Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area

MODERATE 24 reviews

Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Napa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1053 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

22 days ago

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3 months ago

Fairly easy but can get hot in afternoons

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7 months ago

8 months ago

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10 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Beautiful views!

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Beautiful view of the valley. We took our 3 year old, hiked most of the way up. Pretty steep and rocky in some parts.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great hike. Steep in the beginning but levels out at the top. The views of the valley are vast and incredible. Rector Reservoir seems low at this time of year but tempting to visit. The lake is closed to the public and even if it was open the hike down and up would be brutal. Saw some hunters on our way up coming down from a longer trip then we were going to take. They said they went to the "antenna" which was about a half mile from were we turned around. My boys 7 and 4 made it with no problem but if you have little ones that tend to whine I would pick a different trip. This hike puts the valley in great perspective and we will be doing this one again for sure.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Marvellous views, nice variety of wildflowers, good exercise. the farther reaches of the trail are lightly trafficked so the path is a little hard to distinguish, but fun to explore. Do take care as there is poison oak right at trail's edge in several locations.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

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Friday, February 12, 2016

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

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Friday, January 02, 2015

This is a great winter hike as long as it's not raining too much as it will be muddy. But when it's dry and cool there are no snakes the no stickers and it's beautifully green.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

In reply to Brian Hum's concerns, that sign refers to the CDVA lands which cover the reservoir and surrounding lands. The Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area borders those lands. Stay on the trails and don't bushwhack towards the reservoir and you'll be fine. The wildlife area is public lands for hunting and hiking. For more info and an overview map you can visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at the link below. All the nice things about this hike have already been stated. The hike starts out very steep but the views you will have of Napa Valley is well worth the walk.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

There's a huge sign at the entrance to the hike that says the hike is closed to the public, citing some obscure CA law(as of 24 Feb 13). Hike at your own risk!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012