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Skyline Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (4)

Namesake trail stretching length of park ranges from smooth widetrack to park's gnarliest rockfalls.


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Map Key

3.8

Miles

6.0

KM

Point to Point

995' 303 m

High

184' 56 m

Low

342' 104 m

Up

1,153' 351 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Description

Shown in general downhill direction from junction with the Tuteur Loop, the trail follows Marie Creek as it flows towards Marie Lake.

The final 0.75 miles to the junction with Lake Marie Road at the northwest end near the park entrance climbs more than 600 ft at 15% grade with steeper, rockier sections. Heading downhill isn't much easier.

The upper southeast section is an intermediate trail and the only way to reach it is an out-and-back from Lake Marie to the Tuteur Loop (Napa Solano Ridge Trail). This section is well-shaded along Marie Creek with technical sections at several creek and gully crossings which you get to do twice.

It's an easy, wide trail as it passes along the shore of Lake Marie, passing the lone chimney, to the junction with the Buckeye Trail. Most opt for the Buckeye Trail at this point but stay left to continue on Skyline up a short, steep hill to a ridgetop viewpoint with a rest bench.

The descent from the viewpoint gets steep and rocky with some tougher sections until it joins again with the Buckeye Trail and Passini Road, which offer another bailout option. Continuing left (west) on Skyline, it's a gradual climb to the park boundary where the trail follows the fence line on easier trails. Watch for the interesting stone fences and avoid the barbed wire.

A couple connector trails rejoin Buckeye Trail but keep an eye out for the Bayleaf Trail and the Lower Skyline Trail as these are the last detours before the final descent. Bayleaf Trail returns to Lake Marie Road and Lower Skyline Trail offers a somewhat easier gradient. Continuing on Skyline is some of the steepest and rockiest trail sections in the area.

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Bob Gardner

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  3.8 from 4 votes

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A moment of smooth sailing--on Skyline Trail.
Oct 19, 2017 near Napa, CA

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May 16, 2020
Casey Chu
Jun 29, 2019
J M
with Laura
Mar 30, 2019
Margo V
Mar 16, 2019
Pini Herman
Feb 24, 2019
Shabali Dudley
10:58am getn started
Nov 11, 2018
Ken Fellman
Out and back. Nice uphill climb mainly out, downhill on the way back. Smoke from Camp Fire in Paradise blocked much of the view :(