Stevenson Monument Trail

Calistoga, California 94515

Stevenson Monument Trail

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"A short, shady study in switchbacks leads to a monument honoring writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who honeymooned on the lower slopes of Mount Saint Helena in 1880. A small stone monument topped with an open book commemorates Robert Louis
Stevenson’s visit to Mount Saint Helena.

The weathered inscription on the open page, which can be difficult to break down in the filtered sunshine, reads: “Doomed to know not winter only spring, a being trod the flowery April blithely for awhile. Took his fill of music, joy of thought and seeing, came and stayed and went, nor ever ceased to smile.”"

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Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Robert Louis Stevenson State Park encompasses 5,272 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains above Calistoga. The immense park straddles Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties. The centerpiece of the park is 4,339-foot Mount Saint Helena, the highest peak in Sonoma County. The state park is undeveloped. Hiking and biking are the primary activities. This hike makes a loop along the lower portion of the trail to the Stevenson Memorial. In the summer of 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, honeymooned for several months in an abandoned, two-story bunkhouse near the Silverado Mine. Stevenson wrote about his time here in his book Silverado Squatters . A memorial marker identifies the site of the abandoned mine building. The memorial, unveiled in 1911, has a quartz base and an open, book-shaped Scotch granite cap inscribed with a Stevenson poem. The short loop hike zigzags up the hillside under the shade of Douglas fir, live oak, madrone, tanbark oak, and manzanita. Hike 51 continues from the loop to the summit of Mount Saint Helena." Read more
Day Hikes Around Napa Valley (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Robert Louis Stevenson State Park encompasses 5,272 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains above Calistoga. The immense park straddles Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties. The centerpiece of the park is Mount Saint Helena, the highest peak in Sonoma County. This hike makes a loop along the lower portion of the trail to the Stevenson Memorial. In the summer of 1880, Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, honeymooned for several months in an abandoned, two-story bunkhouse near the Silverado Mine. Stevenson wrote about this time in his book Silverado Squatters. A memorial marker identifies the site of the abandoned mine building. The memorial, unveiled in 1911, has a quartz base and an open, bookshaped Scotch granite cap inscribed with a Stevenson poem." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"This study in switchbacks leads to a monument erected to honor famed writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who honeymooned on the lower slopes of Mount St. Helena in 1880. A small stone monument topped with an open book commemorates Robert Louis Stevenson’s visit to Mount St. Helena. In the late nineteenth century, before he hit the big time, Stevenson brought his new bride, Fanny, to an abandoned mining cabin on the flanks of the mountain. Now both the cabin and Stevenson are gone, but his legacy remains." Read more

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Trail Information

Calistoga
Nearby City
1.4
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1 hour
Duration
Best Spring and Fall
Season
Bothe–Napa Valley State Park, 3801 St. Helena Hwy. North, Calistoga, CA 94515; (707) 942-4574; www.parks.ca.gov. Information is also available through the Napa Valley State Parks website at napavalleystateparks.org.
Local Contacts
USGS Detert Reservoir; map in park brochure, available for a fee at Bothe–Napa
Local Maps

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Dec 2018