Seat at the Top Table

Hike to Table Rock in Napa

It just might be the best view in Napa. And it doesn’t require a hot air balloon. At 4.5 miles (round-trip) the hike to Table Rock overlook isn’t a walk in the park, but it’s well worth it, packing in plenty of highlights, especially the marquee destination: Table Rock. Get ready for valley views worth swooning over.

Winter and early spring are the best times for this hike, when temperatures are cooler and the sunlight hits the panoramic views just right.

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Start at Table Rock Trail in northern Napa’s Robert Louis Stevenson State Park and get ready for all kinds of highlights. The trail rises moderately for a mile, shaded by forest, before breaking out to a first overlook with pop-up-book vistas of hills and the vineyard-latticed valley, all the way to the impressive Mayacamas Mountains.

Hike Table Rock in Napa


Savor the views and scramble over and around the overlook’s huge boulders to take in more good scenery. Keep going on the trail, which can be a bit rutted and rocky at times (wear shoes with good traction).

Hike Table Rock in Napa

You’ll come across a section with several rock labyrinths to keep you going in circles for as long as you’d like.

Hike Table Rock Labyrinth in Napa

When you’re ready, keep on to a section that is a bit of a descent before a level-off and then ascending towards Table Rock. The last stretch is a bit of a huff-and-puff climb: You’ll wander up and across massive boulder slabs that make you feel as if you could be on Mars (if Mars had rolling vineyards within view below).

Hike Table Rock in Napa

Find yourself an outcropping to enjoy this wine country vista. There’s a lot of room up here, so if you’ve brought some picnic provisions, break them out and find a slab of Table Rock that’s a feast for the eyes.

BONUS EAT:Post-hike, try to nab a firepit spot at the Sam’s Social Club in Calistoga. The lounge inside this modern-farm-style hotspot is also great. Enjoy rotating creative California cuisine and tasty cocktails! (Make a reservation if you really want a guaranteed spot.)

To reach the Table Rock Trailhead: From Calistoga, travel north on Hwy. 29 for 7 miles. The turnout for parking is on the right side of the road, 0.25 mile after the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park sign. It can get extremely hot in the summer; it’s best to hike in winter. NOTE: The trail is well-trodden and there are some signs, but trail markings are sparse in spots.

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