Bale Grist Mill History Trail

EASY 20 reviews

Bale Grist Mill History Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Calistoga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.3 miles
488 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

This short hike provides an overview of some of Napa Valley's pioneer history and journey through several of the region's plant communities. It connects two state parks in one short trip with visits through an early historic cemetery and the watershed that supplied the restored old grist mill. Not a leg burner but it can provide a nice workout if you let it. The park is about halfway between Calistoga and Saint Helena in Napa Valley on Highways 29/128 in a convenient touring location. It is also connected to the Bale Grist Mill SHP. There are family and group picnicking sites and camping facilities with restrooms and showers. Bothe-Nappa Valley is one of only two state parks with a swimming pool (seasonal).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

VERY hot in the summer. But it was nice to see a little bit of history. Not as "easy" as the app says. Pretty much a 90 degree incline for the most of it.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

In terms of distance I would call this easy, but in terms of terrain I would call it moderate. Nice flush toilet bathrooms at the beginning of the trail. Some sections of the trail seem to follow the path of a dry stream bed and it is a little steep and very rocky. I have some mobility issues due to a previous hiking accident and I could not have done this trail without my walking poles. Bearing all of that in mind it was a great "first time back" hike. Nice balance of sunny spots and shade.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Go on a day when the mill is open for a great piece of California history then take the trail over the hill into the state park next door.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I went with a friend and our kids, she has two toddlers and they did well with a little encouragement and fairy searching. Next time we would like to try one of the longer hikes nearby without the littles.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Go to Napa Bothe Valley State Park, drive past the turn-off to the campsites and park at the end of the road, the historic trail starts here.The trail is easy to moderate in places, take water and a small donation for the tour at the end..You hike past a old pioneer cemetery and through a fine example of California foothill oak/madrone type forest and wind up at the Bale Grist mill, the only operating stone wheat mill left in California!

Friday, January 25, 2013

This is a fun and moderate hike from Bothe-Napa SP, past the Pioneer Cemetery to the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park. Great day hike for families with a really cool working mill that the docents have really put a lot of work and effort into restoring to it's original state.

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