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Skyline Wilderness Park and Napa Solano Ridge Trail

Outing

Overview

  • Directions

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  • Distance

    6.4 miles one-way

Stewardships

Description

East of Napa State Hospital in the southern foothills of Napa Valley, this out-and-back trail is for hardy hikers and careful equestrians

and mountain bikers; it is a narrow, often rocky trail. After a steep climb in the first mile, the trail ambles through oak forests and high

grasslands to views of North Bay marshes and mountains and then continues beside a perennial stream to the far reaches of the park.

In October 2017, the Atlas Fire burned through most of Skyline Wilderness Park and re damage surrounds the Ridge Trail. In the

months following the re, hundreds of damaged trees were removed. Start early, particularly on warm days, and take plenty of water.

The trail arrives to Suscol Headwaters Park, which opened in 2020 and has several new trail slated to be opened by 2022. In addition

to the vistas along the ridge, hikers may choose to enjoy the .2 mile-long Lookout Trail.

  • From: Park Entrance
  • To: end of Suscol Ridge Trail
  • Length: 6.4 miles one-way for hikers, 6.5 miles one-way for multiuse route (plus 6.4 or 6.5-mile return; alterative return route possible).
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1,400 feet/550 feet one-way
  • Accessibility: Hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers

(This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads, and more, buy the book from Wilderness Press. For more resources to plan your trip, visit our Trail Tools page.)