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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calistoga
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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is a California state park, located in Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties USA. The park offers a 5mi hike to the summit of Mount Saint Helena from which much of the Bay Area can be seen. On clear days it is possible to see the peak of Mount Shasta, 192mi distant.The park is named after Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped. In 1880, Stevenson and his new wife Fanny Vandegrift Osbourne spent their honeymoon living in a cabin at a played-out mine on the mountain along with Fanny's son Lloyd Osbourne. Although nothing remains of the cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit. Stevenson's book Silverado Squatters contains stories he wrote about his experiences during his visit to the area.The area has rough terrain, with evergreen forests in the canyons on north-facing slopes and chaparral on the south-facing slopes.Take a look at our Calistoga vacation route planner to schedule your visit to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We worked a trail hike into one of the mornings of our winery tour weekend. The trail head that we parked at is a 15 minute drive north on CA29 from the point where Lincoln Ave, Lake St, and Silverado... read more »
If you have read Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson, then its worth the visit to where he squatted on his honeymoon whilst he was in Calistoga in the Napa Valley area. A commerative plaque ... read more »
We explored the park and ended up taking the service road to the top of the mountain for some breathtaking views of the valley.
This is a great place to hike, rock climb or picnic. Thankfully, there is no iron ranger yet. This park is natural and it works well. Be careful at the parking area at the top of the mountain. There are frequent break ins to cars. Park so that traffic can see both sides of your cars. Park head in, not parallel. Also in that way, more people can park.
Let me start with: very very very limited parking AND if you are not paying attention you are going to blow right past the entrance. It is a beautiful park full of rather difficult hikes that takes you deep into the woods and up the mountain. Most every hike is uphill with narrow walkways. The density of the forest gives a perspective of being completely alone and the serenity that comes with that cannot be explained.
Awesome hikes. The traffic on the road can be scary. Be careful. Also watch for undesirables just sitting in their cars. This is a place to not leave your car unattended for too long. Watch for speeders on either side. The windy road causes a lot of crashes.
I hiked to the top of Mt. St. Helena from this trail. The trail runs 5 miles to the top (about 1 mile on the Stevenson, 4 miles on a utility road). The hike is by no means easy (uneven ground at first), but it is a very moderate climb and is not too strenuous. Great view from the top, but there are also several cell phone towers up there as well. (Making for great cell service up there!)
Robert Louis Stevenson State Park brings his stories and novels to life, especially his writing in Europe. I learned more than I would ever know.
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