Explore the most popular trail running trails near Calistoga with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Most of the hike is on a service road. It is really cool hiking this trail when you are familiar with the mountains and towns of the surrounding area. I would hike, bike, or run this trail with friends again.

I found this hike to be very well marked and easy to follow, with plenty of signs including mileage. Limited but free parking off the side of the road with trailhead on the right side of the road coming from Santa Rosa. Truly wonderful hike, I did it in the late afternoon and early evening and recommend this time of day as it’s not too hot and the light was beautiful.

The trail after Table Rock is in pretty poor condition and hard to find. Definitely have the map handy. I ended up loosing the trail completely and only doing about 11 miles. I’ll have to go back when there are less leaves and brush or with someone who knows the trail well. But the views and the labyrinth are amazing and worth the sunny hillsides.

We only did the trail from the top to the bottom. Not sure how it says 19 miles. The markers says 2.2 miles to table rock and once to table rock it says it’s 8.2 miles to Calistoga I believe. The palisades trail portion in between table rock and oat hill mine trail is in very bad shape. Trees down that you have to climb through and lost the trail 2-3 times. Beautiful views though.

I still have dreams of this beautiful trail!

hiking
27 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Northern California!

I really like this hike as it’s not very long and a lot to see. However $12 is a bit steep

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! I did the first four miles up Oat Mine trail, it is CLOSED from that point forward through September 23 due to wildfire risk. You can turn left though and continue on Palisades trail, which I did for an additional mile- this affords you some cool views looking back down on the trail you came up. Also about a half mile down Palisades there is a cool sort of cave that makes for a shaded lunch spot. Otherwise pretty sunny trail especially after the first few miles so bring lots of water and go early. I did my hike from 10-3 pm in August and it was really hot on the way down. Parking at the trail head is free but quite limited - I had no problem finding a spot but imagine it’s more popular in the cooler months.

Good but the brush at the peak was too tall for a view of the valley .

hiking
1 month ago

I loved this hike/run. Having read many disparate reviews of this trail without full context, two disclaimers: 1. I only had two hours, so I had to turn around after about four miles (eight miles round trip) and 2. I do a lot of trail running/races which include lots of elevation and rough terrain. That said, I thought this was an easy trail, elevation changes were mostly very manageable if not easy. Trail was well marked (there are numerous spurs, but it is very obvious they are spurs to intermittent high points to get a view) and the surface was almost perfect for trail running with the expected exposed rock and roots along the way to add a welcomed degree of difficulty to keep it interesting. The views were awesome! From interesting rock formations to sweeping views of the valley to fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and canyons this trail offers a visual treat. Lots of opportunity to hike up to different peaks to see a variety of views. Also, seeing the ruts in the rock of old wagon wheels was really cool. Just imagining miners making the trek in mule pulled wagons up this trail is facinating.
Regrettably, I did not make it quite to the Holm's homestead, but definitely will the next time I am in Napa. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone, but especially trail runners who want elevation gain. If you are not accustomed to hiking/trail running, this is still a great trail, but just be prepared and be realistic about your physical conditioning. A few things to keep in mind. First, there is very limited parking at the base of this trail. If you do not get there early, I would suggest parking toward Calistoga and walking over. Second, I would suggest starting early as I am sure it gets very warm later in the day and the only water will be what you bring. Third, definitely take the time to hike up some of the separate spurs from the trail for additional views. This trail, compared to Bothe and the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail to the Mt. St. Helena peak, is far superior in my opinion. Views are just as good as Mt. St. Helena and although you do not have the redwoods of Bothe, there are a lot of trees and beautiful rock formations. I also saw lots of wildlife (fortunately, no mountain lions!) including a large jack rabbit that sat patiently as I fumbled with my iPhone to take several pictures of him from about five feet away. To sum up, great trail, awesome views, and a great workout! Have fun and be safe! Go Billikens!

hiking
1 month ago

We were looking for a reasonably challenging hike with great views that we could do in under two hours. While no way to make the entire trail that quick, it was perfect, with a wide, well groomed trail through at least the first two miles. Super close to downtown Calistoga. Looking forward to going back to do the full trail.

