Glorious day on Mt. St. Helena

Peak Summited2020 Mount Saint Helena
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMain parking lot
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://strava.app.link/cOgH0jl402

Day 5 – Summit #5. There was amazing weather for a summit of the highest of the NorCal SixPack of Peaks. Cool and clear at the start, which includes about a mile of some technical switchbacks before turning onto a fire road. From there, it’s a steady uphill climb to the summit. Along the way, see a bunch of climbers practicing on a rock outcropping. At about 3 1/2 miles there is a turnoff going left to the 4,003 foot South Peak (which doesn’t have the prominence of the north summit). Instead, headed straight to continue to the 4,343 foot North Peak. Overall, the trail/road is in pretty good shape, though it does get a little rocky in spots. The views on this peak are fantastic – as the lower parts of the trail has views of the Napa Valley, then to the east can be seen the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra. From the peak, it’s easy to see Mt Diablo, Mt Tamalpais and the San Francisco Bay to the south as well as the Pacific Ocean to the west. It’s a stunning view that’s well worth the drive (plus, there’s the option of wine tasting before heading back home).

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