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excellent views. most of it is a fire road that is exposed to the sun, but starting at dawn helped.

Mt St Helena

There was some shade in the beginning, but most of it was in the sun. We made it to the top by 10AM but it…

Mt. Saint Helena

The first 3/4 mile is the steepest, but shaded and very manageable.  The remainder of the hike to the top is exposed fire road due…

wine country valley view

What I remember from this hike was that the parking lot (pull-out) was very easy to miss. I literally passed it thinking I was going…

Off to Mount Saint Helena

I was wanting to do this hike on a not so warm day as most of the blogs or reviews related to the hike warned…

Beat the Heat

Left the trailhead at 7:30 while it was still relatively cool. Any later and would have been still hiking as temps rose through 90’s. Couldn’t…

Beautiful Day for a Hike

Started the hike about 7:30 am and finished about 11:45 am. We parked across the street in a small parking lot. There were not many…

Perfect day hike

Get to the trailhead early!  Parking can get full quickly on a nice day.  We got there at 7:30 am and there was plenty of…

Mount St Helena

This was my second time to hike Mt SH and it did not disappoint. We arrived at 7am and there was plenty of parking. The…

My. Saint Helena

Beautiful day for a hike! We arrived at 7am and were the second car parked in the lot (parking was overflowing onto the main road…

Kanamoto’s Killer Views

Our final peak of the challenge and it was HOT out there on the exposed fire road.  Only saw 6 other hikers this Thursday morning.…

Mt. St. Helena

Awesome views, sadly you could see the results of the resent fires.  Some beautiful flowers.  But don’t go on a hot day, not much shade,…

Last Peak

There was a red flag fire alert out on the day of our hike. It sure was windy as we got to higher elevation. At…

Mt Saint Helena

Red flag warning, gale force winds, craziest hike I have done!

Mt. St. Helena 2021 edition

We started out earlier than last year, and had our small group of vaccinated friends. The wild Irises continued to delight. The wind was hurricane…

Mount St. Helena, 3rd peak done!

Started early as usual, because I am not a fan of hiking in any kind of warm weather. 🙂 Not much shade cover. Nice, slow…

#5 – Mt. St. Helena

Got there about 8:30 and was stunned to find parking across the road from the trailhead, since I’d been warned it fills up early. The…

Mount Saint Helena

Weather was a little dry and moderately warm.  Cover only in the first mile after that you are on the access road the rest of…

Hike #3

Foggy today! Wishing for a better view at the top, but great hike nonetheless!!!

Mount Helena

First 0.8 miles a bit rocky switchbacks, then an easy walk mainly on a wide fire road, narrower at the last mile. Not much shade,…

Mt. St. Helena

The first mile was technical and the last quarter mile was steep.  We started hiking around 8 am, so we had good parking and the…

Wildflower hike

I hiked with 10 other women for this group hike including my best friend Sharon and good friend Crystal. I hiked with the W.O.M.E.N. hiking…

St. Helena – Trek & Sip

10.4 miles – easy but long hike.  Hot with no shade!  Dude striped down to speedo at the top – everyone celebrates differently!  Views were…

The Grapes of Path

“Wine is bottled poetry.“  Robert Louis Stevenson Since your on a trail named after him, I’m pretty sure he said that from the top of…

Mnt St Helena

Beautiful morning hike.  The first mile is a decent climb and got us warm.   Once you get to the access road that goes to the…

Challenging Mt. Saint Helena

This was a very challenging hike for me! The first mile+ is single track and very technical in parts. I was able to do it…

The beautiful Mount Saint Helena!

My last piece  trail on Norcal Challenge! It was a foggy Tuesday morning on trailhead. At 8:30, we were the first car to parked there.…

360 View

This was not necessarily a hike with good views going up but once you got to the top there was 360 views of all of…

St Helena

I love this hike and was really looking forward to doing it again this year.  We had great weather and went early so not a…

Mt St Helena

Switch backs for the first mile. Open fire road for the rest with gorgeous views. Cold and cloudy, but cleared up by 10am. Good for all…

Mount St. Helena

The trail was easy for the most part. There was just one section in the first mile that required scrambling up rocks.

Slugs, Squirrels, Geckos Oh My!

