Ritchey Canyon Trail and Coyote Peak

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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Ritchey Canyon Trail and Coyote Peak is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Calistoga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,017 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

fee

no dogs

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park stands as a reminder of the natural flora and fauna of the area before the vineyards arose. A visit to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park allows hikers to make a trip back in time. The park is a still-forested hill nestled among several of the famous valley's wineries. It stands as a reminder of the natural flora and fauna of the area before much of it was cleared to create vineyards. Though the trees and other plants have been largely removed from the land used as vineyards, the soils and microclimates that have drawn grape growers for over 100 years remain. The park is also teeming with plants used by Native Americans in the region, who were likely the first people to use the Valley's bounties to make intoxicating concoctions. Most of the park is rugged, with elevations ranging from 300 to 2,000 feet. You will notice a pattern in the vegetation: the forests are on the north-facing slopes and in canyons, while south-facing slopes tend to be brushy; redwoods grow only near creeks or springs. Plant life hides much of the park's geology, which is principally volcanic, but you can see a reminder of the area's violent geologic past in the volcanic ash cliffs of upper Ritchey Canyon. The park is home to raccoons, gray squirrels, deer, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes to name a few, but they are sometimes difficult to spot because of their nocturnal habits and the heavy forest cover. Several species of birds can be easily detected though, including the six kinds of woodpecker that inhabit the park. The spectacular crow-sized pileated woodpecker is one of them. On a more rare occasion a spotted owl can be found, perched high in a redwood tree. Located by the entrance to the park is the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center and entrance station are open intermittently when staffing is available. Brochures (hiking maps) are also available by mail. Next to the park's visitor center is the Native American Garden which displays some of the plants important to the first people of this area. Today, many of the same plants are used by the Wappo people.

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty hike through forest. Almost no view at peak due to overgrowth but nice view at split to peak for look back at canyon.

So much mud. Ate shit. But still completely wonderful in every way.

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fee
muddy
5 months ago

Showed up on Christmas Day expecting solitude; actually came across three other couples. The creek is running, which made for a nice ambiance. Plenty of ferns and moss-covered trees with redwoods interspersed.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

excellent with steep portions. fine for age 8+

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with bubbling creek! Plenty of shade but beware of the poison oak, I suggest wearing pants.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked w Violet

Nice well shaded hike through forest and streams. Parts of the Ritchey Canyon Trail is closed for maintenance. Had to alternate between Redwood Trail and Ritchey Canyon Trail to complete loop. Actual apex of Coyote Point was uneventful but the climb up was fun.

Some part of the trail is closed. But beautiful!

Fun trail with great variation but be warned there is TONS of poison oak growing on the sides of the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Well shaded moderate hike. Paths in great condition although some closed for restoration but not on this specific route. The creak was still bubbling- even in September!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful! Poison oak is so close to the trail, wear pants.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike today! Starts of easy peasy, strolling next to a bubbling creek in the forest and slowly increases incline until the summit. Don't get me wrong, there's certainly some challenging steep parts but overall a fairly consistent hike. As mentioned below, lots of different terrain (including a small but lovely waterfall) which kept it interesting but definitely spots with a lot of poison oak. If you're aware and hug the trail you should be fine. (We'll find out tomorrow!) The downfall to the beautiful creek and little springs throughout the trail is mosquitoes. bring the bug repellant for sure. There were some trail closures brought to my attention by the ranger and then of course during the hike. This route goes around all of that and is easy to follow so didn't impact my hike in the least. With breaks this hike took me less than 2.5 hours and I only passed 4 other people on the trail. All well worth the $8 fee.

I think I would have enjoyed the trail more if it wasn’t such a hot day. Really enjoyed the waterfall and the redwood areas. The view from Coyote Peak is not great ( crowded out by trees) but a little ways from the top, over the rocky area- the view is amazeballs. Bring lots of water, take your time!

hiking
10 months ago

Trail offered different terrains and vegetation. There were a few steep inclines. Lots of twists and turns to keep it interesting.

hiking
10 months ago

Not busy today when we went. Great proximity to Napa wineries.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail with diverse terrain. Trails offer a combination of wide paths and narrow, heavily brush/wooded footage. There are a few areas where you cross over streams. The conditions were dry for us but I can see the potential for slippery conditions on the way up Coyote Peak. Mostly shaded except for the summit of Coyote Peak. Trail is nicely marked. As always, great to have our All Trails to ensure we are staying the course. Get out and hike!!!

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

Beautiful area and was not crowded once off the main trail. Only complaint is the density of the poison oak and how it invaded parts of the trails. The consequence is we were mostly looking down to avoid it instead of looking up and around at the trees, wildflowers, birds and landscape. I would not be shocked if in 3 days some of us have poison oak because it was impossible to completely avoid. Shade on much of trails was nice.

Awesome trail. Couple of things. Trail head is at the entrance of Booths State Park. There is an $8 day use fee, well worth it. Lots of water and shade.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
Sun May 26 2019

We started this trail around 0930 and it took us about 2.5 hours. It was such a beautiful hike. There was a posting about ticks but we didn’t have any issues. Definitely poison oak in spots but as long as you stay on the trail and watch out for it, you’ll be fine! Loved it and would recommend doing this hike.

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Had the best day of my life

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bridge out
rocky
Sat Apr 20 2019

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 31 2019

What a beautiful trail. Creek was rushing which was challenging for some of the hikers I met. I went up Richie Canyon trail to intersection with South Fork then down to Redwood Trail for a beautiful loop along the creek and through the redwoods and fir trees. $8 fee was a bit steep but worth supporting our state park system. Definitely worth the time if you are up in wine country and looking to get away from the crowds.

Sat Nov 24 2018

its great hike,shady and well maintained.Had a good hike and workout. i went all the way to upper ritchey and encountered 2 down huge trees.And no other signs if i should keep going so i turned around. Total of 9.8 miles from the trailhead.

Wed Aug 01 2018

Good but the brush at the peak was too tall for a view of the valley .

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