Getting a taste of rock scrambling on the Table Rock trail

D at one of the rock outcrops

There’s 4 1/2 miles – and then there’s 4 1/2 miles. The Adventurers did the later today, meaning it was one butt-kicking distance.

They’re read about the Table Rock trail but had not been sufficiently warned that it’s not only has steep ups and downs but is peppered with rocks of all sizes that need to be negotiated.

That they undertook it on a beautiful sunny but not too warm day was a plus. But that it took them 3 1/2 hours to walk a little over 4 1/2 miles says it all.

The trail is in the Robert Louis Stevenson Park just north of Calistoga. Who knew that the Scotish author even knew about this part of California. But he had stayed here with his bride and wrote about Table Rock in The Silverado Squatters: “Three counties, Napa County, Lake County, and Sonoma County, march across its cliffy shoulders. Its naked peak stands nearly four thousand five hundred feet above the sea; its sides are fringed with forest; and the soil, where it is bare, glows warm with cinnabar.”

Labyrinth along table rock trail

Along the way, they encountered a flat section where a number of labyrinths and other rock structures had been built. A far amount of Googling did not reveal why.

After their hike, they stopped in at Chateau Montelena which L remembered visiting in the late 70s when the winery had just wowed the French with is Chardonney and Cab. And then it was in to town for a mud bath at the Golden Haven. (Sparing our readers photos although they did get taken!)

Needless to say, it was a long day and it’s sit by the fire and enjoy the sounds of the creek night…

Hike/difficult/4.6 miles


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One Response to Getting a taste of rock scrambling on the Table Rock trail

  1. Ginger Terry says:

    Love Chateau Montelena!

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