The weather was perfect!  We started early about 8:44.  It took us about 4.5 hours but we took lots of pics and sat on the…

Monday on St Helana

Arrived early and had a cool and beautiful hike up.  Very chilly at the top.  Hiking down was quick and easy.

Mt. St. Helena

Beautiful trail, starts off in shady woods for about a mile then widens out to amazing Napa Valley views all the way to the tops.…

Spring break Mt.St. Helena hike

Small parking lot so get here early. Trail head is on the other side of the road so caution when crossing. Trail starts off as…

Mount St Helena

Perfect day for a hike…..low 70’s, no wind. Excellent visibility.  Gorgeous views. No complaints!

Helena the Saint!

March is perfect for this hike! First mile is shaded, the rest is on fire road. Would rate this hike challenging moderate but not hard.…

So Cal trip up North

Drove up from south orange county so I could start on my nor Cal 6 pop. Opted to stay a week up her le so…

St Helena Snow Day

Neat Day to hike this. Sunny with a random bit of hail/snow. Very odd/ interesting weather day.

Mt Saint Helena

Hike was easier that I thought it would be. Beautiful views once at the top. It started to snow the last half mile getting to…

Snow day on St Helena

A glorious sunny Friday in March, and a day trip to Calistoga to hike Mt St. Helena with my friend and fellow challenger, Valerie. We…

St. Helena- Is this Heaven?

I intentionally went south to north with this challenge and it paid off.  I knew St. Helena wasn’t too long and I also knew it…

Mt St Helena

Weather was nice and calm mid 50’s and sunny

Snowy St Helena

Was planning on hiking Mt Tam to complete the challenge, but forecast called for about two inches of snow overnight and I couldn’t pass up…

Calistoga – Mt. St. Helena

Third time I’ve done this hike.  Each time the weather was unique.  This time good views and interesting low clouds running into the mountain.  Great…

Unexpected Snow

Did this with a couple friends for my birthday weekend. I hiked it a couple years ago, but that day was raining and overcast, so…

Taking a new Californian along

A great day to show off the joys of Mt St Helena to a new to California friend. She was skeptical as to wether she…

Mountain Biking St Helena

Third peak!  Halfway done! Since much of the trail is a fire road, I decided to borrow a friend’s mountain bike and bike the trail! …

Mount at Helena

2hr37 minutes up, 5.7 Miles each way. 1hr 50 minutes down.

Half Way There

Light snow over night at the top, mostly melted by the time I reached the summit at 9am. Lots of ice being blown off the…

All done!

Foggy until I got to the top. Breezy and chilly! Happy to complete the challenge early in the year! Afterwards, I headed to Calistoga to…

Mt. Saint Helena

Beautiful day! The weather was lovely. This is a good time of year for this hike, not too hot or cold. Be sure to check…

Sunrise hike on Mount Saint Helena

After overnight rains left the sky clear and bright, we got great views from the top in all directions. We were hoping some of the…

St Helena Sunrise Summit

Left the trailhead at 4:20 AM with headlamps to reach the summit in time to make breakfast and coffee and watch the sunrise.

Mount Saint Helena

Arrived at 9am to make sure I got parking since it is a small dirt lot off the side of the highway or shoulder parking. …

Mount Saint Helena Spur

This was a cool hike to the peak, great views all the way up, snow at the top of mountain, and there is a good…

Mt. Saint Helena

New growth after the Tubbs Fire in 2017 can be noticed on the Southern slopes of the nearly 8-Million years old volcanic rock formation (slide…

Peak 1 – Mt St Helena

Wonderful hike, AllTrails rates this as hard, I would say it is more on the Moderate side. First .8 miles is in the woods, the…

View of Napa Valley

The first mile of the trail was a bit tricky. After that your on a fire road which is easy. At the top there was…

Mount Saint Helena Peak Hike

This was a perfect hike, it was cool weather with some high wind gust at the peak that were up to 90 mph. It was…

Windy

Dang, what a windy day! And I mean windy- as in you better hold on to your hat and make sure you don’t get blown over. The…

Saint Helena Dreaming

This is an out and back trail. First one mile is covered and you walk through a forest. The rest is a fire road and…

Mt St Helena with Friends!

Sunny hike with a little bit of chill. Technical part of trail a little bit of moisture. Generally, the trail in good condition!!!

Bisdak @ Mt St Helena!

