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Skyline Trail, Thatcher's Rim Rock Trail, and Lake Marie Road Loop

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Skyline Wilderness Park

Skyline Trail, Thatcher's Rim Rock Trail, and Lake Marie Road Loop is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Napa, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

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Skyline Wilderness Park is located in the hills immediately east of the town of Napa and rewards hikers with great terrain from oak forest and grassland to lakes and mountain tops. Winemakers know that Napa Valley is a great place to be all year round, hence it's possible to find great hiking conditions here on virtually any month of the year. $5 day use fee

Skyline Wilderness Park 2201 Imola Ave. Napa, CA 94559 Vehicle day use fee.

- We'd recommend avoiding hiking this park on the hottest days, because the weather can be brutal and shade along the is limited. - Skyline Wilderness Park is also a great location for equestrians, mountain bikers and even sports a popular disc golf course.

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Aubyn Stahmer
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As advertised! Great views and some big climbs

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Megan Thieme
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highly recommend. was great on an overcast day. would be difficult on a hot day due to little cover.

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Stephanie Glaze
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Mija Ryer
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Loved it. Just about killed my friends, but had a great time

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AllTrails User
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A lot of single track. A steep slippery downhill part

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Shana McCarl
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HikingFeeNo shadeRocky

Beautiful hike, but brutal! Especially when you hit Thatcher's Rim, it's super steep. If you have asthma or respiratory issues, be prepared to take this trail very slowly.

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KoyFish Balls
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Fiona England
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Definitely get here early, $5 gate fee. We hit the trail at 7 and finished around 12 and it was hot. This is a good mountain bike trail so lots of bikes to share the road with in the first stretch but everyone was so nice. Trail is moderate to hard like described, many parts were challenging but doable with a little tenacity! Definitely find yourself wearing a sturdy shoes or something with good traction. Lots of loose dirt and portions you come up on with just rock the more you get up there, and a lot of incline needing traction and parts of decline needing some better traction. Lunched at the top and it was awesome, we saw lots of deer and even a little fox on our way up! Skyline shows views of Napa, American Canyon, and that’s consistent the whole time! It’s fun to see where we live from the Birdseye view! Nice challenging local hike, would definitely come back and do again for the challenge. It goes by pretty quick for how long the trail is described. I’d pack light snacks and we did but not too many cause it’s rocky when you get up top, no tables really or anything like that or a flat area to sit on, so I’d just pack a little lighter next time, a little more keep on the go style then sit down and hang at the top for a bit style.

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Matt Herter
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Hidden gem in Napa, especially if you take thatcher rim. Some good steep climbs and less crowded

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Kimberly StClair
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lovely park. $5 entrance fee. Dogs not allowed on the trails. Took Rock Rim Trail up to Sugarloaf peak. a d continued down. This was steep going, and only super steep In a couple of places. returned via Skyline trail. Park had lots of users including mountain bikers and even a few horses. I will say that I was surprised by the lack of facemasks by everyone on the trail. Since we are still on lockdown I wore mine when ever I got close to someone.

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Nathan Schank
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It's a very intense trail that's worth the effort. I've been on this hike about 3 times, the first and last being with a friend. The first half of the hike on Skyline initially breaks you in and later allows you to relax for what's to come on Thatcher. Once you hit rim rock, be prepared to challenge yourself with the constant steep climb. Bring lots of water. You'll need it, especially on a hot day.

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Matt Sabella
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This is a moderate trail but with some difficult area. Very steep in some parts, and some of those steep areas have a lot of loose rock, so footing can be a little iffy. Basically, in Skyline Park, I went out on Lake Marie Road, continued out on Skyline Trail, picked up Thatcher Rim Rock Trail, which eventually brought me back to Lake Marie Road. I did a little side loop involving Manzanita Trail, Toyon, and Creekside, which brought me back to (more or less) the juncture of Thatcher and Lake Marie Road. Note that once you get onto Thatcher, it’s quite steep up to Sugarloaf Peak. The views are worth it. I was able to see the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Note: I would not do Thatcher if it’s muddy.

