Stevenson Monument Trail Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Calistoga, California

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Calistoga
Distance: 1.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Bothe–Napa Valley State Park, 3801 St. Helena Hwy. North, Calistoga, CA 94515; (707) 942-4574; www.parks.ca.gov
Local Maps: USGS Detert Reservoir; map in the park brochure, available for a fee at Bothe–Napa Valley State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Stevenson Monument Trail (Robert Louis Stevenson State Park)

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May 2018