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Mount Saint Helena

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Sonoma Coast + Napa Area, California

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  • Sign at the trailhead, just a brief walk from the parking lot.- Mount Saint Helena
  • The first mile of the hike traverses through a thick forest of pine and madrone.- Mount Saint Helena
  • View of Napa Valley to the south.- Mount Saint Helena
  • Most of the hike is on an old logging road that winds up the southern side of the mountain.- Mount Saint Helena
  • View of nearby moutains to the southeast, including Table Rock.- Mount Saint Helena
  • One of many viewpoints to look out over the Napa Valley.- Mount Saint Helena
  • Pass through a tunnel of trees and flowers just before reaching the summit.- Mount Saint Helena
  • View to the north from the summit of Mount Saint Helena.- Mount Saint Helena
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
360-degree views.
Cons: 
Exposed. Communication towers at the summit.
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Region:
Sonoma Coast + Napa Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,230.00 ft (679.70 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,260.00 ft (688.85 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With stunning, 360-degree views of Northern California countryside, the summit of Mount Saint Helena is well worth the climb. The North Peak is the highest point in Napa County, rising 4,343 feet above sea level. On a clear day, often the best found in winter, you can see the Napa Valley, the San Francisco Bay, Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, and the High Sierra.

The hike begins at the Robert Luis Stevenson (RLS) Memorial Trail from the parking lot on the west side of the road, where you’ll pass an open area with picnic tables before you reach the sign for the summit. The beginning of the hiking trail is narrow and rocky at times, and it switchbacks up the hill through a dry forest of oak, madrone, and Douglas fir. After about 0.7 miles you will see the Robert Luis Stevenson Memorial near a small clearing. This marks the location where Stevenson and his wife honeymooned in 1880. Continue a short distance up a steep, eroded trail before taking a left onto an old logging road that leads to the summit.

From here the road winds continuously up the side of the mountain. Knobcone pine and manzanita flank the road, and you'll see several rock climbing spots and viewpoints along the way. About 3 miles up the road you will reach a spur up to the South Peak, then continue straight and down before the the final climb to the North Peak (the mountain’s highest point). On the top there are a number of communication towers, but they don’t block the wonderful views. Once you’ve enjoyed some time on the summit, continue down the way you came.

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