Hike Date: October 24, 2014
Distance: ~ 4 miles
Trail(s): Veteran’s Peak Trail
Where’s it at? Yountville, CA behind Veteran’s home


Ahh…a new hiking spot that isn’t 1+ hours from home! I don’t get those very often any more. A friend from a hiking group knew about this one and I was ecstatic to try it out. The trailhead is behind the Veteran’s home and a little south of the cemetery, near a red barn. It took us a little walking to find it, but find it we did!

The trail is poorly maintained but nothing to worry about. Watch out for a little poison oak here and there and don’t wear your white shoes and you’ll be fine. It’s not an overly exciting hike until you get up higher and start getting some nice views of Napa Valley and Yountville. At one point, a junction of two trails, presumably the other one going to the nearby reservoir, which I’ll also visit soon, there is a memorial with a torn american flag on a post. It was a nice treat to find and it was obvious this is a hike that some of the vets at least used to take from time to time.

As you head upward there becomes a pretty obvious summit, but nothing too exciting awaits. It’s the top of veteran’s peak but only has some old radio antennas and an abandoned building of some sort at the top. If you find another trail that heads sort of south eastward, it leads to a bench and some of the best views of the hike.

Unless you live nearby or, like me, have a passion for trying to hike very trail in an area, there’s really nothing too exciting about this hike. It is a good, short exercise hike and one that I’m not disappointed to have explored. I’ll be back for the longer reservoir hike soon, which I’m told is a little nicer.

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Written on October 24th, 2014 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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