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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Sonoma Coast + Napa Area, California

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  • View of The Palisdes from Highway 29. Table Rock is just out of view to the left.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock Trailhead.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • The trail opens to views of Mount Saint Helena (4,341').- Table Rock
  • Climbers on crags near Table Rock Trail. - Table Rock
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Table Rock
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Table Rock
  • Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • Western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) on the Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • Mount Saint Helena (4,341') and northern Napa Valley.- Table Rock
  • Upper Napa Valley with Sonoma over the ridgeline.- Table Rock
  • Coast indian paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) on the Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • A labyrinth along the Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • A labyrinth along the Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
  • The trail dips in and out of wooded pockets that provide welcome shade on hot days.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock.- Table Rock
  • Mount Saint Helena (4,341') from Table Rock. - Table Rock
  • Table Rock.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock is the Bay Area's tallest continuous cliff, with a height of 300 feet.- Table Rock
  • A long way down.- Table Rock
  • Table Rock Trail.- Table Rock
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Fantastic Napa Valley views. Labyrinth. Nearby climbing.
Cons: 
Hot in the summer.
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Region:
Sonoma Coast + Napa Area, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,250.00 ft (685.80 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This pleasant yet moderate hike in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park leads to the summit of the Bay Area’s tallest precipice and a phenomenal view overlooking Napa Valley. Located across Highway 29 from the better known Mount Saint Helena, aptly named Table Rock boasts an invitingly large, flat top that abruptly drops 300 feet to the hillside below. Explore with caution! 

The Table Rock Trail begins at Highway 29 and climbs through a forest of tanoaks, madrone, and Douglas fir en route to a rocky overlook of Mount Saint Helena rising above the Napa Valley. From here you can see the trail drop in elevation to a plateau. Follow the trail downhill in an easterly direction. A nice little surprise is waiting at the bottom of this first hill: Some creative soul has taken the time to construct multiple labyrinths out of stone.

Continue down a second hill into a valley, then follow a seasonal creek bed that leads to a wooded hillside. Climb the hill and proceed up a small canyon to the signed junction for Table Rock Overlook and Palisades Trail. Hang a right and climb the lunar-like backside a short ways to the top of Table Rock. Enjoy the views, but be careful not to get too close to the edge. And keep an eye open for the peregrine falcons that are sometimes seen here.

Given the rock formations, it may not be a surprise to learn Mount Saint Helena, the Table Rock area, and The Palisades have a fair amount of established climbing routes. There are challenging routes on Table Rock itself, with many more on The Palisades and on the crags scatted around Mount Saint Helena.

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