Looking for a great trail near Pope Valley, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Robert Louis Stevenson State Park or Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 3 moderate trails in Pope Valley ranging from 4 to 8 miles and from 702 to 2,519 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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over grown
2 days ago

Beautiful land. Wear pants- lots of star thistle. Popular hunting area, so brighter colors might be a good idea. We saw lots of black bear scat on the trail, so they are active in the area. . Trail on the back side of the loop was tough going, or completely overgrown. We dropped into Nevada creek bed (dry) for a few miles, but that was overgrown in places too. Trail through the sage brush also required lots of bushwhacking. Beautiful areas though and wildlife was amazing. Deer, quail, raptors and lots of other birds around remaining water holes.

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over grown
21 days ago

Took the whole family and the dog out for the whole 4 mile loop. The first mile was overgrown with Star Thistle, but after reaching the loop portion of the trail we had no issues. Watch out for snakes! We found a large rattler basking on the trail.

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bugs
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

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no shade
over grown
rocky
washed out
4 months ago

This is one of the more demanding hikes I've done. Great views and very quiet (I didn't see a single person the whole time). But it will test you physically. I would say that the other reviews are pretty spot on so I will avoid repeating was has been said. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjx9O7R9M-Y

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no shade
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

First off I would do this trail again and recommend it. However, it was rough. Take my word for it. You will want pants. Don’t even bother showing up in shorts. Bring all the water your Camelbak can hold, and then bring more. Wear your best hiking boots. Your Nike’s won’t cut it. Start early in the morning and be prepared for 3-4 hour hike up and 2-3 hour hike back. There is good service on most of the trail but don’t rely on any one map. I found myself off trail a few times. The trail is there but not heavily traveled. Bring snacks.

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no shade
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Definitely have more water than you need cause you’ll go through almost all of it! The trail was pretty overgrown so wearing pants & boots is a must. Bring a flashlight just in case and I wouldn’t take my pup out on this hike, the trail gets pretty narrow and steep. Took this hike on 12 May 2019...

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty overgrown in some areas for hiking. Good views throughout the trail. Plenty of wildlife, especially birds

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no shade
over grown
5 months ago

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bugs
muddy
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

This is probably the prettiest trail i've seen within 50 miles of this area. The scenery is spectacular, and there are several areas with rare and beautiful native plants. The only problem is the poorly maintained jeep trail to the Aetna Springs trailhead. I would not attempt it without a high clearance vehicle, and anyone who has the misfortune to meet a car coming in the opposite direction would be facing a monumental challenge.

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no shade
6 months ago

Long trail with beautiful views especially once at the top. Did this trail 4-12-19 it had sunny clear skies. Besides the two people coming down the trail @1.6 miles in, I was the only one on the trail for hours. Once at the top I could see Mt Shasta, the Sierras and the Sacramento Valley. There is no shade and tall grass so bring lots of water and watch out for ticks and snakes. A few spots of the trail are washed out and the trail can be hard to keep track of but easy to pick up again. Just be calm and you'll have no problems.

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over grown
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! Fairly easy! There are 9 creek crossings total. The only downfall is the amount of ticks in this area

hiking
7 months ago

Hi

Went in january on a cool day after lots of rain. Hike is not difficult on well marked trail. Great views of the canyons to the south. About 1.5 hrs to top approx 3.5 miles....actually mile posts begin at 8 and count down. Top is the same trail from Calistoga Oat Mine with views of the Napa Valley. Aetna access road was paved for 2.0 miles and 2.7 miles of gravel, dirt and ruts...essentially a single lane...made it ok is my nissan murano. Be careful with dogs and ticks...I thought it was too cold and early in the season but my dog picked up 10+ rolliing around in the grass on the sides of the trail...none on me.

hiking
9 months ago

Went here on 12/15/18. A wildfire, specifically County Fire burned this area earlier in July this year. I visited here in February and differences were astonishing. Charred shrubs and trees were everywhere. It was sad site to see. The damages were more obvious once you pass the fence. The steps to go over the fence was gone. When the ground is wet, the trail gets extremely slippery - I slid backward near the fence for about 3-4 ft, couldn't stop until I put down my knees and hands on the ground. My pants and shoes were caked with mud. There were 4 downed trees blocking the trail on the hillside between the fence and the canyon. The first two were the most difficult to go around. There were some areas avoided the fire damage after the canyon. Around the summit, you see more fire damage. The surrounding sites from the fire road were black. The view of the lake was still very beautiful and worth getting up there but I would not go back again any time soon. I was very wary going through the hillside trail - the narrow trail looked even sketchier without any vegetation to hold the ground. I am wondering if the trail survive the winter.

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