Napa Valley is recognized as one of the premier wine growing regions in the world and a prime tourist destination 50 miles from San Francisco. The broad valley spreads alongside the lush Napa River oasis between two mountain ranges. Agricultural lands blend smoothly with a myriad of regional and state parks and thousands of acres of public greenspace. Day Hikes Around Napa Valley provides the descriptions and directions to access the area’s hiking opportunities. Trails can be discovered throughout the valley, across mountain ranges, alongside bays and rivers, and through cool forests. Highlights include steep canyons, secluded redwood forests, the largest freshwater lake in California, a massive petrified forest, rugged rock formations, historical sites, protected wildlife habitats, and expansive ridgetop vistas to the Pacific and San Francisco. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, from urban strolls to panoramic peak trails. Also included is comprehensive trail access information for dog owners. A companion guide is Day Hikes Around Sonoma County.
About the Author
Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books for more than a decade. Robert has hiked every trail in the Day Hike Book series. With 20 hiking guides in the series, he has hiked over a 1000 trails throughout the western United States and Hawaii.
Read an Excerpt
from Day Hikes Around Napa Valley... Table Rock–Palisades Trail: "The rugged Palisades are precipitous volcanic cliffs that stretch southeast from Mount Saint Helena (cover photo). The Palisades Trail, arguably among the best hikes in Napa County, begins by Table Rock and ends at Karl Holm’s homestead among old foundations, remnants of two stone houses, and a small apple orchard. En route, the trail skirts the base of the dramatic volcanic cliffs, passing awesome rocky outcroppings and cliffs on the sun-exposed slope. Peregrine falcons are frequently spotted from the trail." (followed by driving and hiking directions, map)
Table of Contents
Each hike includes a summary, driving directions, hiking directions, and a map. (1) Introduction and master map of all hikes (2) Clear Lake Area in Lake County (3) North Napa Valley: Calistoga, St. Helena, Angwin (4) Eastern Mountain Region: Rutherford, Yountville, Lake Berryessa (5) Sonoma Valley (6) City of Napa (7) South Napa Valley: American Canyon, Fairfield (8) Author's Recommended Accommodations (9) Index