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“scenic vistas” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Skyline Wilderness Park

Skyline Wilderness Park
221 West Imola Ave, Napa, CA
707-252-0481
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Napa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Biking Trails, Outdoors
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Alexandria, LA
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“scenic vistas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is really nice park, especially for a flatlander. You can hike up the skyline trail and see great views of Napa all the way to the Bay, then go around the lake and hike back down thru the trees. Great breezes to keep you cool and a good bit of wildlife.

Visited April 2012
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“Good day hikes close to Napa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

We did the skyline trail to the end and then took the rim rock trail back down, took us 3 hrs moving at a moderate pace. Great hike, except for a few short sections it's not very challenging and you get some decent views of Napa valley and the bay.

Visited February 2012
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“Napa Valley hiking at its best!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2009

Skyline Wilderness Park provides very good hiking opportunities considering how close the park is to a city. The well-maintained trails take hikers through a variety of hillside, hilltop and creek bottom habitats. There are great scenic views overlooking the city of Napa and the Coast Range mountains beyond. .

Skyline Wilderness Park trip report 26dec2009
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Napa, California
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“Best hikes in Napa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

As a local, I just wanted to add a couple of things as to what Moondance 7 so appropriately wrote. I helped build some of the trails so I know the park well. It really gives you a taste of what Napa Valley was once all about: beautiful forests with mighty oaks, along with some chaparral country up on the mountain ridges. Now of course, Napa Valley is somewhat different.

One of the best hikes would be to take Buckeye trail to Lake Marie (they give you a map at the park entrance). It should take you no more than an hour and a half with about 400 ft. elevation gain at the very beginning. There are some picnic tables at and just below the lake where you could eat/snack. There is no swimming at the smallish lake. You could keep on going to the end of the park along Skyline Trail, but I recommend heading back via Marie Creek Trail and Toyon/Manzanita Trails. Marie Creek Trail meanders next to the creek for about a half hour until you get to the Thatchers Rim Rock Trail fork. Keep going North, following the Manzanita trail with lovely chaparral country, looping back to the parking lot for a total of about 5.5 miles. This is a really lovely and not too strenuous hike. If you want strenuous, go up and over Thatchers Rim Rock Trail and back down Skyline Trail, following it all the way back to the lot. You will feel your muscles after that one.

Skyline Park is really a great casual hiker's park as well as for mountain bikers and horse riders. It’s usually good to avoid the weekends, but it never really feels too crowded then. Enjoy what Napa Valley was to the inhabitants before the wine industry hit.

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“Hiker's Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2005

This is a great park for anyone to visit. It has picnic grounds, a disc golf course, archery range, a social center, tent, RV and horse camping, a barn and arena for equestrian use and a wonderful botanical garden and native plant growing area. But what we came for on this bright day in May was a hike on the trails, and what trails they are! First, be prepared to pay a nominal use fee ($5.00 for our car of hikers - the fees vary depending on whether you have horses, bikes, llamas, etc.) and DO get the map from the ranger – you’ll use it! You might also want to ask how to get to the trailhead – it’s a little tricky until you get into the picnic/arena area, and then there are signs. If it’s your first visit, or if you have any doubts about just how strenuous a hike you want, it’s a good idea to read the descriptions of the various trails on the back of the map. For our first visit, we chose the relatively gentle slopes of Lake Marie Road and Buckeye Trail, which, as a loop, provide you with a hike of less than 5 miles and an elevation gain of about 680 feet. Other trails are far more challenging, with one offering a steep climb of 1490 feet above the trailhead. The trails offer a variety of views, terrain and trail conditions, ranging from wide, well graded gravel road to narrow rocky path and cool earth, open sunny meadows and deep moist forest (don’t forget the mosquito repellant). On the day we visited, there was an equestrian event going on, so there were a number of horses sharing the trails, which added a nice element to our day. The park is open to hikers, bicycles, horses, llamas, pack goats and other pack-quadrupeds, but NO pets or motorized vehicles. Some sections of trail are for hikers only, with bypasses for horses & bikes. On this particular Saturday, we encountered only one mountain biker, a handful of hikers and perhaps 25 horses and even at that felt that we had the park to ourselves. I suspect on an average day, you’ll have a significant opportunity for solitude. Near the beginning of Lake Marie Road is a sign warning you of the presence of rattlesnakes, wild pigs, poison oak and ticks. Of these hazards, we spotted only one – the poison oak. Creatures we did see included colorful butterflies and dragonflies, dozens of beautiful lizards, many birds with interesting songs and one adorable little ring-necked snake (a harmless and very small species). Our first visit just whetted our appetite for more, and we are sure to return to explore the other trails of Skyline Wilderness.

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