Table Rock Trail

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, California

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain1,510ft
Trailhead Elevation2,263ft
Top2,740ft
Elevation Min/Max2177/2740ft
Elevation Start/End2263/2263ft
Table Rock Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Napa County, California. It is within Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. It is two miles long and begins at 2,263 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,510 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The Bear Rock Overlook attraction and the Labyrinths information can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail. The trail ends near Table Rock (elevation 2,369 feet). This trail connects with the following: Palisades Trail, Table Scraps Pinnacle Approach Trail, Trail and Climbers Approach Trail.

Table Rock Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hikes 12–14 head east through Robert Louis Stevenson State Park from the summit at Highway 29. The hikes are three segments of the entire trail from the Table Rock trailhead to the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road. This first segment— the Table Rock Trail—follows an abandoned utility road and a single-tread path. The trail leads 2.2 miles through the forest to spectacular overlooks, crossing a ridge to prominent Table Rock. The massive formation sits at the head of Garnett Canyon at an elevation of 2,462 feet. It is the largest rock mass in the area."

"Towering over 1,500 feet above the Napa Valley, the Palisades are an awesome series of volcanic cliffs. At the north end of the formation is rugged Table Rock, one of the most unusual and beautiful landmarks in the Wine Country. The trail to the top of Table Rock travels through wild, rugged canyons, lofty ridges, and the bizarre landscape of Table Rock itself, where twisted crags and weird rock formations are coupled with awesome views of the vineyards far below.


The Table Rock Trail is 2.3 miles from the trailhead to the summit of Table Rock. The trail begins climbing immediately through a typical Northern California hardwood forest. Trees include oak, bay, madrone, fir, and an occasional pine. The trail climbs moderately and follows an old roadbed. The first opportunity for views comes about 0.25 mile from the trailhead, where the trees clear and a rocky outcropping provides an excellent vista of Mount Saint Helena to the west and the southern end of the Collayomi Valley, which is home to the nearby community of Middletown. Far to the north, the Snow Mountain massif lines the horizon."

"Overlooking calistoga valley, beneath dominant Mount St. Helena, on the lip of sheer volcanic cliffs, the view from Table Rock is something to remember."

"The western parklands of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park envelop Mount Saint Helena to the west of Highway 29 (Hike 50 and 51). The next four hikes, however, explore a long rocky route on the other side of the highway, just east of the Sonoma-Napa county line. The trail along these volcanic cliffs passes through a fascinating array of boulders and rocky outcroppings. The hikes included here are three segments of the entire trail, from the Table Rock trailhead to the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road. Hike 55 is a one-way shuttle of the entire 10.6-mile trail. This hike starts at the main parking area on Highway 29 and leads to Table Rock, following the first segment of the trail. The route utilizes an abandoned utility road and a single-tread path. The trail leads 2.2 miles through the forest to spectacular overlooks, crossing a ridge to prominent Table Rock. The massive formation sits at the head of Garnett Canyon at an elevation of 2,462 feet. It is the largest rock mass in the area."

"The rugged Palisades are precipitous volcanic cliffs that stretch southeast from Mount Saint Helena through Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. The Palisades property was acquired in 1993, raising the park’s acreage to 5,272 acres. The Palisades Trail is among the best hikes in the area. It links the Table Rock Trail (Hike 52) with the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road (Hike 54). This hike starts from the main parking area on Highway 29 and heads southward on the Table Rock trail. The route continues on the Palisades Trail after Table Rock, then leads another four miles to Karl Holm’s homestead. The homestead sits among old foundations, remnants of two stone houses, and a small apple orchard. En route to Holm’s Place, the trail skirts the base of the dramatic volcanic cliffs, passing awesome rocky outcroppings, overlooks, and cliffs on the sun-exposed slope. Peregrine falcons are frequently spotted from the trail. Bring an ample supply of drinking water for this long, and often hot, hike."

"This one-way shuttle hike combines the previous three trails into one hike—the Table Rock Trail, the Palisades Trail, and the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road. The hike follows a fantastic route along volcanic cliffs, known as the Palisades, on the east side of Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. The trail in considered to be one of the best in the area. The hike begins at the park’s main parking area at the summit of Highway 29 and travels 10.6 miles southward to Calistoga, less than a half mile from downtown. Highlights of the trail include gardens of lava rock, volcanic cliffs, the Bear Rock Overlook, Garnett Creek, Table Rock, Lasky Point, a rocky grotto, and the old Holm’s Place homestead. Table Rock sits at the head of Garnet Canyon at an elevation of 2,462 feet. There are great views that span from the Sonoma coastal ranges to Napa Valley. After Holm’s Place, the trail follows an old mine road from 1893. Wagon wheel ruts are still visible in the rockbed. Although the trail begins at the high end of the route and loses elevation, the hike is still quite strenuous. The trail leads though a dry, sun-exposed landscape and requires ample drinking water"

"The rugged Palisades are precipitous volcanic cliffs that stretch southeast from Mount Saint Helena. The Palisades property was acquired in 1993, raising the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park acreage to 5,272 acres. The Palisades Trail, arguably among the best hikes in Napa County, links the Table Rock Trail with the Historic Oat Hill Mine Road."

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5/13/2016
Some parts of the hike are somewhat challenging up steep terrain, but for the most part the hike escalates at a even rate. There is a little trail about 10-15 minutes into the hike that leads off of the main path directly to a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, perfect for a picnic. The view at the very top of the mountain at the end of the trail was well-worth it with breath-taking scenery of calistoga.
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5/15/2009
This is a great trail and area to go to. Good trail for hiking/mountain biking. It is nice that it is right next to Mt Saint Helena, but that also means there will be a lot of people. I didnt see anyone on my hike but there have been many people there. Table Rock is a must!
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