Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, California

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain1,027ft
Trailhead Elevation1,062ft
Top1,825ft
Elevation Min/Max1040/1825ft
Elevation Start/End1062/1062ft

Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail

Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Napa County, California. It is within Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 1,062 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,027 feet. This trail connects with the following: Spring Trail.

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"The Ritchey Canyon Trail in Bothe-Napa Valley State Park runs nearly 4 miles along Ritchey Creek to the Traverso Homestead site in a pastoral meadow. The old homestead, located at the upper west end of the state park, dates back to the 1880s. A small fruit orchard still remains. En route, the shaded path weaves along a riparian habitat between volcanic rock cliffs, passing through groves of big-leaf maples, Douglas firs, oaks, and redwoods." Read more
"Ritchey Creek, a tributary of the Napa River, runs from west to east through the length of Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. Trails follow the creek canyon from the visitor center to the Traverso Homestead—the destination for this hike. The hike makes a double loop on the lower end of Ritchey Creek, then continues on the four-mile-long Ritchey Canyon Trail to the homesite near the headwaters of the creek. The old homestead sits in a pastoral meadow at the upper west end of the state park. The site dates back to the 1880s. A small fruit orchard still remains. En route, the shaded path weaves along a riparian habitat between volcanic rock cliffs, passing through groves of bigleaf maples, Douglas firs, oaks, and redwoods." Read more

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4/5/2009
Great location along the creek. I hiked the entire park (all of the trails) in several hours. It is fun for a couple of hours but that is it, dont expect to go too far. Traverso Homestead, nothing there. It was pretty lame. Gorgeous areas, pretty creek and lots of newts!
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Trail Information

Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Nearby City
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Parks
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Local Contacts
U.S.G.S. Calistoga
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Dec 2018