Table Rock Trail

HARD 150 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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,207 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Amazing hike! Brought a friend from out of town and she gushed about it. Felt like the perfect amount of challenge with cool stuff to see along the way and ended in stunning views. Like another poster said: don’t be fooled by the “table rock overlook” while it is a beautiful view, keep going for the real prize. Once you hit the table rock overlook the trail starts to get challenging as the majority of the second half you are picking your way down over some pretty steep and rocky terrain. And once you hit table rock itself you need to scramble up rock to the (breathtaking) view. We were a little unsure where to go here but turns out the answer was: up! Friend was fine in sneakers. Awesome 4 mile hike. Trail was pretty straightforward. Did it in 2.5 hours.

hiking
9 days ago

Felt closer to 5 miles. Lots to see though. Quite the hike on the way back

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no shade
18 days ago

Excellent hike! The hike has little shade as most of it is exposed. Beautiful scenery from the start. The views from table top rock are amazing!

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muddy
over grown
rocky
19 days ago

Amazing trail and stunning views. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

hiking
21 days ago

About as good as it gets for a 4 mile hike. Views start early on and lots of variety in the terrain. Would hike again.

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icy
over grown
rocky
26 days ago

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over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Great, strenuous hike mixed with sun and sun.

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Great mix of shade and sun, up and down - good cardio. Beautiful forest with manzanita everywhere. I wore pants due to other hikers comments on poison oak, but saw very little, and I was watchful for that. Hiking poles definitely a plus for several downhill sections. Not great signage. Good in a couple spots where you could take a wrong turn, but missing others. One real key place was missing - right before you head through a forest section going up to the top. I was following some thick black cables I figured they were laid for hand over hand assist. They veer to the right so I followed that and wound up circling the mountain on the back side, scrambling up barely there game trails and brush to reach the top. Was thrilled to spot the trail headed down (the correct way) through that forest section. Added at least 40 minutes to the hike on my diversion. So the advice is when you see the black cables, after about 20 feet start looking to your left for the trail into the forest. It's not very visible. This one signage issue is the only reason I didn't rate this a 5 star.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Hiked this trail in late August. Started early in the morning to avoid midday heat. Took just under 3 hours out and back. First mile was pretty easy steady climb, wide trail, not too rocky. As others have mentioned, poison oak on both sides of the trail, in some spots shoulder high. Wear long pants and weather permitting long sleeves and be familiar with what poison oak looks like. Second mile after Overlook was steep, rocky and nearly full sun. Just below Overlook, there were several labyrinths just off trail. Can’t imagine how much work it took to build these! Views from Table Rock were spectacular! We could see fog in the Sonoma valley and nearly to the ocean. Steep uphill climbs in full sun on the return is what gives the hike 4 stars for us. Likely much better in the fall/winter months.

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

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over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful but hard, especially the second half. I went on a 90 degree July day, which was a mistake. May do again on a cool day!

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Lots of poison oak

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over grown
6 months ago

Cool trail - would do it again. The first lookout is awesome. The rock formations are fun. Then you have to brave some serious poison oak to get to the finale. Wear leggings even though it’s hot. Poison oak is heavy on this trail - you can avoid most of it but good to be aware. Just wash in technu after your hike. It’s worth it.

hiking
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

I enjoyed this trail, the viewpoint halfway in was spectacular. the labyrinth field was very nice. The second half of the trail was rocky and kinda rough but it was a great hike nonetheless. Tips: wear pants and bring a long sleeve layer coz there was a small section that was a bit overgrown and had lots of branches sticking out (I got scratched a few times

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over grown
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike for its variety in terrain. Some portions are a bit overgrown and you have to push branches out of the way. There's a very small creek crossing as well before you get to the table. The views are rewarding and there's plenty of nice spots to take a break if needed along the way. Since it's not marked in some places that have separate trails that branch off, pay attention to where you're going and what looks familiar. Overall, would recommend, and I plan on returning soon. Nice quick hike for a view with your lunch. Saw people who dragged their kids up and it took them twice as long so keep that in mind.

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