keep an eye out.

Don't bother with the last ascent up to Coyote Peak. It's gnarly and you really cannot see anything because of the trees! The best view is at the trail marker on the exposed rocks below the final ascent. I did not go up to the Homestead site.

I had no trouble following the trail markers to create my own loop.

on Table Rock Trail
10 days ago

hiking

At age 73, having done the Yosemite Creek Trail from Tioga Road into Yosemite Valley last week and Crater Mountain in Mono Craters a month ago, this was not particularly difficult today, more like good excercise for a good night's sleep. This is definitely more physically challenging than Mount St. Helena and the complete Oat Hill Mine Road, but only because of the uneven nature of the trail and the steepness in some places. The temperature was in the eighties, which was a definite factor. Two liters of water were more than adequate after pre-hike hydration. There are spectacular views, particularly at Table Rock, which make this hike more than worthwhile. Would highly recommend this to anyone, but would caution someone who is older to wear good hiking shoes, bring plenty of water...over hydrate, bring some energy source, and be sure you are prepared for very uneven footing and large elevation change.

on Ritchey Canyon Trail and ...
24 days ago

hiking

Quiet setting for a mild hike.

on Historic Oat Hill Mine Road to Holm...
1 month ago

hiking

Great

on Mount Saint Helena Trail
1 month 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.

on Napa History Trail Hike
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful vistas ,but the terrain on Coyote Peak Trail is difficult at certain locations near the peak.

on Historic Oat Hill Mine Road to Holm...
1 month ago

hiking

on Mount Saint Helena Trail
1 month ago

hiking

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.

on Historic Oat Hill Mine Ro...
1 month ago

Hot, rugged and rocky but worth it for the views and Pallisades

on Mount Saint Helena Trail
1 month ago

Gorgeous views

on Table Rock to Palisades t...
1 month ago

Long, hard and hot but Pallisades are spectacular

on Table Rock Trail
1 month ago

Pretty wildflower sin spring

on Mount Saint Helena Trail
3 months ago

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

on Ritchey Canyon Trail and ...
3 months ago

hiking

Good trail with some small creek crossings, redwood trees, slight elevation change, some nice open paths, brushy areas, areas with poisen oak, wear good shoes as there are a few areas where you may slip if you dont have good traction.

on Mount Saint Helena Trail
3 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.

on Historic Oat Hill Mine Ro...
3 months ago

Trail is uphill the whole way, but a nice, moderate incline with plenty of shade along the way. I hiked until the trail split off to the Palisades trail, ate lunch and admired the view, then came back down. All in all I believe I took about 5-6 hours to complete the hike. The views of the valley and the palisades are beautiful. Next time when I have more time I'd like to do it as part of the greater Palisades/Mount Saint Helena hike. Definitely recommend!

on Table Rock Trail
3 months ago

hiking

Great workout, and the unusual rock art done by either native american's or someone who had a lot of spare time, are fascinating.