Palisades Trail

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California

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Palisades Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Napa County, California. It is within Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,302 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,213 feet. The Lasky Point attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Holm's Place (homestead) attraction and Table Rock (elevation 2,369 feet).
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Palisades Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Napa County, California. It is within Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 2,302 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,213 feet. The Lasky Point attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Holm's Place (homestead) attraction and Table Rock (elevation 2,369 feet). This trail connects with the following: Table Rock Trail and Oat Hill Mine Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Distance: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 4,213 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,302 feet
Top Elevation: 2,478 feet
Parks: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1691/2478 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2302/2302 ft

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."

"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."

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