Park Visitor: Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 18 Advanced Hikers only by Arniceous
I have climbed many mountain ranges in the Salzkammergut Austria and let me assure you; this climb is a strenuous trek if you plan on hiking the full range from table rock along the palisades ; this trail is not well marked and has a fallen tree over the trail difficult to cross the trail gave way for me in two places and has steep climbs along the way very little shade on the back side. There are 3 springs along this trail they are unreachable at the top however so bring 2 gallons of water minimum. Steep climb in the beginning trail is sometimes not marked well until table rock is reached. Palisades trail is rugged and sits against mountains difficult to keep footing . A few areas to break for lunch if you think you have the time. Once off the Palisades the trail winds around Holmes place and the option for Aetna Springs trail to the left if you parked on that side good thing Aetna Springs Rd will be a shorter route and The Oat Hill mine Trail to the right. It is a long descent which lacks mile markers as well as direction signs . Not for the elderly ! A long agenizing five mile descent down the old mine trail with rocks all the way. Takes 2 hours if you are moving fast. Drops you at the foot of the trail across the street is a pizza restaurant if you have the strength to cross the street. Total climb is around 10.5 miles Start climb no later than 7:30am The entire climb could take 10 hour with lunch. *** The views and scenery are breathtaking however! Gorgeous vistas!
November 30 World Class Views by Local Gal
There is a second hiking trail which goes to Table Rock and then down to Calistoga.I think it is about 11 miles to do the whole trail. Either trail provides world class views.