Skyline Park Perimeter Loop

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Skyline Park Perimeter Loop is a 9.1 mile lightly 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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2273 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

A great day hike, rivalling Mt. St. Helena for enjoyment and views. This route includes Lake Marie, Tuteur Loop, and Sugarloaf Peak. Trails vary from well-traveled (the horse trails) to clear but narrow footpaths. There are well-shaded areas occurring frequently along the paths. Parking Fee is $5.

trail running
19 days ago

Dry and extremely hot in the middle of the day. Recommend wearing long pants given the narrow trails and significant overgrowth.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this hike after a couple of days of rain. Trails were a little wet and muddy but not terribly so that it wasn’t enjoyable. Being the middle of winter was also nice because ticks weren’t active. I have heard that they are prevalent during the spring and summer. There is minimal water source so bring your own. You will venture on a couple of creeks and small lake you could get water but be sure to filter. They had just reopened the trails. The fire had hit several sections and they had to clear away lots of burnt trees. Manzanita trail was hit hard. THe Tuteur loop trail was closed. This section is schedule to open in a couple of weeks. The hike had many open views of the Napa valley and even Benicia/Martinez area. A good mix of shade and open area. The hike from Skyline Trail to SugarLoaf Peak was steep and a narrow single track. The fire was evident here as well but one could see young growth already starting. There is biking, horseback as well. There is RV parking and tent camping at the park entrance if you want to make a night of it. Very clean and open. It took me 4.5 hours to do the 8.5 miles perimeters without the Tuteur Trail section. (Including a 30 minute lunch at the top of Sugar Loaf Peak)

hiking
4 months ago

Skyline has reopened! THANK YOU to all the volunteers who cleared burnt trees and other vegetation, repaired signs, and got the park back in shape. The rebirth is beautiful.

The Perimeter Loop is moderate except for the climb up to Sugarloaf and it's fairly steep in spots on the way down. It's a beautiful hike.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I love this place such beautiful scenery

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

Well marked and maintained trails with beautiful scenery.

Please as always watch where you are walking as we saw our first rattlesnake of the year today.

backpacking
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Trails were in great shape! Lots of water in the creek.

mountain biking
Friday, February 03, 2017

This can be a technical rock garden paradise or a quick flowing DH. Research the routes and plan accordingly.

hiking
Friday, February 03, 2017

Well maintained trails. great views of Napa.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

We star 9 am back 3 pm it good trail

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A good hike with my first time in a group hike... pace was good and the views were nice... more rain this week so parts of the trail was closed... it was also foggy which made for some very good photos :) will be back in the spring to see all the wild flower :)

Monday, October 24, 2016

This was a beautiful hike overlooking Napa Valley. Highly recommend. Moderate with a couple of steep inclines that were challenging (Rock Rim).

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great homie but not a lot of shade and it's pretty steep. But I'm going back.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

It was a beautiful hike actually took Skyline to Buckeye so we could see the lakes then took Lower Marie Creek back. Marie was pretty sunny tho so I wouldn't suggest on a hot day. Overall wonderful day will go back to concur all of Skyline.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Great hike! Beautiful views!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

awesome trail...many side trails connect to it....

Friday, May 13, 2016

Awesome trail with several different side trails to take. I like mountain biking in and exploring. Some sections are pretty technical for the experienced riders.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Beautiful! Good workout!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I took one of the trails here today. Very peaceful & pretty. The staff is very friendly. I will definitely come back here. Only thing I can say is watch out for the Mountain bikers but they were friendly & cautious.

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Pretty views of the Napa Valley and some woodsey scenescapes... No dogs though, parking is $5 or you can park for free down by the river and walk an extra mile or so in.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Beautiful park! the trails were amazing and the scenery is astounding. BUT, dogs are NOT allowed, you pay for parking, and the trail head is kind of hidden. but so worth it because it so gorgeous

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beautiful hike to explore with varieties of trails to choose from. The ridge trail especially can be a bit of a challenge with one small part of sliding hill. other than that, it's a great place to hike.

hiking
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Skyline is great for a local workout. You can hike around out there for hours!

hiking
Thursday, September 19, 2013

he flora and fauna here are very entertaining. Turkeys, mountain lions, coyotes, you name it it's here right in our back yard. In the spring and then the summer this places changes quite a bit. All roads here lead out so no way to lose yourself but once you get going you don't feel your in the Napa Valley anymore, you feel the wilderness here.

hiking
Saturday, August 31, 2013

Love this place. You can get in a great work out and have a good amount of options on what trails to take. There are some nice views and some very relaxing spots.

hiking
Thursday, May 09, 2013

Nice area to run/walk when you don't have time to go somewhere a little more challenging. It's better than running on the street and close enough to be perfect for before or after work. The only downside is that a portion of the park is reserved where people can walk their dogs without having to have leashes. A lot of people think they're in more control of their dogs than they really are. I always keep mine on a leash, but some people ignore the signs and even take their dogs into the areas where leashes are required without bothering to use a leash. If you go early in the morning or in the evening, it's not so much of an issue. If you go during the late morning or afternoon, especially on a weekend day, you're likely to run into people who are there more to hang out than work out and they're also usually the people who can't control their dogs. Not many people pick up after their dogs in the no-leash areas either, so be aware of where you're stepping.

hiking
Monday, June 04, 2012

This trail is a complete gem, with fine views, lots of shade, a little more challenging than Mt. St. Helena due to some steep areas, and about the same length. The views are pleasant, from hidden valleys to broad vistas out over the Carneros with the Sacramento River, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Tamalpais in the distance, and the City of Napa and beyond when looking up-valley. Much of the park permits horses, but the Rim Rock Trail does not and is mercifully free of their residue. I entered via the Rim Rock Trail and returned via Skyline. I was glad I had chosen this route and direction; climbing the Rim Rock Trail from the Skyline would be quite difficult in the steep section due to lack of switchbacks or cuts, since the slick hard mud trail offers no purchase. Also, the climb to the crest on the Rim Rock provides the most exercise, and the remainder of the trip is more relaxing. There are warnings against rattlers, boars, and ticks; I saw none except for one tick found later (before it attached), and gaiters or other boot protection would ward off most ticks and also keep the foxtails out of your socks. I saw only 2 people on the whole route, on a weekday morning in late May 2012. The Tuteur Loop itself is a small diversion (took only 34 minutes, so roughly 2 miles), relatively flat and without vistas, but a pleasant woodland jaunt. I estimate this entire route to total about 9.8 miles. It took me 4 hours (I'm an old codger), which would have been about 3 hours 20 without the Tuteur. The upper skyline trail was my only disappointment, and I would recommend taking the Lower Skyline instead (hardly any longer). Flies were a bit of a nuisance (due to the horses?) but none were biting insects.

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