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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although nothing remains of Stevensons cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit. The area features rough terrain, with evergreen forests in the canyons on north-facing slopes and chaparral on the south-facing slopes. There is a five-mile hike to the top of Mt. St. Helena from which one can see much of the San Francisco Bay Area. On good days the top of Mt. Shasta can be seen, 192 miles in the distance. To protect the park's wildlife and other natural resources, dogs are not permitted in this park. Open sunrise to sunset.

8 days 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.

Great hike! It has a variety of challenges, but nothing too strenuous. Views are tremendous all the way.

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!

Nice hike with somewhat challenging elevation. Cool rock formations and some nice views. great for a short hike

23 days ago

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

A Nice hike. The stone formations were interesting.

The hardest hike I have ever been on, I parked in Calistoga and went up from there, it was brutal and beautiful.
I went alone but not the smartest idea for this trail.
Be very careful the last mile below table rock, there are 3 wrong trails you could get on accidentally that can run you into trouble if you took it too far. Watch your map closely in this section.
Bring at least 1/2 gallon of water it took me about 5+ hours to complete. But well worth the long trip

Most of the hike is on a service road. It is really cool hiking this trail when you are familiar with the mountains and towns of the surrounding area. I would hike, bike, or run this trail with friends again.

I found this hike to be very well marked and easy to follow, with plenty of signs including mileage. Limited but free parking off the side of the road with trailhead on the right side of the road coming from Santa Rosa. Truly wonderful hike, I did it in the late afternoon and early evening and recommend this time of day as it’s not too hot and the light was beautiful.

The trail after Table Rock is in pretty poor condition and hard to find. Definitely have the map handy. I ended up loosing the trail completely and only doing about 11 miles. I’ll have to go back when there are less leaves and brush or with someone who knows the trail well. But the views and the labyrinth are amazing and worth the sunny hillsides.

We only did the trail from the top to the bottom. Not sure how it says 19 miles. The markers says 2.2 miles to table rock and once to table rock it says it’s 8.2 miles to Calistoga I believe. The palisades trail portion in between table rock and oat hill mine trail is in very bad shape. Trees down that you have to climb through and lost the trail 2-3 times. Beautiful views though.

I still have dreams of this beautiful trail!

Beautiful hike, every season here in Acadia!

1 month ago

One of my favorite trails in Northern California!

2 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.

2 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!

2 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.

Great views of the valley on the top of the mountain. Most of the hike is a wide fire road that an suv can go on. It offers practically no shade and gets really hot in the summer. I was a little disappointed to see all the satellites, antennas and some sort of power generator right at the top of the mountain. Definitely takes away from the serenity of the scene.

4 stars because the hike itself is somewhat boring but 5 star views. I would say the hike is 4 portions. 1st is switchbacks through forest, you have tree cover which is nice but you're near the highway. This brings you to the monument for RLS. Next portion is beginning of fire road to great view looking south/west and the rock that people climb all the time. Next portion us fire road that still has intermittent views and brings you to a crest. Last portion is the final like 1.5 miles where the grade feels tougher, you are more exposed, and there was no breeze for me until you summit. Last portion is by far the toughest but the view at the top is pretty awesome. I did the whole hike in about 3 hours not including my 15-30 minute break at the top. Great hike for building mental toughness because it can be such a slog. Start early as possible to avoid midday sun.

mountain biking
3 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.

This trail is so much fun for mountain biking! It can be a little difficult to find the trail head, but the best way I was able to was just search up Aetna Springs road and follow it until the little parking area. The road gets a little bit rough, and muddy, with lots of rocks to get around. This may very depending on the time of year, I was there during the rainy seasons both times I’ve gone. So maybe plan on taking a higher vehicle preferably with 4WD. But it’s well worth it, awesome views and even a stretch that has some cool caves and rocks you can climb on. Be careful climbing though, one time I slipped on some moss and fell about 20 feet and went into a roll. I was completely uninjured somehow... the downhill ride is super fun too.

3 months ago

this was a great hike. Scenic in several spots with some short steep sections. near the top is an are where past hikers have built various stone formations. highly recommend.

Varied terrain and nice payoff at end.

The section between the labyrinth and table rock is in poor condition which adds to the difficulty. The views are excellent.

4 months ago

Good easy trail with distant views. The upper half of the trail is a dirt road which makes the hike pretty leisurely. The first wooded part has some rugged rocks, but it’s not bad. The views were really nice at the top!

4 months ago

I give it 5 stars for the view throughout the hike and especially at the summit, as you sit down and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding counties. The vegetation is slowly growing back and most seem respectful to thread lightly and not disturbing the environment much. I wish they'd allow dogs here to hike.

4 months ago

Did this one on Memorial Day, started at 7am and had incredible views of Calistoga and the Napa Valley to ourselves.The winds were so strong around the first peak that we had to turn around, they almost blew us over at one time and he dirt from the road flew in our eyes. Will try again another day to reach the top.

4 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views. Lots of poison oak but it's easy to avoid. You don't need hiking boots but I agree that flip flops probably wouldn't be good footwear for this particular hike.

4 months ago

Very tough hike! The day I was there it was sunny with a nice breeze, there isn't much shade so make sure you wear sunscreen and wear a hat, I also suggest bring plenty of water! There is a lot of fire damage but you still get amazing views, one of the most amazing hikes I've been on definitely planning on going back soon!

5 months ago

This trail was a great workout. It's a fire road for the 4.2 miles to the tower. Lots of burn scars from the recent fires but the views were amazing and lots of wild flowers. We will be back again.

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