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Completed Mount Saint Helena

Beautiful trail!! Trail in great condition; the first 3/4 mile was fairly rocky but the rest was a smooth and steady climb. Fantastic views from…

Mount St. Helena – Calistoga wine

Drove to Calistoga thru amazing vineyards , treated with fall colors vineyards.  Beautiful drive to the trail head.  NO bathrooms, recommend stopping thru Calistoga. First…

Mt Saint Helena

Beautiful hike with amazing view of the wine country.Most of the trail is exposed so it’s best to start early.Limited parking spot.

Napa Valley in the fall!

I’M DONE! I did four peaks in Jan/Feb, and two this week. Is that procrastination, or wisely avoiding the summer heat and tourist traffic? 😂…

Napa Valley in the autumn!

I’M DONE! I did four peaks way back in Jan/Feb, and two this week. Is that procrastination, or wisely avoiding the summer heat and tourist…

Mount Saint Helena

This is a good hike, it starts off the 1st Mile in the forest but the rest of it is on a fire road and…

Mount Saint Helena

This is a good hike, it starts off the 1st Mile in the forest but the rest of it is on a fire road and…

Napa Valley Views

The views overlooking Napa Valley and fall foliage did not disappoint. Perfect weather; cool temps were nice for the steady, exposed ascent.

Should have stopped at a winery

Another great hike! Started the hike as the sun rose over the hills. It was a bit chilly but not windy, so overall great weather…

Mount Saint Helena

Great hike! We arrived by 8am and had the trail mostly to ourselves on the way up. Unfortunately, it was cloudy when we went so…

Mt St Helena

Beautiful views!  And perfect hiking weather. One of the easier hikes on this list, no doubt.

Mt. St. Helena

This was the easiest hike of the Six Pack which I appreciated since it is the furthest from where I live. It was a cold…

Mt Saint Helena Conquered!

I arrived at the parking area on 29 around 6:15am. It’s was way too dark to start the hike so, I waited till sunrise 🌅.…

Rock n Root Crew – Mount Saint Helena

Our group followed the excellent directions provided from the Social Hiker site.  This is an out and back trail that started from the Stevenson Memorial…

Stunning Mount Saint Helena

Beautiful hike!  The single track start was wonderful before the fire roads that made up the majority of this hike.  Beautiful vistas surrounded us every…

Rock and Root Hike

This was a beautiful hike.  Great times with great friends😁

Mount Saint Helena

We started the hike near the parking lot by Lake County Hwy, following the Alltrails route.  The app marked it as hard, estimating to take…

In the clouds

No views at all due to the mist and clouds- but perfect weather for this hike without sun beating down on you. Fire road except…

Hot morning in St. Helena

More of a walk up a fire road than my ideal hike but it was a good time nonetheless. Lots of laughs but little shade.

Mt St Helena

Didn’t love this hike. Mostly fire road, zero shade, no breeze, blazing hot. But loved the workout from the elevation.

Last One – Mt. St. Helena!

I did it!!! This was my last peak. The first mile of the trail was quite rugged and rocky then it opened up to a…

Fog and Fog

We took a turn and we were above the clouds. It was amazing

helena

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Just the start of the weekend

Nice, sunny day for 4 of us to bag this peak.  Great time of year with lots of wild flowers out and a rattlesnake, too.…

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!!!

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…

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,…

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…

😇 Helena

Beautiful trail. Excellent workout. Parking lot filled up quickly at 7am. Trail was exposed. The burn area was sad 😞, but the views were spectacular.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Challenge Accepted

First attempt at the 6 peak challenge. Great weather, 360-degree view at the peak – could see Sierras in the east, Pacific Ocean out west.…

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!!!

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…

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!