Overview: Overnight base camping is a great way to accomplish several sections of the Ridge Trail while exploring the surrounding county. This 3 day and 2 night itinerary gives you the best of Napa county. Each section gives you a unique taste of the beauty Napa has to offer.
Circumnavigating? Use the Trail Tracker to check off each section of the Ridge Trail you have completed.
Total Mileage: 25 miles
Camping / Lodging Locations:
- Cottage Grove Inn
- Cozy cottages centrally located in Calistoga that cater to outdoor enthusiasts.
- Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Cabins
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- Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Camping, Walk-in/Bike-In Tent Sites, and Yurts
- Cottage Grove Inn
Day 1: Lower Oat Hill Mine Trail
Route Description: This segment of the Ridge Trail is a steady ascent from the Napa Valley floor to the striking volcanic formations at the ridge. The historic trail is rough and rocky but provides spectacular views of the Napa Valley, Mount St. Helena, and nearby mountain ranges. After completing this section check in to your lodging and enjoy a relaxing Napa afternoon.
Start / End: Oat Hill Mine Trailhead
Mileage: 9 miles (out and back)
Day 2: Moore Creek Park
Route Description: A short 25 minute drive from Calistoga remote Moore Creek Ridge Trail climbs high onto the exposed east slopes of the Moore Creek canyon, offering sweeping views, then descends and heads up the shaded scenic creek corridor to a series of creek pools.
Start / End: Moore Creek Park
Mileage: 9.4 miles (out and back)
Elevation Gain: 880’
Day 3: Bothe Napa State Park
Route Description: 5 miles south of Calistoga is the beautiful Bothe Napa State Park. This is a great shady route up Ritchey Canyon through the woods and alongside a scenic creek. The 1,900-acre park is the furthest inland state park with coast redwoods.
Start / End: Bothe Napa State Park
Mileage: 6.8 miles (out and back)
Elevation Gain: 1100’
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