Palisades Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"In terms of the sheer volume of wild, rugged terrain, impressive rock formations, staggering Wine Country views, and breathtaking trail, the Palisades Trail is tough to beat. It is also the hardest trail to access in the Wine Country. It is necessary to hike this trail with either the Table Rock Trail (Hike 58) or the Oat Hill Mine Road (Hike 60). The best option is to arrange a shuttle and hike all three trails together, beginning at top of the grade in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and descending all three trails, ending on the outskirts of Calistoga.
Simply put, the Palisades Trail is one of the most spectacular trails in the Wine Country. With magnificent views along the entire length of the trail complemented by wonderfully wild cliffs and rock formations, the trail is a long highlight reel of one of the most dramatic landscapes in the region. The awesome scenery is made all the better by the isolated nature of the trail, despite its presence above one of the most popular parts of the Napa Valley."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
"Journeying into some of the Wine Country’s most spectacular terrain, the hike through the Palisades is an adventure into a wilderness of rock high above the world-famous Napa Valley.The Napa Valley is among Northern California’s most well- known regions. World-class viticulture has established it as one of the country’s premier travel destinations. This is one of the few parts of the North Coast Range that is composed of volcanic rock, which stands in contrast to the rest of the range, which is composed of sedimentary rock."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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