I was in Napa, CA over the weekend for my bestie's wedding (congratulations Sue!) and was super excited to explore Napa Valley's wine region. I had made reservations for wine tasting at a few places and hoped I would be able to find a couple local trails to hike before the wineries opened in the morning. I found a cool little spot near our hotel called Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa, CA.
Skyline park has 25 miles of multi-use trails that wind through dense manzanita and black oak forests, chaparral, creeks, and even a small lake. Expansive views of surrounding vineyards are absolutely stunning. The trails are shared by hikers, horses, and mountain bikers, but I only saw hikers the morning I hiked it. Other activities in the park include an archery range, disk golf, picnicking, and a campground. The park's website says the park is home to many species of native plants and wildlife, including deer, foxes, turkeys, bobcats, and mountain lions. The park also hosts many flying creatures such as bats, hummingbirds, and woodpeckers.
The highest point in the park, Mt. Sugarloaf, at 1,630 feet has beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Diablo, and Mt. Tamalpais on clear days. There is also a 2.5 acre native garden site dedicated to the late Martha Walker, a local gardener who hosted a radio talk show about gardening among many other garden and native plant related activities.
I highly recommend visiting Skyline Wilderness Park if visiting Napa! It is a gorgeous trail system that is perfect for a morning hike before heading out to partake in the valley's most popular activity, wine tasting.
For more information about Skyline Wilderness Park check out the website here:
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