Table Rock Trail

MODERATE 87 reviews

Table Rock Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,204 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

The trail starts at the crest of SR 29 between Calistoga and Clear Lake. It is in undeveloped Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, which does not even have maps online. The trail is labeled on on the AllTrails map. The trailhead is across the highway from the Mt. St. Helena trailhead. The trail climbs through a fir forest before breaking out at a signed overlook "Table Rock Overlook". From there it slowly drops down through mostly manzanita areas to a small stream. On the way down it passes a large complex of rock labyrinths. After crossing the stream the trail climbs to a signed trail intersection from which you scramble west over the rocks to the top of Table Rock itself.

hiking
1 month ago

this was a great hike. Scenic in several spots with some short steep sections. near the top is an are where past hikers have built various stone formations. highly recommend.

1 month ago

Varied terrain and nice payoff at end.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views. Lots of poison oak but it's easy to avoid. You don't need hiking boots but I agree that flip flops probably wouldn't be good footwear for this particular hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike; Halfway through the hike someone had placed a really cool labyrinth made out of the local rocks. The hike up to that point is fairly easy; after that it gets a little steep ( not bad going down but challenging on the way back). It was fun though; almost like a mini canyon scramble.

5 months ago

What an awesome view on top!!! I was confused on what side to start on... coming from Napa I went left side of road. Not totally sure now if this was table rock. I think it’s on the right side, lol. Anyway... so pretty at the top. Started with a ton of switch backs to a road then from the road you get to the top. Gorgeous! Even though trees are burnt the beauty is still there. On the way down I was looking for the sign back to the switch backs and I got lost. I had to track back along the road which was not the safest but it was better then back tracking 30min and another hour down. Anyway, totally worth it just the sign needs to be more in view to get back down on the trail not the road.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of ups and downs with absolutely amazing views. You’ll earn them with the elevation gains and losses. The terrain is varied and keeps it interesting. Can be chilly with the wind so bring a windbreaker if it might be cool. Hiking poles really helped.

6 months ago

Stunning views with varying landscape.

6 months ago

I loved this trail. I would rate this closer to hard. The views were amazing. And the challenge was perfect. I can’t wait to do it again. If you’re going to do it, do to the end. Climb the rock and enjoy those views.

hiking
6 months ago

The drive to/from here is so beautiful! We got to the trailhead around noon on a Saturday and there were still a few parking spots left.

My bf & I stopped about halfway in to have lunch on the giant boulders and WOW, what an amazing view! The labyrinth area was pretty cool too. The next mile though after the rock mazes wasn't as easy as the first. When you reach the top of Table Rock, you essentially get the same views as you did with that first stop on the giant boulders. So if you want to take it easy, stop by the first boulders, check out the labyrinth below, and then turn around. But if you are willing and able, definitely hike the whole thing! Just be careful at the top - it is super windy up there!

This is one of the cleanest trails I've seen in terms of trash and dog poop (great job people!). There's lots of shade and it wasn't too busy when I went on a Saturday afternoon. It took us about 2 1/2 hours to complete (with lunch and picture breaks included) so it wasn't too bad. The trail however is very rocky and not suitable for young children or for those with injuries.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike, even though the uphill was a little rough on the way back. Definitely wear good shoes/boots because it's pretty rocky. The views are amazing from the overlook and there's a spot on the trail where it was clear enough to see Mt. Shasta on the horizon!

6 months ago

Fun short but strenuous hike through woods and volcanic rock formations with fabulous views. The first mile is moderate with a few rocky spots, the second mile is very rocky and parts are steep. A few muddy/slippery spots in January a week after rains but nothing you can’t handle. The views down Napa Valley from Table Rock are worth the effort. If you want to take it easy you can turn around after about a mile at the cairn and rock labyrinth formations which are a fun surprise.

hiking
6 months ago

A lot harder than I thought it’d be but amazing nonetheless!

7 months ago

More difficult than expected but the short distance makes it very manageable. Loved the variation in landscape and the astounding views!

hiking
7 months ago

was a quick moderate hike. 2.2 miles each way, with good signage along the route. Some portions are very rocky and steep.

hiking
7 months ago

It's a good workout, though short, but harder than expected, more than half of the way is rocky, and some part is steep. The view seen on the Table Rock is fantastic.

9 months ago

Good hike. Pretty steep but short.

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

Great short trail for when you want a great hike but you don't have a ton of time! Loved the workout. Great views and loved all the rocks to see along the way. Be cautious as some areas are more difficult you can easily lose your footing.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Phenomenal hike with beautiful views. The trail has a lot of damage from the winter storms, so watch your footing. A hiking stick is a great advantage on this hike.

Friday, May 05, 2017

What a view!

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Been to Table Rock several times, with today being the most recent. Parked at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park trailhead on Hwy 29 around 5:45am (clearly marked, easy to spot in the dark). Used a flashlight until the labyrinth, then was able to see clearly, but the trail is very difficult to follow. I constantly was second-guessing whether the turn I took was accurate, and was always surprised to run into a trail marker. I used my phone's GPS (there was Verizon/LTE service in the middle of the hike) to confirm the trail a few times, which felt necessary. Tons of water flowing now, in March-- easily could have packed a filter instead of bringing 1.75L of water. Trekking poles were hugely helpful! I wore ankle-height hiking boots instead of trail runners. Table Rock itself is VERY windy, so I was glad to have been wearing 4 layers, a hat, and gloves. Didn't hit direct sunlight until 8:30am or so. On my way back to the trailhead, I passed at least four groups coming in-- very popular Saturday hike. Great to do solo. Best views in the north Napa Valley.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beautiful views and cool rock labrynith.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

One of my favorite hikes. I went while it was raining and foggy, and it made the rock formations even cooler. The only thing is that the trail is rather hard to follow, I used the GPS from the AllTrails app to find where to go at times. Beautiful views and flowing water at some points.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

The trail can be tough to follow in spots so be sure to have functioning gps. Otherwise, the views are incredible making for a worthwhile day trip.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

This is one of the most beautiful hikes in the morning California, my second favorite after the cataract trail During rainy season. It's like traveling back in time to the land of the lost – amazing vistas not to mention cool rock gardens.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Awesome hike with the kids today. The labyrinth was a hit.

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

This trail lacks signage. From the rock garden onward nobody seems to know where the trail is. We ended up on the Palisades trail and others we met along the hike tried other trails, none marked and none of which led to Table Rock.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Great trail! how I wish it's a loop trail. Nice trail for beginners.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

At age 73, having done the Yosemite Creek Trail from Tioga Road into Yosemite Valley last week and Crater Mountain in Mono Craters a month ago, this was not particularly difficult today, more like good excercise for a good night's sleep. This is definitely more physically challenging than Mount St. Helena and the complete Oat Hill Mine Road, but only because of the uneven nature of the trail and the steepness in some places. The temperature was in the eighties, which was a definite factor. Two liters of water were more than adequate after pre-hike hydration. There are spectacular views, particularly at Table Rock, which make this hike more than worthwhile. Would highly recommend this to anyone, but would caution someone who is older to wear good hiking shoes, bring plenty of water...over hydrate, bring some energy source, and be sure you are prepared for very uneven footing and large elevation change.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Pretty wildflower sin spring

hiking
Monday, May 02, 2016

Great workout, and the unusual rock art done by either native american's or someone who had a lot of spare time, are fascinating.

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