Valentine Vista

Feb 20th, 2019

Moore Creek Park
Hikers, mountain bicyclists, equestrians and nature lovers will find nearly six miles of trails for exploring 673 acres of oak woodland, grasslands, Madrone and Douglas Fir forest, and patches of chaparral. Trail visitors will enjoy Moore Creek Trail’s rustic character as it meanders through the newly-opened park, along the ridge and then in and out of shade provided by creekside trees and native bushes.

Valentine Vista/Moore Creek Trail 
County: Napa
Distance: 4.7 miles (9.4 miles round trip)
Difficulty: Moderate
The Valentine Vista Trail takes hikers up the hillside and offers breathtaking views of the valley, Lake Hennessey and beyond, before descending down to the Moore Creek Trail near the middle of the park. The trail got its name because of the great views and because the route was first scouted by volunteers on Valentine Day.

Directions: Starting at the park entrance, head north on the Valentine Vista Trail following it north 3.1 miles to the Moore Creek Trail. Continue north (right) on the natural surface, multi-use Moore Creek Trail (another Ridge Trail section) which crosses each of the several low creek crossings on wooden timbers. This is not a steep trail (400′ elevation gain/loss) so it offers opportunities to slow down, enjoy the creek, trailside flora and fauna, and views up the steep slopes to the sky on either side of the narrow canyon. Return back the way you came, using the Valentine Vista Trail; or stay entirely on the Moore Creek Trail.

Make it a loop…
Want a little more time to explore the valley? Try this shorter loop (4.3 miles) and take in the great views on Valentine Vista Trail and still have time to visit a few nearby wineries and amazing restaurants.

Directions: Starting at the park entrance, head north on the Valentine Vista Trail following it north 3.1 miles to the Moore Creek Trail. Continue south on the Moore Creek Trail (1.2 miles) back to the park entrance

Moore Creek Park Map
Moore Creek Park & Lake Hennessey Map


Wine down after your hike

Check out a few of our favorite nearby for a post-hike libation:
Spottswoode Winery  (Reservations required)
Silver Oak Winery
Chappellet Winery

Make it date
Refuel after your hike at a few of our favorite nearby spots

Breakfast:
Model Bakery (world’s best English muffins, seriously)
Gillwoods Cafe

Lunch:
Gott’s Roadside

Dinner:
Pizzeria Tra Vigne
Archetype
Goose and Gander

Once-in-a-lifetime meal:
Harvest Table


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