Hike Date: March 22, 2012
Distance: Total – 10.7 Miles, South – 7.6 Miles, North – 3.1 Miles
Trail(s): Napa River Trail, Napa Valley Vine Trail
Where’s it at? See the map. Napa, CA. There are two sections that do not connect as of today.


Decided to take a hike on the Napa River Trail, which is eventually expected to connect but currently has a north and south section. My mileage shown in this post is based on my GPS tracking app, and the actual trail proper is a bit shorter. I probably hiked an extra 2-3 miles in the south section that isn’t officially part of the Napa River Trail.

Signage on the southern section indicate that this is also part of the SF Bay Trail which I’d walked on extensively on the peninsula, so far, and was glad to take on another section of it up here in the North Bay.

That said, the trail is very flat and easy hiking, and in many spots paved. In fact I think it’s only the paved portions that are officially part of the trail, but especially on the south section, you can continue on from the trail in both directions if you want to get a little more exercise in.

The two sections are very different from each other. The south section is more secluded and wilderness-y, and was my favorite of the two sections, also offering a greater distance to walk, bike, or run. It starts out in Kennedy Park in Napa and takes you under the Imola bridge and up as far as 3rd Street. In some sections it is right next to the Napa River, in others you are along the Wine Train railroad tracks, and in others you are walking around the park itself. I saw a lot of water-loving birds on this hike and was treated to a good number of blooming california poppies. It was definitely scenic and very few people were using the trail when I visited.

The North section is sort of the landscaped counterpart of the south section. The official trail is 100% paved, and very nicely I might add, but there are also small trails here and there that let you get a little closer to the water and some single track trail hiking in. In many parts of this trail there is landscaping on your right and trees on your left. You get views down to the river here and there but are generally hiking about 50 feet above it. I parked in the parking lot west of Soscol at Trancas and just had to cross one street. The beginning and end of the trail are clearly marked by signs on this leg of the trail.

I don’t favor hiking on paved trails that are as flat as these, but glad to have visited and I wouldn’t mind trying the south section again in each of the seasons to see the changes. It’s a great place to take a daily walk if you are local, but not so much a destination hike when compared to the others offered in the area.

South Section Stats:

Created by My Tracks on Android.

Total distance: 12.23 km (7.6 mi)
Total time: 1:51:16
Moving time: 1:45:39
Average speed: 6.60 km/h (4.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.95 km/h (4.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.70 km/h (7.3 mi/h)
Min elevation: -38 m (-126 ft)
Max elevation: 14 m (45 ft)
Elevation gain: 357 m (1172 ft)

Photos from Napa River Trail South Section (click to enlarge)

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North Section Stats:

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 4.97 km (3.1 mi)
Total time: 45:19
Moving time: 42:28
Average speed: 6.58 km/h (4.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 7.02 km/h (4.4 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.90 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Min elevation: -46 m (-150 ft)
Max elevation: 1 m (5 ft)
Elevation gain: 186 m (612 ft)

Photos from Napa River Trail North Section (click to enlarge)

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