Great views of the valley on the top of the mountain. Most of the hike is a wide fire road that an suv can go on. It offers practically no shade and gets really hot in the summer. I was a little disappointed to see all the satellites, antennas and some sort of power generator right at the top of the mountain. Definitely takes away from the serenity of the scene.

4 stars because the hike itself is somewhat boring but 5 star views. I would say the hike is 4 portions. 1st is switchbacks through forest, you have tree cover which is nice but you're near the highway. This brings you to the monument for RLS. Next portion is beginning of fire road to great view looking south/west and the rock that people climb all the time. Next portion us fire road that still has intermittent views and brings you to a crest. Last portion is the final like 1.5 miles where the grade feels tougher, you are more exposed, and there was no breeze for me until you summit. Last portion is by far the toughest but the view at the top is pretty awesome. I did the whole hike in about 3 hours not including my 15-30 minute break at the top. Great hike for building mental toughness because it can be such a slog. Start early as possible to avoid midday sun.

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is easily one of the best trails in the area. Killer views the whole way, and at the top an absolutely amazing lookout spot perfect for sitting on a rock and having some lunch. Very fun for hiking and mountain biking. On the way down you can go extremely fast on your bike without having to worry about it being too technical.

hiking
2 months 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.

Varied terrain and nice payoff at end.

The section between the labyrinth and table rock is in poor condition which adds to the difficulty. The views are excellent.

Great hike but I would rate the actual Ritchey Canyon to Coyote moderate++. The start on Redwood Trail is a mild, subtle incline with a wide trail and is easy going. At about 1.5 you get leave for RC-CP and it gets fun! More noticeable gains and steeper inclines, traversing small creeks and some rocks, an incredibly narrow path dolloped with poison oak to keep you on your feet. Once you actually get to CP, a rock-staircase will take you up the final ascent with full sun (only 5-15 mins or so.) I lost my footing twice on steep declines, which rarely happens. I did this hike alone and after about mile 2.5, felt somewhat uncomfortable. Limited room for error on a lot of the trek due to narrow trails traversing canyon-sides. Kept Alltrails GPS on and had to backtrack twice, signs somewhat confusing. Would do again w a partner, not alone. Wouldn’t do it after any rain as even dry trails lead to a couple near-misses. Pretty hike overall, good workout and nice terrain. Didn’t see much wildlife (they probably saw me though

backpacking
3 months ago

I give it 5 stars for the view throughout the hike and especially at the summit, as you sit down and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding counties. The vegetation is slowly growing back and most seem respectful to thread lightly and not disturbing the environment much. I wish they'd allow dogs here to hike.

Great hike!! The trail get can get crowded during the spring time for good reason. It gets extremly hot in the summer months, so bring plenty of water and some sunscreen!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this one on Memorial Day, started at 7am and had incredible views of Calistoga and the Napa Valley to ourselves.The winds were so strong around the first peak that we had to turn around, they almost blew us over at one time and he dirt from the road flew in our eyes. Will try again another day to reach the top.

hiking
3 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

Very tough hike! The day I was there it was sunny with a nice breeze, there isn't much shade so make sure you wear sunscreen and wear a hat, I also suggest bring plenty of water! There is a lot of fire damage but you still get amazing views, one of the most amazing hikes I've been on definitely planning on going back soon!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was a great workout. It's a fire road for the 4.2 miles to the tower. Lots of burn scars from the recent fires but the views were amazing and lots of wild flowers. We will be back again.

Nice hike

This hike was awesome! Definitely try to go on a clear day and bring a hat.

It’s a pretty nice trail. Technically easy. You can shorten or lengthen it at a lot of points during the trail. Dogs are not aloud on the trail.

An all day hike. The fall and spring are the best times for this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Rocky trail, very pretty

Went hiking on this trail on the Monday morning (4/23/18). Weather was pleasant, warm but a nice breeze. The first part of the trail is shaded and cool. The first mile in you arrive at the memorial for Robert Louis Stevenson. Then you keep moving up hill until you reach a wide open fire road with limited shade. You are on this road for the rest of the hike. Make sure to wear sunscreen, hats or both. Bring lots of water and snacks to keep your energy up. The trail is lined with burnt trees from the wild fires, but you see the beauty of the new growth from the ashes.

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