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Table Rock and other sky-high sights

[imagebrowser id=75] Trails do change. It's sometimes hard to notice, what with the effort often required just to get through a hike or the dizzying spectacle of surrounding nature. But the path itself can evolve too. I thought of that on a long hike up into the Palisades north of [...]

By | November 28th, 2012|0 Comments

My tale of two hikes

The conventional wisdom for many Bay Area hikers is that when the summer heat arrives, although it's never that bad, the answer is to head for the coast and cooler spots. The downside is that you're not alone, or even close, as lots of people have the same [...]

By | August 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Rock patterns and mazes in Calistoga

About once a year, I hike the Palisades trail. It's the collection of post-volcanic rock formations adjacent to Mount St. Helena and overlooking Calistoga. It's not a summertime hike to be sure as much of it is exposed and high up, meaning you will absolutely bake in a [...]

By | February 10th, 2012|0 Comments

The caves, and views, above Calistoga

Up Mount St. Helena on a rainy day that wasn't. Always a great trek.

By | December 6th, 2010|0 Comments

Indian paintbrush in the Palisades

Bright colors, bright stories and knee-testing rocks. A pre-Easter jaunt....

By | April 4th, 2010|2 Comments

P as in pain (and Palisades)

On several occasions over the past year, I had skirted the Palisades, either missing out when some of my friends were headed there a couple of times, or taking other hikes that were adjacent to the mile-long volcanic ridge that sits over.....

By | December 7th, 2009|2 Comments

Not your typical honeymoon

Not feeling well, out of money, and seeing his career prospects fading quickly, the newcomer to California needed a break. So he headed to Calistoga thinking the mountain air would rejuvenate him. Plus, it was his honeymoon so what better place to spend it than a Napa Valley excursion. Local [...]

By | November 12th, 2009|1 Comment

Serenaded by the Rock of Ages

PA030251One of the many wonderful things about these hikes around the Bay Area is the chance to get an education each time out on some obscure...

By | October 8th, 2009|2 Comments

I can do it, I can do it….

n1644048484_216864_5832313 Oat Hill Mine Trail, Calistoga Uh oh. This one was billed as 16 miles. That's nothing for my fellow hikers but remember, I'm a newbie to this hiking thing,

By | April 18th, 2009|0 Comments

Freestyling in the snow

  Mt. St. Helena, Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Calistoga Crummy weather was in the forecast -- rain, but not snow. Only a handful of people showed up, but since I hadn't been hiking in CA in a few weeks with all my travel, I was determined to get out. [...]

By | December 13th, 2008|0 Comments