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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

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

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