Napa Valley Hiking, Biking & Horseback Riding
Napa Valley Boutique Hotel.When you’ve conquered the hiking and biking trails in Napa, return to the comfort of our Napa Valley boutique hotel for luxury Calistoga accommodations, and maybe even a spa treatment or two. Be sure to check out our frequent Napa Valley vacation packages. [Top]
Napa Wine Biking & Wine Tours.Want to bike from vineyard to vineyard? Try a unique wine touring experience where you can bike and wine taste around Napa Valley at your own pace.
Pick up a bike rental at the Calistoga Bike shop. You’ll get a tasting map for participating wineries, plus pick up and roadside assistance on this unique Napa Valley biking experience. [Top]
Napa Valley Horseback Riding.Go horseback riding through California redwood forests at Both State Park in Napa Valley. When you book through Triple Creek Horse Outfit, you’ll ride through majestic redwood forest trails, as well as, breathtaking oak and Douglas fir forest trails in Napa Valley. [Top]
Hiking & Biking in Napa’s Robert Louis Stevenson State Park.Explore the wonders of Napa Valley hiking and biking trails and retrace the route of famed author Robert Louis Stevenson when you head to the Napa Valley park named in his honor. Drive north through Calistoga about 8 miles up Highway 29/Lake County Highway, to reach the Robert Louis Stevenson trails. There are parking areas on both sides of the road.
The trail to the left, also known as the North Peak is the longer and the higher of the two Napa Valley trails. This is an 11.2 mile hike round trip. Most of the trail is suggested for hiking only. The trail begins with 0.5 mile of switchback through gentle grade forest before it reaches a monument. This marks the site where Stevenson spent his honeymoon in an abandoned mine building during the summer of 1880. From here you climb more steeply and leave the forest to connect with the fire road. After a short walk you can look down at the patchwork of the Napa Valley vineyards and beyond to Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Tamalpais. The trail continues on past various man made structures and a variety of natural habitats and rock formations. The higher you go the more breath taking the views become.
The trail to the right is called Table Rock or Oak Hill Mine. This trail is 10 miles one way and it is suggested that you park your car at the Lincoln Avenue and Silverado Trail intersection just 0.25 of a mile from out hotel, and then drive another car to the Robert Louis Stevenson park and hike back. This is classified as a moderately strenuous hike that incorporates an abandoned utility road and narrow paths. Part of the trail will also lead you down an old stagecoach road where you can still see the ruts in the road from the years of stagecoach travel. These paths lead you along volcanic cliffs and show evidence of the Napa Valley’s violent geologic past. It is said that this trail is one of the most spectacular trails in the Napa Valley. The elevation is lower than the Robert Louis Stevenson trail, but the close in views of the ever changing vegetation and numerous awe inspiring rock formations make up for the fewer long distance views. After circling the base of the most precipitous cliffs the trail descends to the remnants of Karl Holm’s homestead, where the trails end at the historic Oak Hill Mine.
For the stronger at heart you can start the hike from the trail head at the Silverado Trail intersection. This route climbs from 400 feet in elevation to more than 2,200 feet very rapidly. [Top]