Mt. St. Helena 1322m (4,339ft)
Mt. St. Helena East, 1280m+ (4,2000ft+)
Mt. St. Helena South Peak, 1220m (4,003ft)
|Mountain area : ||Napa, California USA|
|Map : ||Bothe-Napa Valley State Park|
|Books : ||California County Summits (Gary Suttle)|
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|Hiked : ||July 2000||
Mt. St. Helena seen from hwy 29
Mt. St. Helena - not to be confused with Mt. St. Helens in Washington state,
lies in Napa county, California. The mountain is
located in the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, just north of the
town Calistoga. A triple county boundary (Lake, Sonoma, Napa)
just east of the main summit marks the high point (4200+ feet) of
Napa County. This point is referred to as Mt. St. Helena East in
the California County Summits by Gary Suttle.
Mt. St. Helena trailhead - Mt. St. Helena summit (summer)
|Difficulty : ||Moderately strenuous|
|Risk : ||None|
|Distance : ||5,3 miles to the top|
|Time : ||3-5 hours roundtrip both summits|
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From Napa, take hwy 128/29 north. Pass the town of St. Helena. From Calistoga,
a bit further north, follow hwy 29 towards Clearlake. After 7 miles (including
a lot of switchbacks) you will reach the Mt. St. Helena trailhead and parking
at the top of a ridge. Main parking is on the right hand side of the road.
Description taken from the map
The trail starts the climb up the mountain about 300 feet west of the
main parking area. The trail switches back and forth at a gentle grade
through forest for 3/4 mile to reach a stone monument. Please stay
on the trail. Hikers crossing the switchbacks have caused serious erosion
and irreparable damage on this slope.
The monument marks the site where Stevenson spent his honeymoon in
an abandoned mine building during the summer of 1880. From here you climb
more steeply and leave the forest to intersect the fire road. After a short
walk you can look down on the patchwork of the upper Napa Valley and beyond
to Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais.
Now you continue on the south-facing slope of the mountain surrounded by
chaparral, both indicative of a hot place in the summer. The higher you go,
the more exhilarating the view. At 3,6 miles, a road branches to the left
leading to South Peak in a half mile.
The state park is open during daylight hours. Remember to bring your
own drinking water. When the weather permits, the view from the summit
includes distant mountains such as Lassen, Shasta and Sierra Nevada.
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