Sunny hike with a little bit of chill. Technical part of trail a little bit of moisture. Generally, the trail in good condition!!!

Tale of two hikes

Foggy start to our hike along the lush single track trail. Once we started up the barren fire road the sun broke out and provided…

Above the Clouds

Even though weather conditions didn’t allow for the traditional long-distance views from the peak the rolling fog and clouds provided a unique and memorable experience. …

Mt St Helena hike

Its a good 11 miles round trip from the trailhead to peak and back. Beautiful 360 degrees view at the top.

On top of the World!

This hike has a little bit of everything. The first section is nice and steep, with some rocky obstacles and just enough to keep you…

Misty Mt. Saint Helena for #4

Left the house at 6 am to arrive at 7:45 at the main parking lot – was hoping to enjoy the clear skies of the…

One summit two growlers

With an 7:30 start time we had the trails all to ourself and premium parking. The best way to hike.  I love the continuous gradual…

Happy New Year!

Was a perfect day for a hike. Beautiful sunshine. Its getting easier every year!  

Mt St Helena

Happy New Year and happy new challenge!  Beautiful, clear day— no falls and no snow!

On a clear day

We could see Mt. Lassen ot was so clear! Best weather…5th time!

The Views are Worth the Drive

Easy, gradual climb to the summit,  mostly on fire road.  Left late and came through the last forested mile by head lamp.  Fantastic views and…

Helena How High Hare Hugh….

Everything went according to planned, although it was sprinkling and cold the whole way – but this time of year.

Cold hike on St Helena

We got there early, 7a, because the small parking lot fills up quickly. It was freezing, 37 degrees! The first mile or so is narrow,…

Mt. St. Helena

10.17 miles, 2141 ft, 3h 30 min It was 32 degrees the entire time on this hike and quite windy at the top. We got…

Mt St Helena!

Great Hike! Not that many people. Started late but made It down before dark.

Chilly Mt. Helena

Cold day but lots of climbers along the way. Clear views all day

Saintly hike

Parked near small picnic area right off the 29. Headed up the trail to the memorial sight. Went up the right trail to take a…

Wineries and Hiking

Beautiful hike. It was a bit cold and breezy after 1 mile before the peak. At that weekend, we stayed in Santa Rosa, visited wineries,…

Fire hills

Mostly fire road in good condition. Was able to see the fires in Napa  & Sonoma County.

Saint Helena

Great hike, views from the top were nice. Cool little plaque at the peak also.

Number 1 of 6

The day Baby Yoda was born. First hike with him in California. Really hot day.

Smokey Mountain Hike

Another Peak hits the dusk! Woke up at 4am, out the door at 5am – at the Mt. St. Helena Trail at 7am. Incredible sunrise,…

Highest Peak in the Bay Area

Wonderful day hiking to the north peak of Mount Saint Helena. Got a late start so had to deal with sun but it wasn’t too…

The Most Beautiful Fire Road

This hike was easy, even when considering the four peaks before it. After the first mile of steepish trail you have 4 miles of exposed…

Helena in the Heat

When the weather is good in July, it is gonna be hot. Probably close to 90, but clear skies and therefore great views. Hiked from…

Mt Saint Helena on a hot day

This was an okay hike.  It got pretty hot once I started just before 9am.  Most of it is unshaded up to the top.  It’s…

St Helena

Hot day, glad we started 8am. Trail empty on the way up, was filling up later in the day.

Mount Saint Helena

Started at 6:45 AM. Reached the summit in approximately two hours. First mile was a little bit of a scramble but was well-shaded; after you…

Saint Helena

started at 8:20am. Took about 5 hours with a large break at the top. Beautiful shaded trail the first mile, little to no shade after…

Mount Saint Helena

It was 90+ degrees when I did the hike even when I started early. The trail was moderate in terms of difficulty and there are…

Morning on Mt St Helena

The top of Mt St Helena was fun. I did all three peaks, then headed over to Table Rock to round out the day. (By…

Mt. Saint Helena

Great overcast day, occasional sun, and a little damp and foggy at the summit. Took 4 hours total (would be a different story on a…

Mount Saint Helena

The approach is prettier than the hike, but the views at the peak make up for the exposed fire road that makes up much of…

Mount Saint Helena

Fun hike with my hiking partner Mike. The weather was great and the views stunning. The trail was in very good condition.