Explore the most popular birding trails in Skyline Wilderness Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really nice. At some high points you can see the bay (or coast?). We took the Skyline Trail most of the way up then crossed over to Lake Maria road on way down since it was pretty steep and slippery on way up. Going down was easy on the road.

Absolutely loved this hike. The weather was perfectly fall and there was so much about this hike that my husband Justin and I loved. Glad we wore layers because some came off and some came on as the weather demanded. It was a birthday hike too and I'm so glad we picked this one to celebrate. Lots of water everywhere given the recent rains. And the views are amazing. I particularly loved the variety of views and the feel of the rolling hills as you ascend the mountain. What a great hike, great lake, and a great way to spend the afternoon. Met some wonderful fellow hikers - added bonus!

hiking
21 days ago

Wandered a bit and our route was more like Skyline to Bayleaf to Manzanita. Exceptional hike. Moderately challenging, but rewarding with amazing views of Napa (and the bay from the top of the ridge), a meadow and varying terrain. Saw turkeys, deer, quail, woodpeckers and many smaller birds. Spectacular park.

Fear hits! Due to wildfires, we didn’t see as far as we would have, but it was a great hike!

Nice with great views!

mountain biking
1 month ago

50% bike ride 50% walk because of the hills

trail running
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. A variety of difficulty including Hard! Wonderful views ! Appreciated reading the previous comments, some very different from my experience but every day is different. I completed in about 3 hours.

well marked..lots of coverage.. go opposite direction to do steep first and have a hike stick - that be mighty helpful. The down is quite slippery for a short bit but otherwise great hike would recommend

This trail was gorgeous and a great for a morning run.

First of all, this app is terrific! It kept us on the trail whenever the signs were confusing. I agree with the other reviews that going clockwise would be preferred. To go that way you must start out behind the entrance building.

In the sun the entire time...being plenty of water. Took about 3 hours to complete. $5 entry to get into the park.

on Lake Marie Trail

4 months ago

After climbing like crazy all week we were looking forward to an easy trail. Maybe tired legs made this tougher but be prepared for some uphill.

If you like to make jerky with your leg skin, then this is the trail for you. lower trail was great, upper trail was hell. over grown with a ton of thorns. ouch

Fun quick trail some good views and not too rough.

First thing, you have you pay a $5 dollar say use fee to hike. It's well worth the money if your up for the challenge. If you hike the whole loop, skyline trail to sugarloaf trail on to manzanita trail, your in for about a 3 hour walk. I started at 10:00 a.m. and finished at 1:00 p.m., covering 7.8 miles and 2,040 ft elevation change. I didnt see any rattlesnakes, hogs, deer, cougars etc. Does not mean that they are not there, so be mindful. I would not recommend bringing children, as some areas are very steep and slippery and it gets extremly hot. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated!! Overall a fun, tough hike. Have fun and be safe!!

trail running
6 months ago

Dry and extremely hot in the middle of the day. Recommend wearing long pants given the narrow trails and significant overgrowth.

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of signage to find the trails, many of which branch off this one. It's a well-shaded trail—road, actually—so it's great on a hot day. Pretty much up, up, up on the way to Lake Marie (which is not real impressive, but ok). If you have time, take another trail down instead of the road, just for interest's sake. Going up is not a difficult climb, just relentlessly uphill.

Beautiful in the spring! Super green and beautiful wild flowers

8 months ago

lots of elevation change but beautiful in winter! some trails still recovering from fire

The fire destroyed quite a bit of beautiful scenery but, it also created a different kind of beauty. I went off the "beaten path" as I tend to do. It is well worth the views. Do so at your own risk.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful day in February (dry times) for this old guy to trapse around the hills. Good workout and nice views.

hiking
10 months ago

I did this hike after a couple of days of rain. Trails were a little wet and muddy but not terribly so that it wasn’t enjoyable. Being the middle of winter was also nice because ticks weren’t active. I have heard that they are prevalent during the spring and summer. There is minimal water source so bring your own. You will venture on a couple of creeks and small lake you could get water but be sure to filter. They had just reopened the trails. The fire had hit several sections and they had to clear away lots of burnt trees. Manzanita trail was hit hard. THe Tuteur loop trail was closed. This section is schedule to open in a couple of weeks. The hike had many open views of the Napa valley and even Benicia/Martinez area. A good mix of shade and open area. The hike from Skyline Trail to SugarLoaf Peak was steep and a narrow single track. The fire was evident here as well but one could see young growth already starting. There is biking, horseback as well. There is RV parking and tent camping at the park entrance if you want to make a night of it. Very clean and open. It took me 4.5 hours to do the 8.5 miles perimeters without the Tuteur Trail section. (Including a 30 minute lunch at the top of Sugar Loaf Peak)

Skyline has reopened! THANK YOU to all the volunteers who cleared burnt trees and other vegetation, repaired signs, and got the park back in shape. The rebirth is beautiful.

The Perimeter Loop is moderate except for the climb up to Sugarloaf and it's fairly steep in spots on the way down. It's a beautiful hike.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

This is a good hike and doesn't take that long. It's located very close to downtown Napa.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

A bit hard to find the trail head from the parking lot but it's a great sunny day hike with deer and turkeys right up to the trail edges. Beautiful views of wineries, downtown Napa and Silverado Trail.

hiking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Love this trail. I live just down the road so go on it a lot. Definitely tons of wildlife - NOT the trail to zone out and listen to your music on! Pay attention to snakes, pigs, lizards, turkeys, and deer aplenty. I've never seen a wildcat but know many people who have! I like to go counter-clockwise to kick off the workout in high gear and then take it easy the rest of the time. Also a good out and back if you go counter-clockwise to the Lake Marie and back.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Watch for rattlesnakes!

Park closes at 6:15pm in the summer!!!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Park closes at 6:15pm in the summer!!!!

This park closes at 6:15 in the summer!!!!!

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