Monday, March 12, 2018

Hiking in Napa Valley

A lot of people head to Napa Valley to see the amazing vineyards and to taste the delicious wines. While this is a great way to experience the area, there are also other wonderful things to do. Hiking is prevalent in Napa Valley and there are a variety of locations to go and things to see such as the awe-inspiring redwoods and the stunning vistas.

Here are some of the best hikes you can take in Napa Valley:

1. Ritchey Canyon Trail, Calistoga - 8 miles out-and-back, moderate, strenuous
The canyons of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park are home to some of the most majestic redwoods you can imagine. Following Ritchey Creek, the Ritchey Canyon Trail also has trilliums and orchids which are amazing.

2. Dryfoot Trail, St. Helena - 6.4 miles out-and-back, moderate
Moore Creek Park used to be a cattle ranch. Above St. Helena, it runs next to the northeastern shore of Lake Hennessey. Rolling hills offer a great place to hike or bike and the new Dryfoot Trail leads to a swimming hole.

3. Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga - 9 miles out-and-back, strenuous
A beautiful view is offered from the Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail which leads up the hills above Calistoga. The trail follows an old road that used to lead to former cinnabar (mercury) mines. You can view beautiful spring wildflowers on your way up the rocky trail.

4. Buchli Station Road Trail, Napa - 4.75-mile loop, moderate
Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area is on the north shore of San Pablo Bay and offers 15,200 acres of birds, fish, and other beautiful things to see. 

5. Napa River Ecological Reserve, Yountville - 0.5-mile loop, easy
The short loop on this 73 acre preserve is the perfect place to relax and stroll. You can walk underneath tall oaks on this trail that hugs the river.

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