Warning: This trail is not for everyone and it is not a typical Sonoma County Wanderers trail. Every once in awhile I throw in a challenge! 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, narrow and at times hard to follow. 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 11-12 miles with significant climbs and descents (appx[masked]ft). We will meet at the Calistoga Trailhead (which is actually the end of the hike) and shuttle to the top at the Robert Louis Stevenson Trailhead. We need to have drivers to make this hike work because of the shuttle involved.
Also as a special note! Our lunch spot is well past half way at Holm's Place. Eat before you come and if you think you will get hungry on the way to lunch then bring something you can eat as you hike.
To do this trail all hikers should be able to say yes to the following:
I have been hiking 10+ 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 very experienced and fit hiker and can navigate rough terrain.
If meeting at the top-Directions to the Robert Louis Stevenson Park access point:
From Calistoga go northeast on highway 29 up the winding mountain road until you see the sign for the park at the roads summit.
If meeting at the bottom-Directions to the Calistoga access to the trail:
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).
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
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! This is a LONG day!
See you on the trail!