Smittle Creek Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Smittle Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
419 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Very green. Would call it more of an easy hike, than moderate. Many bathrooms along the way. Dogs came back with ticks, so check your dogs in the spring. Narrow trail, but pretty views. No benches along the way. Bathrooms/picnic at the "turn around point". We got stuck in the rain and walked a quick mile back to our car at the trail head. Good choice as opposed to walking 2.5 miles back. Glad we went early spring. Would be very touristy in summer.

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike! I would rate it on the easier side of “moderate”, but overall really enjoyed myself and the group I came with. The dogs had a blast and there were tons of places to rest and enjoy the lakefront. Had I not been with a group, this would’ve been really fun to run as it had a good mix of hills and the path, although narrow, was easily traceable. I think the right way to do this one would be to wear a bathing suit, bring some snacks and towels, and make it into a private(ish) day in the water. We arrived late morning and got a good mix of sun and shade, I’d love to come back!

4 months ago

There isn't a trail here

hiking
6 months ago

Small hike out and back along the lake. Too touristy for my liking. Was very windy and dry the day we visited (the same day the Napa fires happened, which has been very unfortunate). It got boring and repetitive 1-2 miles into the trail so we turned back.

Additionally, after reading about the history of this lake, I do not think this is my kind of place. I doubt I will visit again.

hiking
8 months ago

10 months ago

Nice easy, short little hike. Part of the path was closed due to a broken bridge, but the detour signs were relatively clear.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Loved the hike! Beautiful views. Part of the trail was flooded so we had to take a detour. It was perfect for the dog too!

walking
Monday, February 13, 2017

A nice walk if you're out in that part of Berryessa. It's nice at first but it all starts to look the same after a while. Plus it's not a loop so you have to come back the same way. Just got boring after a while.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nice hike. Beautiful lake views, trail is along lake, not heavily trafficked today (January), dog friendly, saw deer, grebes and heard bald eagles (they were hiding).

walking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

No additional dogs or humans on this trail made for a quiet day. The views were great and there were geese in the water and various butterflies dancing around.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Lake is low but views are very pretty. Woodpeckers thrive! Trail is well maintained and I am looking forward to going back in the spring. Super friendly and knowledgeable ranger at the visitor center gave us good maps too. Found no bugs.

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great first hike with beautiful views.

hiking
Friday, March 04, 2016

Steady easy trail, many bugs!

hiking
Monday, June 22, 2015

A nice hike. Some decent swimming access :)

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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013