Middle Ritchey Canyon Loop Redwood Trail–Spring Trail–Ritchey Canyon Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is composed of rugged volcanic terrain that formed as far back as 3.5 million years ago. Within the park, the elevations range from 300 to 2,000 feet, producing diverse vegetation. The northern slopes and canyons are filled with an evergreen and deciduous forest, including redwoods, Douglas fir, tanbark oak, and blue oak. Bothe-Napa Valley is the farthest inland state park to contain redwood trees. The southern, exposed slopes are covered with chaparral and brush. Ritchey Creek flows through the heart of the state park before joining the Napa River a few miles to the east. A network of trails follows the riparian corridor through stands of coastal redwoods and ferns. Three trail options are included for hiking along Ritchey Creek. This medium-length hike leads to the middle section of Ritchey Canyon, making a double loop along both sides of the creek. The trail moderately climbs into the secluded upper canyon and explores a sampling of the park’s natural features."