Hike Date: November 16, 2014
Distance: ~ 12 miles
Trail(s): Oat Hill Mine Trail, Palisades Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail
Where’s it at? Eastern Napa Valley above Calistoga


The hike along the palisades trail above Calistoga offers some excellent views of the Napa Valley and a good challenge for hikers. I recruited two friends for this hike which was our first with the Meetup.com group “The Hike”, and we met at the trailhead at Oat Hill Mine road where the plan was to shuttle people up to the Robert Louis Stevenson parking lot and do a one-way 10 mile hike back down to Oat Hill. Unfortunately a dead body was found on 29 by Robert Louis so we had to make alternate arrangements at the last minute.

The choice was made to hike at least to Holms Place which is about halfway through that planned hike, and we did, having lunch at that location where I ate a delicious Nob Hill turkey sandwich on the best dutch crunch ever! All either of us decided to do another mile down the palisades trail where we turned around and hiked back in reverse. All in all it was a longer hike than we’d planned at 12 miles, and as usual, I was a little sore after this one. The hike is demanding in terms of constantly watching your footing. The hardest part is on the palisades trail.

All in all this was a great hike as usual. The fall colors were in full swing giving some gorgeous reds and yellows on the vineyards below.

Photos from Hiking Oat Hill and the Palisades (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Oat Hill Mine Trailhead



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