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“Oat Hill Mine Trail”

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Ranked #30 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.
Sonoma, California
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“Oat Hill Mine Trail”
Reviewed November 27, 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.

Visited November 2013
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Decatur, Georgia
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“Some trails are very rocky & poorly marked”
Reviewed November 13, 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.

Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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177 reviews
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“Good walk, great views”
Reviewed October 17, 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.

Visited October 2013
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Vancouver
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163 reviews
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“Beautiful Vistas, Few People”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is easy to moderate hiking and the trails are in good shape.
The views across the mountains into the valleys are breathtaking.

Visited October 2013
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Wausau, Wisconsin
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“Hiking With Views of Wine Country - Picnic Possibilities”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Great little place to get away from the crowds in Napa Valley wineries. If you hike or drive up far enough, you'll get to some great valley overlooks. Take a picnic lunch up the trail to the Robert Louis Stevenson monument, placed in a small clearing far enough up the trail that most don't reach it. We enjoyed a quiet picnic with a wonderful half-bottle on a warm afternoon. Could not have imagined a better way to spend a day.

Visited October 2012
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