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Rosa Salas
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Rebecca Hafkemeyer
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Loved this hike, Like others, I’d say going counterclockwise is better for any damp day. Perfect hike for in the winter.

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Jodie Perry-Dant
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Went counterclockwise...Harder than I expected! A little longer too! Good uphill for sure. Very wet and slippery still after rains. Beautiful views of SF. Be careful coming down, I might of ate Sh!? On my way down Thatcher.

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Kali Marie
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Beautiful views of the watershed and city. Highly recommend starting counter clockwise to avoid slippery, steep descent after the peak. Lots of deer right now!

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Bryan Ward
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Did this counterclockwise and IMHO it’s probably the best way to go. That’s because when you get close to the top it is fairly steep with only a dirt slope. It was hard enough going up, but I’d hate to come down that short section if I were going the other way. At any rate, good trail. Saw a quite a few deer including one large buck, a coyote, redtail hawk, lizards, and what I’m pretty sure was a snake. If it was it was not a rattle snake as it didn’t have a rattle on the tail. I only saw the tail as it slithered away and I think with how big it was and the way it moved that it could not have been a lizard. This was actually in the area of the before mentioned steep dirt slope. All and all, this was worth doing even though it cane in closer to 7.8 miles from the parking lot and back.

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Jason Hoffman
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Upper Skyline Trail is a beautiful start to your trek, and allows you to get the climb in elevation done first. It's also nicely shaded. If you decide to add Thachers Rim Rock trail to your trek, be sure to bring extra water. I highly suggest starting Rim Rock at the entrance south of Lake Marie because there is a steep climb on the south end, and it is easier to find footing climbing up than trying to crawl/slide down. Rim Rock is an ass kicker. There is a lot of steep trail with little to no shade. It's a near climbing crawl for the first mile or so, followed by breathtaking views and a nice cool-off period, then followed by a somewhat gradual and occasionally steep decent. Again, don't be caught without ample water supply. Rim Rock is the most stunning trail at Skyline for those willing to pay the toll.

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Antoinette Stephens
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Nice view the whole way. Not a difficult trail, had fun and no mosquitoes just flies :)

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Philip Welsh
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$5 Fee to enter. Lady at gate said go clockwise starting on Manzanita Trail from the gazebo area. Thatcher Rim Trail was steep and unrelenting. Definitely muddy here and there. Keep an eye out for tics - I found one on my leg. It gets confusing on the second half because there are lot of roads. We took the dirt Lake Marie road back - had to squeeze through a fence (?) and then walked through the RV park to the parking area. Nice trip.

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Maria Lewytzkyj
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Absolutely loved this hike. The weather was perfectly fall and there was so much about this hike that my husband Justin and I loved. Glad we wore layers because some came off and some came on as the weather demanded. It was a birthday hike too and I'm so glad we picked this one to celebrate. Lots of water everywhere given the recent rains. And the views are amazing. I particularly loved the variety of views and the feel of the rolling hills as you ascend the mountain. What a great hike, great lake, and a great way to spend the afternoon. Met some wonderful fellow hikers - added bonus!

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Wež Sonso
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This is a really nice park for hiking, camping, horse back ridding and even peddle bike riding. From easy to hard trails with great views.

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Amanda Pezzullo
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In the sun the entire time...being plenty of water. Took about 3 hours to complete. $5 entry to get into the park.

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Peter Campbell
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Lots of long grass, little visability, no view at the summit. Overall not worth it.

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Chris Brown
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First thing, you have you pay a $5 dollar say use fee to hike. It's well worth the money if your up for the challenge. If you hike the whole loop, skyline trail to sugarloaf trail on to manzanita trail, your in for about a 3 hour walk. I started at 10:00 a.m. and finished at 1:00 p.m., covering 7.8 miles and 2,040 ft elevation change. I didnt see any rattlesnakes, hogs, deer, cougars etc. Does not mean that they are not there, so be mindful. I would not recommend bringing children, as some areas are very steep and slippery and it gets extremly hot. Bring lots of water and stay hydrated!! Overall a fun, tough hike. Have fun and be safe!!

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Mike Burkett
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This is a good hike and doesn't take that long. It's located very close to downtown Napa.

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