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Mt. St. Helena (4343') Peak Hike

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Difficulty: Strenuous 11 mile, 2200 feet of elevation gain hike on trail and fire road. We must hike at a fast pace due early sunset. Must bring headlamp and Ten Essentials.

Highlights: With clear skies one can see Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay to the south; the Coast Range peaks, Yolla Bolly peaks, Snow Mountain and possibly Mt. Lassen to the north; the Pacific Ocean to the west and Lake Berryessa and Sacramento Valley to the east.

Trailhead: This hike begins on the west side of CA 29 at the Stevenson Memorial trailhead in Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. From Sacramento take I-80 West, exit on CA-12 West, turn right on CA-29/CA-12, continue straight on to CA-29N and drive through Napa. Continue on CA-29N up the Napa Valley to Calistoga, in Calistoga turn right on Lincoln Street CA-29N/Lake County Highway for 8.6 miles to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park., where there is roadside parking on each side of the road. The trailhead is on the west side.,+-121.4950073&daddr=Trailhead+%4038.655414+,+-122.606128&hl=en&ll=38.656561,-122.602444&spn=0.049197,0.091667&mra=ls&ttype=dep&noexp=0&noal=0&time=11:23am&date=12%2F03%2F2012&t=m&z=13&geocode=FReVTAIdISLC-A%3BFbbVTQId0C2x-A

Trail Description: The hike starts in a densely forested area where Robert Louis Stevenson once owned a home. The house is gone with only a plaque to mark its location. This initial one mile switches back through a mixed evergreen grove with a bit of rock hopping until we emerge on the fire road. From there the hike is a steady uphill. As you ascend you begin to see further and further in all directions. The view of the Palisades across the valley is particularly impressive, especially of those who have experienced that hike first hand. We will also stop at a point where Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties meet. We will plan to have lunch at the top of the mountain (North Peak) in the shadow of the cell phone towers (one of the few marks against this hike). After lunch we will retrace our way back, briefly deviating to stop at the South Peak.


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