Table Rock Trail is a 4 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.
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.
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.
Beautiful views and cool rock labrynith.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome hike with the kids today. The labyrinth was a hit.
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.
Great trail! how I wish it's a loop trail. Nice trail for beginners.
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.
Pretty wildflower sin spring
Great workout, and the unusual rock art done by either native american's or someone who had a lot of spare time, are fascinating.
The hike itself is pretty easy little elevation gain not too hard.
Plenty of spots for views to look at and around.
Weather is best right now to visit before it gets too hot.
The last 2 mile before reaching the parking area is best to be careful as people go over the speed limit that is posted for 20mph.