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The famous and beautiful....Palisad­es Trail ! (Rugged and Strenuous)

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Warning:  This trail is not for everyone. It is rugged and can be treacherous.  It is not recommended for anyone with any type of injury that could be aggravated by hiking this trail or anyone that is not an experienced hiker.  While the trail is beautiful it is steep, slippery and narrow.  Due to past problems we can only accept hikers that have hiked previously with the group.  No new hikers on this hike.

A description is as follows:

The rugged Palisades are precipitous volcanic cliffs that stretch southeast from Mount St. Helena.  Travel through varied forests, a garden of lava rock, a meditation circle, scramble of volcanic cliffs and wander below the cliffs called the Palisades.  This trail is between 11 miles with significant climbs and descents (appx[masked]ft).  The last 4 miles are on a rough fire road with a steady decline...this can be very wearing on your legs...be prepared!  We will meet at the Silverado trail Trailhead in Calistoga. We need to have some extra drivers to make this hike work because we will shuttle together up to the Robert Louis Stevenson park on Hwy 29 to start this hike.  So in this case, it would be wonderful to have some solo drivers.  Usually we encourage everyone to carpool but when we do a shuttle hike we do need EXTRA cars.

This is a must-do hike if you are physically able to do it.

An easy way to know if you would enjoy this hike is if you are able to say yes to the following:

I have been hiking 8+ in the last couple of weeks.

I have been hiking trails with an altitude gain of over 2000 feet regularly and consistently in the past few months.

I consider myself an experienced and fit hiker and can navigate rough terrain.

Directions:

From Highway 29/Lincoln Ave in downtown Calistoga, drive one mile northeast on Lincoln Ave (Hwy 29) through town to Silverado Trail. Drive through the intersection and park in the spaces on the right at the trailhead. Only a few cars will squeeze in here, but there is some parking diagonally across the road (south side of Lincoln). Carpooling is highly recommended. - Be Prepared... There are no restroom facilities at the trailhead!  Also please make sure you have snacks in your pocket...lunch is past half way at Holm's Place

As always:

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.  This is especially important if there are any weather issues.  Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.

Duration: 6-8 hours

Facilities: None

Dogs?: Not allowed on the top portion of the hike.

Bring plenty of water.  This is a 3 liter hike.  Dress in layers. There is a good chance this will be hot.  Bring a lunch!  Also there is a great spot across the road from the finish for a beer after!

FOR car pools ...we have a change. Please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments NOT the general comments below. That will eliminate many msgs to the hike attendees. Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the three locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Healdsburg-Big John's Market at 8:45

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 8:40

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:15

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

 

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  • Andy E.

    It was a pleasure to hike with such a great group of people!

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Don

      Saw Andy with a hat on....that was a first for me...

      October 21, 2013

  • Brenda P.

    Oh, the adventure. This hike made me feel proud to be a member of the Wanderers. We are all strong individuals, but put us together and we are more than the sum of the parts. I know I can count on every one of you to share water, provide encouragement, calm fears, go back to help, clean up the wounds, wait patiently, or stand between a flying body and descending hillside if that's what it takes to get us all down the hill safe and sound. I saw our kindness in action and individuals facing challenges with grace on this hike. That puts a big smile on my face.

    4 · October 20, 2013

    • Marcia B

      Wonderfully stated.

      October 20, 2013

    • Trish

      Gee...I wasn't even there, however, Brenda, you so aptly described the cooperative spirit of our group that makes it so special.....

      October 20, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Fantastically gorgeous and rugged hike. Even my kids benefited from how happy and patient I was afterwards! The sliding and bonking and boinging made for quite an adventure. But this group made sure everyone got down safe and sound and happy to do it again soon.Thanks to all and especially Leigh for such good times.

    October 20, 2013

  • Leigh

    I kind of want to regress to the teenage OMG!!! Well...I guess I just did! That hike was a first! Wreckage right and left but smiling faces still reigned! You guys are just the best... I swear... I wouldn't trade you for the world! It's just truly amazing when people are out of their comfort zone and forcing themselves past what they feel comfortable doing and they still can maintain a great attitude!! A big thank you to Marcia, Paul and Paul for being our trail angels! Thank you to Yannick for sharing your water...again! This is a hike that will live on and on in our memories. It's challenges like this that keep us growing and becoming stronger............you guys ROCK!

    2 · October 19, 2013

    • Marcia B

      Thanks Leigh for keeping me from sliding down the other side of the hill. Not only that but eating dirt as a thank you.

      October 20, 2013

  • Marcia B

    I really enjoyed this hike. One day I will have to go slower and take the time to look at the wonderful scenery. Yes. One of my favorite hikes now. Great people. Thanks all.

    October 20, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Another amazing day on the trail... In spite of the heat, this hike was easier than hiking to the top for me :) Thank you Leigh and all the Wilderers in this group!

    October 20, 2013

  • Don

    Well I went against my vow to not hike this trail if it was going to be 80+ down in Calistoga, but had to get out there and see my friends which was worth it. Sorry no beer at end for me, too tired. I didn't get chance to tell my fishing story of the "big one that got away"!
    I'm sure you'll hear about it on the next hike. Be forwarned!
    See you OTT..........

    October 20, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    Rugged? Check. Strenuous? Check. Fabulous? Check!! Thank you Leigh and fellow Wanderers for an amazing day!

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • napastan

    Great hike as always great scenery,people, thanks to the people who patched up my knee, and of course many thanks to leigh

    October 20, 2013

  • Dese'

    Truly beautiful scenery right in our backyard. Great day with my Wanderer friends old and new. See you in a few weeks !

    October 19, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    We'll Leigh, you took us to the Moon and back! Except for the heat it was a great hike. I would definitely do it again under cooler conditions. The views were amazing! And I agree with Chuck, the hardest hike I have done. Thanks Leigh I'm glad you posted this hike.

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Francesca R.

    That was quite a hike - such beautiful rock formations, hilly country and amazing views. I loved being so high up. This was my second hike with you Wanderers and I am very glad to be part of the group. I enjoyed meeting many new people and having interesting conversations. Thanks for a great day.

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Meg

    A lovely hike as promised. Full of unusual sights and wonderful wanderer company. Thank you!!

    2 · October 19, 2013

  • Chuck J.

    This was the toughest hike that I've done in a while, it was a good check in on my fitness level. Thanks Leigh, a good one yet again!

    October 19, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Leigh,
    Thank you for another wonderful hike and being truly concerned about the welfare of each and every hiker. It is such a pleasure to walk with such a wonderful group of folks.
    Paul

    October 19, 2013

  • Leigh

    Oh! No bathrooms anywhere today...you might want to make a stop prior to the trailhead!

    October 19, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi Everyone!! Allow some time after the hike! We usually head across the road to La Prima Pizza after the hike since it's so conveniently located right at the end of the trail. They have a great back deck area that is perfect for us. While drivers are shuttling the drivers of the car pool cars back up to the trail head to get the cars the rest of us get in and get the orders placed and the pitchers of beer so when the drivers get down they are treated!

    1 · October 18, 2013

    • Leigh

      Just make sure if you are car pooling that everyone in your car is going to do the same!

      October 19, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the CODDINGTOWN car pool location. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    October 12, 2013

    • Carol H.

      I will be at the Coddington location.

      October 18, 2013

    • Michelle K.

      I will NOT be at Coddington. Instead, I will go solo and shuttle up to trailhead.

      October 18, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the PETALUMA car pool location. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    October 12, 2013

    • Gloria C.

      Francesca, thanks for responding. If you still want to carpool, let's meet at the Peets coffee shop at Washington square shopping center at 7:45, leaving no later than 8. That's what other carpools are doing that are stopping in Petaluma. If something happens and you can't attend, I hope to catch a ride with Meg. Otherwise, we can go together.

      October 17, 2013

    • Francesca R.

      Okay, sounds good. I'll be at Peet's, Washington Square at 7:45 if anyone needs a ride.

      1 · October 17, 2013

  • Meg

    I will be driving from Mill Valley and would like to become or join a carpool on the way. Sorry Leigh I didn't see a way to add a comment to my RSVP as you requested.

    1 · October 14, 2013

    • Meg

      Great we have a plan. Gloria will you be joining us?

      October 15, 2013

    • Gloria C.

      Hi meg, I will be at Peets and ride with you or Francesca. See you at 7:45.

      October 17, 2013

  • Don

    I will be driving solo to hopefully accommodate the shuttle.
    I can haul about three (tight) besides myself if that works.

    October 17, 2013

  • Shawna

    This is the first I've seen of the notification instead of a wait list. Will my name be automatically added to the RSVP, if a space opens?

    October 15, 2013

  • Gloria C.

    Petaluma carpool?

    October 15, 2013

  • Dese'

    Beautiful

    October 13, 2013

  • Leigh

    Please respond to this conversation if you will be at the HEALDSBURG car pool location. If you aren't interested in hearing about this particular car pool you can MUTE this comment(see option below) and not receive any messages added to this conversation.

    October 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coddingtown carpool

    October 12, 2013

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