Mount Saint Helena Trail

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain2,598ft
Trailhead Elevation2,173ft
Top4,331ft
Elevation Min/Max2173/4331ft
Elevation Start/End2173/2173ft

Mount Saint Helena Trail

Mount Saint Helena Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Napa County, and Sonoma County, California. It is within Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 2,173 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,598 feet. The KFTY-TV (Santa Rosa) (elevation 4,288 feet) tower, the Silverado Mine (elevation 2,772 feet) quarry, and the Silverado Mine attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the KCDS-FM (Angwin) (elevation 4,295 feet) tower and Mount Saint Helena (elevation 4,327 feet) and Mount Saint Helena. This trail connects with the following: Approach Trail to The Bear.

Mount Saint Helena Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The hike to the summit of Mount Saint Helena is a classic Wine Country hike. On the way to the summit, it passes the historic location of author Robert Louis Stevenson’s cabin, a pair of popular rock- climbing crags, and sweeping vistas of the Napa Valley and the rugged mountains of eastern Napa County. The panoramic vista from the summit is one of the best in the Wine Country.

Whatever the forces that created the peak, there is no denying the mountain’s stature and central position in the Wine Country. Such a feature will naturally draw the interest of hikers, and Mount Saint Helena does not disappoint. Befitting a mountain of its stature, the trail to the summit of Mount Saint Helena is among the longest hikes, with the most elevation gain, in the Wine Country."

"Mount Saint Helena is the tallest peak in Sonoma County at 4,339 feet. It is located in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park north of Calistoga, at the intersection of Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties. A 5.3-mile trail winds through the undeveloped park to the volcanic mountain’s North Peak. The route utilizes a long and sinuous fire road on a south-facing slope, exposed to sun and wind. The popular hiking and biking route steadily climbs but is never steep. The long distance and substantial elevation gain, however, make it a strenuous hike. Throughout the hike, the views are spectacular. From the summit are 360-degree vistas that extend across Napa Valley to Mount Tamalpais, to San Francisco and the twin peaks of Mount Diablo in the south, Mount Lassen and Snow Mountain in the north, the Vaca Mountains in the east, and the coastal ranges and the ocean in the west."

"Mount Saint Helena, in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, is the tallest peak in Sonoma County at 4,339 feet. A 5.3-mile trail winds through the undeveloped park to the volcanic mountain’s North Peak. It is a long, sinuous fire road on a south-facing slope, exposed to sun and wind. The popular hiking and biking route steadily climbs but is never steep. The long distance and substantial elevation gain, however, make it a strenuous hike. Throughout the hike, the views are spectacular. From the summit are 360-degree vistas extending across Napa Valley to Mount Tamalpais, including the twin peaks of Mount Diablo and San Francisco in the south, Mount Lassen and Snow Mountain in the north, the Vaca Mountains in the east, and the coastal ranges to the ocean in the west."

"The journey to Mount Saint Helena’s summit takes you high above the Napa Valley vineyards and through territory that inspired some of Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing. Upon reaching your lofty goal, you’ll see Northern California’s hills, ridges, and mountains stretching in all directions. Bring binoculars."

"This 11.2-mile out-and-back (5.6 miles each way) is so easy to follow that you really don’t need a map. Just stay on the easy, wide, well-traveled, nontechnical, smooth fire road, and keep grinding up, bypassing the few foot trails (off-limits to bikes) leading away from the road. Signposts along the way measure your progress, or at least remind you of the push you must sustain. Fortunately, the pain is eased by about six switchbacks and the emerging views of the Napa Valley. A high peak of volcanic origin, this nearly mile-high mountain boasts an incredible panoramic view in all directions. On a clear day, you can see San Francisco, the ocean, the snowcapped Sierra Nevadas, Mt. Diablo, and even Mt. Shasta to the north. You’re certainly never too far from civilization as you gaze down into the wine country with its sprawling vineyard estates. The only abundant shade on this route is during the first mile. After that, only small spots of shade offer some respite on warm, sunny days."

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11/28/2009
A long hike of 5.1 miles. But less challenging after the initial 1 mile stretch of woods. It is pretty much dirt road after that. The day I went, there was a wind speed of 70 miles/hr and chilled my bones. Not a very scenic hike like others because of the presence of electrical distribution poles and telecom towers when you go up the top. It has a very good visibility all around the Mount to a long distance including the Pacific ocean. Iam sure it will be hot and boring in summer. Think before you plan this hike.
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5/12/2008
A good phsical workout, Some spectacular views of the Napa Valley. The communication towers at the top are distracting to the beauty of it all. I still recomend each person should do it at least once and form their own opinion
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11/6/2006
Beautiful views, but you are walking a fire/service road
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Trail Information

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Nearby City
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Parks
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, 3801 Saint Helena Hwy., Calistoga, CA 94515; (707) 942-4575; www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=472
Local Contacts
U.S.G.S. Detert Reservoir and Mount Saint Helena Bothe-Napa Valley and Robert Louis Stevenson State Parks map
Local Maps