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“Good hike for even the inexperienced.”

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Ranked #29 of 68 things to do in Calistoga
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Owner description: Sweeping views of the Pacific and the Sierra Nevada range are highlights of this state park, which features rough terrain, evergreen forests and a five-mile hiking trail to the top of Mount St. Helena.
Reviewed 30 January 2014

Start early, I didn't plan enough time to hike to St. Helena. If you are short on time, hike the two trails across the street from the Robert Louis Stevenson trail. Apparently you can hike 1 mile to an overlook, which is what we should if time is not on your side. Also where layers, no sun in the trees, but lots of sun once you hit the fire road.

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Did both the Table Rock and the Mt. St. Helena trails. Good footwear (no sandals!) is necessary, especially for the Table Rock trail. No water access, so you must bring water (particularly during hot months)

Parking could be tricky on Hwy 29; the parking lots were full for my two visits.

Mt. St. Helena is the easier of the two. It is just constant uphill (and downhill on the return) on a zig-zag service/fire dirt road (except some rocky terrain, such as the part just after the Monument at about 1 mile in). Great scenery of the upper valley and the hills in the area.

There are steep climbs and descents on the Table Rock trail. Path of the rocky trail (and loose rocks/pebbles) is tougher to navigate. The trail is also not very well marked at places due to the rocky terrain. But for your effort, you will be rewarded with gorgeous views of the area and interesting volcanic rock formation.

3  Thank nuboy
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

The trail head is just outside Calistoga at intersection with Silverado Trail, may be one half mile. You do not have to drive up Hwy 29, Calistoga Grade to the main park entrance. Map of trail is available at the trail head.
We hiked to Holms Place about 4.5 miles to the intersection with Paradise trail. This is a well maintained and frequented trail, with numerous spots to look out over Napa Valley. Even though the day had moderate weather, we used several pints of water for the two of us. 50% during mid day was in filtered shade - many oaks. You could continue along the Paradise Trail for a very long additional climb to the upper State Park entrance. It looked way more than we could handle in a day and would require a car pool arrangement.
After lunch we had a pleasant hike down the mountain. 4 hours round trip - at least.

2  Thank BoulderNut
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The park trailheads were a little difficult to find to begin with. Drove past the small sign on the road the first time and had to go back. One trail (8+ miles) takes you to the mountaintop. I opted for the 2.2 mile (one-way) trail across the road from the longer one. Adequate parking, with sign warning you to hide valuables because of smash & grab attempts there. Trail started OK, with flat alternating with steeper switchbacks. As the trail grew steeper, it also became much rockier and hard to follow. Winds also picked up on this very chilly morning. In places, you were basically scrambling over and between rocks and trying not to slip on loose gravel and dirt. Trail markings were few and far between. Not a fun hike. I'd skip it.

2  Thank SteveCDecatur
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The Table Top Route is a good, mildly challenging walk out along the tops of the range that separates Napa from it's easterly sister. The views afforded into the valley are stunning with few people attempting a hike there. Parking is good and free.

1  Thank JohnRPearson
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