Napa Hike!!! 13 out of 101: Ritchey Canyon and Coyote Peak

Ok so I made a change of plans because someone offered to go to Napa with me and well I really can’t pass that up. Our July 5th hike will take place in Napa. We will head out a little early, but not too early. As soon as the 101 has had some time to breathe we will drive up. We will stop halfway to get a little hot coffee and a quick breakfast if you need to. We will then hike and follow that with a lunch and of course wine. Please bring a snack to munch on in case you do get hungry. I am very excited to go up to Napa to hike and uhm drink. If you are free or can get free from work, join us!

Hike #13 Details:


Name: Ritchey Canyon and Coyote Peak

Where: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Level: Easy/Moderate

Distance: 4.6 miles roundtrip

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Change: 850 feet


**Please read the directions to the hike and if in doubt follow those, since they are straight from the book. **


"Summary: This trail follows perennial stream and visits one of the easternmost groves of coastal redwoods in California" -Ann Marie Brown (Author)


Excerpt: "Ritchey Canyon and Redwood Trails take you through a delightful stand of them, one of the most eastern groves of coastal redwoods in the state. Joining the redwoods are plenty of Douglas firs, buckeyes, and big-leaf maples, plus ferns galore.”


Suggested Plans:


Plan A: Carpool to hike, hike for three hours, grab some lunch followed by some wine, drive everyone back to their cars, go home happy.


Plan B: Carpool to hike, hike for three hours, grab some lunch/dinner, followed by a lot of wine, relax, drive people to their cars, head out to Oakland Art Murmur from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Go home….some time later that evening.


Directions:
“From Highway 29/128 in St. Helena, drive on Highway 29/128 for five miles to the entrance to Bothe-Napa Valley State Park on the left side of the highway. (It’s 3.5 miles south of Calistoga.) Turn left and drive .25 mile to the entrance kiosk, then continue past the visitors center to the horse trailer parking lot on the right. The trail begins on the right side of the horse trailer parking lot. ” --From the book.


*There is a $8.00 fee per vehicle. Dogs and bikers are not allowed. Maps at park cost $1.00.*


Pictures and Information:


Moon 101 Great HIkes of the San Francisco Bay Area


Kevin’s Hiking Page

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  • Alex

    Hi Bianca,

    did you get my email? I'll meet you at Eleanor Pardee as you suggested. See ya!

    July 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      saw your email...see you at the park!

      July 5, 2013

  • Alex

    Hi Bianca, Dalton,
    Can you or Bianca's friend drive up to Napa, and can I hitch a ride with you guys? My car was making strange noises earlier this evening. Now I hesitate to take it out of town. I checked Enterprise Car Rental but they would not be open between now and the 5th until after our departure time. I surveyed the parking lot in front of Office Depot, Nordstrom Rack, Home Depot in Palo Alto off University Ave (across the street from Ikea). It does have signs saying No Overnight parking. Certainly we don't plan to leave our cars there overnight. I guess we will be all right if we return before too late.

    It's a huge parking lot. How about we meet at the entrance of Nordstrom Rack at 9AM?

    July 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Alex thanks for checking that out for us. I am thinking it probably would be best to leave them in the residential area off University Ave. That way we are not stressing out about coming back too late. I work there and I am sure our cars will be fine there. I have no problem driving, my only concern is whether our night extends beyond the Oakland Art Murmur. For example if we decide to go for drinks and such after. Will you be ok hanging and just being flexible? I mean most likely we would be coming back to the city (SF) for drinks and such, but you know it just going to be one of those nights. Another option would be either driving your car up to where we are picking up Dalton and leaving it there. Dalton lives in San Mateo. I will be leaving Sunnyvale around 9:00am..so we will see you in Palo Alto around 9:20, if traffic is good. Email me your number and I will text you the cross streets to meet at.

      July 4, 2013

  • Alex

    By the way, is 9AM the meeting time in Palo Alto or San Mateo? If you have no pref, personally I prefer Palo Alto. I'm not a morning person!

    July 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      yes 9AM is the South Bay meeting time.... :D

      July 3, 2013

  • Alex

    Near 101... the huge parking lot in front of Office Depot, Nordstrom Rack, Home Depot comes to my mind (across the street from Ikea).
    But let me survey it tomorrow just to make sure if we leave a car behind all day, it won't get towed.

    July 2, 2013

  • Alex

    Sure, carpool makes sense given the distance. We are all supposed to reduce our carbon footprint...

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great..how about we meet somewhere in Palo Alto, close to the 101. Then we can drive up north to San Mateo where we will meet my friend.

      July 2, 2013

  • Alex

    Oakland Art Murmur sounds great too!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you would like to carpool let me know! 9:00am is the time we will meet at the carpool meeting spot. We will be on the road by 9:15am.

    July 1, 2013

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