Location: Napa Valley, CA
Distance: Varies (6.62 mi. Skyline Trail to Manzanita Trail Loop)
Type: Day hike; Out-and-Back or Loop
Rating: Moderately Difficult
Permits & Fees: There is a $5 parking fee (per vehicle) for hikers; Park hours are 7a-7p (Spring/Summer); 7a-5p (Fall/Winter).
Parking: Parking is limited, so it is best to get there right as the park opens. For directions, click here.
Preparation: Sunscreen and water are a must.
Camping/Overnight Backpacking? There is no camping on the trail allowed, however, there is a designated RV lot.
Dog Friendly? No, dogs are not allowed on these trails.
After parking in the designated parking lot, there are a series of signs that read “To Trails”. Follow these signs, until the “yield” sign with a list of trails is reached:
Take a right to continue towards the Skyline Trail. The trail is extremely well marked, and there are several signs that read “Skyline Trail”. Note: The first 1.5 – 2 miles is an entirely uphill climb and is not for the faint of heart. Don’t forget to turn around and look at the incredible views on the way up:
Remain on the Skyline Trail for about 3.5 miles until Lake Marie is reached. There will be a sign that reads “Lake Marie Rd.” that leads down to the lake:
After reaching the lake, cross the reservoir to the other side of the lake until this sign is reached:
Take the upper trail (to the right of the sign). Follow this trail until the Manzanita Trail is reached. Like the Skyline Trail, the Manzanita Trail is very well marked and easy to follow:
Make sure to keep an eye out for wildlife (mainly deer and toads) as well as old structures:
Also note that a large portion of the Park was affected by wildfires (as seen in the photo below), therefore a significant portion of the Manzanita Trail has limited coverage:
Continue on the Manzanita Trail until the disc golf course is reached. A portion of this trail leads through the beginning of the course. After walking past the first hole of the course, the trail leads directly to the parking lot. Note: To the left of the trail is an archery course.
Skyline Wilderness Park has many trails to choose from, and is open to mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. Enjoy the views!