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mountain biking
18 days ago

Really fun place to go, the best place is behind the golf course

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike today - even though it was pretty warm! It begins in the madrone forest so stays cool. And then it just goes up. I turned around at mile 5 but would say from mike 3-4.5 was the most interesting! Views and geology are amazing. Wish I’d brought my binoculars as there were many birds in the morning.
Also note that app says the trail
Is 6 miles to the end but the trail markers and map say it’s 8 miles.

Hiked this in September. We turned around shortly after the 4 mile marker because of the time . A good portion of the hike is wooded so a lot of shade . It opens up to a meadow area and the trail has a continuous incline in elevation. The views of the valley are awesome and although we were there on a Saturday morning, there was very little traffic on the trail. A few runners and a handful of other fellow hikers . Great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

One of our favorite hikes, we do it every time we visit the area.

I still have dreams of this beautiful trail!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trails in Northern California!

hiking
2 months ago

Great little trail, but very rocky. I always hike with my pole and it's advised on this trail. Some sun and some shade so bring plenty of water and wear a hat. There is a restroom at the entrance. Horses also enjoy this trail so watch out for the mess they leave. Not much of an elevation gain but the trail isn't entirely flat. There are signposts indicating the trail directions - it is a loop so just keep turning left.
Highly recommended for beginning hikers.

I'ts a shithole, transiant paradise!

mountain biking
3 months ago

This was a great trail, well maintained with lots of berms and table jumps. You can pedal up on a good road which makes the climb very manageable. I would highly recommend this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! I did the first four miles up Oat Mine trail, it is CLOSED from that point forward through September 23 due to wildfire risk. You can turn left though and continue on Palisades trail, which I did for an additional mile- this affords you some cool views looking back down on the trail you came up. Also about a half mile down Palisades there is a cool sort of cave that makes for a shaded lunch spot. Otherwise pretty sunny trail especially after the first few miles so bring lots of water and go early. I did my hike from 10-3 pm in August and it was really hot on the way down. Parking at the trail head is free but quite limited - I had no problem finding a spot but imagine it’s more popular in the cooler months.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this hike/run. Having read many disparate reviews of this trail without full context, two disclaimers: 1. I only had two hours, so I had to turn around after about four miles (eight miles round trip) and 2. I do a lot of trail running/races which include lots of elevation and rough terrain. That said, I thought this was an easy trail, elevation changes were mostly very manageable if not easy. Trail was well marked (there are numerous spurs, but it is very obvious they are spurs to intermittent high points to get a view) and the surface was almost perfect for trail running with the expected exposed rock and roots along the way to add a welcomed degree of difficulty to keep it interesting. The views were awesome! From interesting rock formations to sweeping views of the valley to fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and canyons this trail offers a visual treat. Lots of opportunity to hike up to different peaks to see a variety of views. Also, seeing the ruts in the rock of old wagon wheels was really cool. Just imagining miners making the trek in mule pulled wagons up this trail is facinating.
Regrettably, I did not make it quite to the Holm's homestead, but definitely will the next time I am in Napa. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone, but especially trail runners who want elevation gain. If you are not accustomed to hiking/trail running, this is still a great trail, but just be prepared and be realistic about your physical conditioning. A few things to keep in mind. First, there is very limited parking at the base of this trail. If you do not get there early, I would suggest parking toward Calistoga and walking over. Second, I would suggest starting early as I am sure it gets very warm later in the day and the only water will be what you bring. Third, definitely take the time to hike up some of the separate spurs from the trail for additional views. This trail, compared to Bothe and the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail to the Mt. St. Helena peak, is far superior in my opinion. Views are just as good as Mt. St. Helena and although you do not have the redwoods of Bothe, there are a lot of trees and beautiful rock formations. I also saw lots of wildlife (fortunately, no mountain lions!) including a large jack rabbit that sat patiently as I fumbled with my iPhone to take several pictures of him from about five feet away. To sum up, great trail, awesome views, and a great workout! Have fun and be safe! Go Billikens!

hiking
3 months ago

We were looking for a reasonably challenging hike with great views that we could do in under two hours. While no way to make the entire trail that quick, it was perfect, with a wide, well groomed trail through at least the first two miles. Super close to downtown Calistoga. Looking forward to going back to do the full trail.

mountain biking
3 months ago

This is hidden gem in Modesto. Love the single tracks along the creek. Great trails along the way. Lots of walkers, runners, and bicycles if you come early. The bathroom is clean near the basketball courts.
Lots of homeless people near the park if you come later. They seem to be living all along the creek. I would not come alone.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best of the dz trails I've done in the area over the last 10 days. Not much to choose from in the summer in the flatland. The best parts of the hike were the side trails that the mountain bikers have done and keep up. I would've rated this higher if there weren't so many homeless people living here and using it for their dump... The backside between the 2 pedestrian bridges shouldn't be done by women or children. Sketchy at best... The creek itself looks like a chemical wasteland. Heard one frog jump. 97 when I got off the trail...

Nice trail, not terribly difficult on a very warm, sunny day. There was a fair amount of shade and decent views of Green Valley. Following the trail markers was somewhat challenging (and my GPS went a bit wonky), but it didn't take away from the enjoyment. Also, $3/person for day permit.

mountain biking
4 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is easily one of the best trails in the area. Killer views the whole way, and at the top an absolutely amazing lookout spot perfect for sitting on a rock and having some lunch. Very fun for hiking and mountain biking. On the way down you can go extremely fast on your bike without having to worry about it being too technical.

I agree this is a ditch not a river. The only time it could be considered a creek is when there is an abundance of rain. Then there is the issue of homeless and drug users. I’ve lived in this area for over 30 years and every year seems worse then the year before. Don’t waste your time!

off road driving
5 months ago

NO 4 x 4, no off-road allowed, no motor vehicles.

Sunday morning, plenty of walkers, bikers, dig walking etc. felt completely safe.

hiking
5 months ago

Not ideal for hiking. With the amount of bike traffic you are constantly dodging Mountain Bikers. It gets better towards the Armstrong but only a little.

walking
5 months ago

I really like this trail, it’s pretty peaceful, been coming to this trail for the last 5 years. :)

hiking
5 months ago

rocky terrain, lots of streams, completed the loop in a little more than one hour. its not well marked but just keep in mind that it is a loop, so if u make the loop larger at the forks it will take you on longer loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful hike, beautiful scenery. Water still flowing in places. Lots of wildflowers. I walked much more than the loop, hiked several trails over a four plus hour period. Well worth the trip. I will return.

An all day hike. The fall and spring are the best times for this trail.

Nice hike, took my 3 and 5 year old sons. Both made it with few complaints. Many interweaving trails that all follow the same general direction, however can be confusing as main trail has very few markers. All in all was enjoyable lightly trafficked trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Rocky trail, very pretty

Love this place! Makes you feel like your in another world. Has good trails to bomb down if you can make it to the top!!

on Red Hills Loop Trail

hiking
6 months ago

It was a great day, water still running a little.

walking
6 months ago

Easy walking trail. It’s all cement so it makes it pretty easy to walk.. just watch out for the homeless people some will decide to pee down the river or hide there to do drugs. which is gross if you want to go down to see the river. Keep them out please...

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