Oat Hill Mine Trail

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Trail Distance: 8.3 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr +
Elevation Gain: 2365 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Fitter four-pawed pals in search of a challenge will certainly find one on the Oat Hill Mine Trail! This furrific former stagecoach route for just over eight miles from downtown Calistoga, CA to Aetna Springs Rd. in Pope Valley. There’s limited (free) parking at the trailhead on Oat Hill Mine Rd. in Calistoga -- it’s best to get there early to avoid having to park streets away! The route can get a little crowded on the weekends, so be mindful of your pup’s temperament. Once you’ve walked to the end, you have the option of getting a car shuttle from Pope Valley to return to the starting point. As an added bonus, your buddy is free to sniff and explore the trail off-leash -- as long as they’re under voice control, of course. Just keep an eye out for poison oak!

Originally constructed to bring supplies to mercury mines in Pope Valley, the Oat Hill Mine Trail is now famous for its unparalleled views over the Napa Valley, taking in the Palisades and Mt. St. Helena. The route meanders through oak, cypress, and pine forests, as well as grasslands. If you can, visit in spring -- the fields of wildflowers along the trail are truly a sight to behold. Hound dog history buffs might also be interested in the ruins of the homestead of Karl Gustav Holm, constructed in the early 1890s. On parts of the trail, you can still see wagon tracks, and there are also some interesting volcanic rock formations.

The Oat Hill Mine Trail is not suitable for the unsure of foot or unfit of heart -- the terrain is quite rocky and uneven in places, and even athletic animals might find the steep inclines provide a thorough workout. There aren’t any restrooms along the trail, so make sure to go before you go! As always, remember to bring waste bags and water for your buddy, and enjoy the sweeping vistas!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Not all of the trail is shaded, so plan accordingly. The stretch from Holm's Place to Aetna Springs is closed from late August to mid-September to due wildfire concerns. Mountain bikers and equestrians also use this trail, so watch out for horses and speeding cyclists!
Address
Oat Hill Mine Trailhead, 2082 Oat Hill Mine Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
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Address
Oat Hill Mine Trailhead, 2082 Oat Hill Mine Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset