Lower Skyline Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Napa, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
This loop in the lower section of Skyline Wilderness Park is a fantastic hike through rugged hills that starts right on the edge of the city of Napa. With isolated vistas overlooking San Pablo Bay and Marie Creek Canyon, the hike offers varied scenery and solitude just minutes from downtown. NOTE: Park hours change seasonally. Check with the staff for current hours. FEE: $5 CONTACT: (707) 252-0481
Nice trail, great views, good length to give you time to see wineries in the afternoon. Don't be confused by the park's Lower Skyline Trail, this loop actually takes you on the regular Skyline Trail.
Also, I think next time I would do it the opposite direction, going clockwise.
Nice moderate hike. Up and down elevation, well shaded trails and nice scenic views of the valley. Good 2-2.5 hours of exercise
Many trails to choose from and venture off of. Beautiful views but bring a lot of water! More walking up hill than there is walking down hill
My wife and I enjoyed this hike after some morning shopping in Napa. It took two hours with a 20 minute picnic break. We went clockwise and were happy with our decision. This way gives you more shade on the climb up and then great views of Napa on the final descent back to the parking lot. The trail is about a third fire roads, but the other two thirds is composed of hiking trails. The loop takes you through a nice variety of habitats. There are bathrooms and water at the parking lot. There is a port-o-potty about midway through the hike, but no water on the trails. One warning, though. I'm not sure who created this trail, but it's not an official park trail. This is a collection of other trails so there are no signs for the "Lower Skyline Loop" trail. However, the All Trails App worked great and there was reception, so we had an easy reference whenever we came to an unmarked fork in the road.