Moore Creek Park (Napa County, CA) 18-Apr-2017

Moore Creek Trail Napa County California

One of the goals for this visit to the Golden State was to catch-up with my old friend Ken (and his partner Julie) when his energies weren’t being given totally to the grape harvest.  So after we finished our hike of Oat Hill, we went over to Ken and Julie’s for an excellent dinner, some of Ken’s wine, and a discussion of which hike to do together the next day.  The weather forecast looked excellent – finally sunshine! – so we decided to hike the Moore Creek Trail from the Las Posadas trailhead down to the Moore Creek trailhead (brochure).  This was the third hike in our week of wandering the Golden State.

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Oat Hill Mine Trail (Calistoga, CA) 17-Apr-2017

Oat Hill Mine Trail Calistoga California
The majority of this trail was burned over by the 2020 Glass Fire

This was the second hike in our week of wandering the Golden State.  We spent the night in Calistoga, California – a nice little town toward the northern end of California’s Napa Valley.  We were there last summer, when it was swarming with wine tasters.  It’s a whole lot more mellow experience in the off-season.  It rained overnight but, by morning, while the clouds persisted, the rain had stopped.  Unsure of the width of our weather window, we didn’t want to sacrifice hiking time on a lengthy drive to a trailhead. Thus we decided to hike the Oat Hill Mine Trail because it literally starts right outside Calistoga.  So, after an arduous two minute drive to the trailhead, we were on the trail and away.

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Wine, Trails, and 40 Years in Napa Valley 20/24-Sep-2016

Napa Valley California

The LovedOne’s sister and brother-in-law are wine affectionados and when they decided to come out West for a week of wine tasting in California’s wine-obsessed Napa Valley, we agreed to join them there for a small family reunion.  We drove to St. Helena, California along Highway 101 so we could visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park enroute.  For me, an equally important part of this trip was to finally meet-up with an old friend and climbing partner – Ken Stanton – who I’d kept in touch with, but hadn’t actually seen in person, in over 40 years!

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