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Rector Reservoir Wildlife Area is a 3.4 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.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,131 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

No dogs

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Reviews (90)
Photos (62)
Recordings (66)
Completed (130)
Amy Zu
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HikingRocky

steep climb with lots of rocks. nice views of the Napa valley vineyards and the reservoir. Also dog friendly

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Kelly M.
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Hiking

Nice views of the valley and the reservoir. We only went 1 mile up (it was pretty rocky, hot and we heard a rattlesnake), so we decided to turn back. Take it easy on the way down as the rocks and sand make it slippery. The weeds along the trail also have spikes in them, so wear tall socks or pants!

Aubrey Schwieger
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HikingOver grown

Very pretty views overlooking the valley. It’s steep and rocky, but also has a lot of dirt, which makes it extremely slippery going back down. I would recommend this for those with quicker reflexes. We had to turn back early because we were caught in a really hot morning, but we still enjoyed the views - even a mile up is enough to see!

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Guillaume Chaussinand
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble
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Kali Marie
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Hiking

Not the most exciting hike but a great, quick-ish path for serious incline cardio. Stunning views of the valley from multiple points. Lots of ticks right now.

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D L.
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

The parking lot only fits 2 large cars, or you can fit a 3rd smaller car if you can wedge it on the other side of the tiny lot. Do not block the gate at the end of the lot. There were so many ticks that we decided to turn around around 0.5miles because we were wearing shorts, so we did not complete the hike. The trail is not maintained very well, and it was overgrown with tall grasses with ticks on almost every piece of grass.

Molly Robert
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Hiking

Surprisingly diverse. Great views! Hiking with the hawks- beautiful wildflowers.

Jeremiah Peck
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HikingRocky
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Erik Swanson
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Hiking

Not long nor committing. Just steep enough to get your heart rate up and a quick view.

Russ Seamon
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Hiking

Steep climb right off the rip. Beautiful views! Be careful Coming back down. Some of the steeper sections have loose gravel and can surprise you.

Whitney W
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Nancy Alvarez
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Highly recommend going earlier in the morning as opposed to afternoon especially with the heat! It’s a bit tricky finding the start of the trail but it’s to the right hand of the gated fence you’ll find a path that leads you upward. Also there is no parking. I suggest if you’re lucky to find parking across the street at Paraduxx to take it if not this second time I went I parked on the side of the road and it was fine. This was my second time doing this and I had the great idea of hiking at around 1pm — safe to say I was dying from the heat! Bring lots of water!!! I would recommend wearing long pants just to be safe you don’t get any cuts from the plants/bushes etc. View once you get to the top is AMAZING! Enjoy :)

Herb Fredricksen
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HikingNo shadeRocky

wear pants go early good workout great views

Jason Gardiner
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Phew! This one kicked my butt with 1,200 foot elevation climb in the first 0.75 mile. The views of the Valley are amazing the entire way! Like all the other reviews, pants are recommended. I was in shorts, which wasn’t too bad, but I picked up a few scratches. Coming down was almost worse because it’s so steep. I’ll be back when it’s a bit cooler.

Karen Schenck
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
Jerry Thompson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Thank you(previous reviewer) for the comment about the thorny bushes through out the hike! Wear hiking pants! Go early like 7am or 8 am before it gets hot! Parking is crappy but you can park on side of road.

Gio Gujarati
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Hiking

Must cover legs and ankles as the flowers along the trail are thorny. Steady on the way down - fairly slippery in some places. Nice views of the valley.

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