Historic Oat Hill Mine Road

Calistoga, California 94515

Historic Oat Hill Mine Road

Historic Oat Hill Mine Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Historic Oat Hill Mine Road is an old mining road between the town of Calistoga and Pope Valley. The remote county-built road, completed in 1893, was used by freight wagons hauling quicksilver from the mines to the railroad in Calistoga. Grooves from the wagon wheels are still visible in the rockbed. This hiking-biking trail starts from Highway 29 in Calistoga and leads northward to the old Karl Holm homestead in a shaded oak and bay laurel forest. At the 160-acre homestead are remnants of two stone houses and a small apple orchard. The rocky, rutted road to the homesteaad (closed to vehicles in 1979) rigorously climbs from 400 feet to 2,300 feet. The scenic, backcountry road offers great views of the Palisades and upper Napa Valley. The trail is open to bicyclists to Holm’s Place (but not beyond). Bring an ample supply of drinking water. This hike and the previous hike (Hike 53) both lead to Holm’s Place. This hike starts from the south and heads north to the homestead. Hike 53 starts in the north and leads south. The next hike (Hike 55) is a 10.6-mile one-way shuttle hike of the entire trail. The shuttle hike begins at the north trailhead and travels south, descending along three connected trails—the Table Rock Trail, the Palisades Trail, and the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"The Historic Oat Hill Mine Road is an old mining road between the town of Calistoga and Pope Valley. This hiking-biking section of the trail is the reverse of the Hike 14 shuttle, for those who wish to walk only this end of the trail up to Holm’s Place. The remote county-built road, completed in 1893, was used by freight wagons hauling quicksilver from the mines to the railroad in Calistoga. Grooves in the rockbed from the wagon wheels are still visible. The rocky, rutted road (closed in 1979) rigorously climbs from 400 feet to 2,300 feet." Read more

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8/6/2011
Caught this one on a relatively cool day for August. Don't attempt this one on a hot day as it is exposed on more than half the hike. Great views of the North Napa Valley area, as well as view up valley towards Mt St Helena. Its a fairly gradual climb over 4.5 miles, but bring a solid soled set of shoes. You will be walking over lots of rocks. Well worth the effort. Easy to find, right at the intersection of HWY 29 and the Silverado Trail.
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10/21/2010
Wonderful views of the Napa Valley. The trail is easy to follow, but a good pair of hiking boots are a must. The volcanic rock areas can be hard on the feet. This hike is a must!
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Trail Information

Calistoga
Nearby City
9
Distance
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Calistoga Bothe-Napa Valley/Robert Louis Stevenson State Parks
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Dec 2018