Palisades Trail Hike

by Kelli H. on June 27, 2011

 Last Saturday David, myself, and 4 other family members went on about an 11 mile day hike.  My uncle had been wanting to go on this hike for years and after reading about the hike I did to Mt. St. Helena we organized a day to make this hike happen. 

I know it’s hard to read but that’s the trail map. 

 Towards the beginning of the hike when I still had plenty of energy and didn’t know the cookies I had baked that morning for the hike were completely smashed to smithereens!

This shows some cool boulders we ran into.  We were able to climb up on them to get better views of the surrounding areas. 

The view from top of the rocks.

We were pretty much dying on this hike because it was HOT.  We thought most of it was going to be down hill since we parked 1 car at the top of the mountain and 1 at the bottom.  It was definitely not mostly down hill as there were lots of climbs.  The trail was very narrow which made it difficult to hike through.  Lots of brush and over grown weeds took over the trail which made matters worse.  We finally got to this awesome cave which provided some shade and was much cooler.

This is what the rock over hang/cave (?) looked like from further away.  David pointed out it kind of looks like an animal painting on the rock.  I don’t know if you can see it but it looks pretty cool.

This trail marker gave us so much hope!  Only 4.5 miles to the Calistoga Trail Head where we parked the car. It was all downhill from here!  It was nice to not be climbing anymore but as a result I got a huge blister on the side of my left heel. It’s about the size of a penny – not pretty!

Towards the end vineyards were in sight again. Aww…if only we would have decided to go wine tasting instead!

I always love going hiking even though sometimes during the hike I can get frustrated from heat, blisters, hunger, thirst (we all ran out of water on this hike), and bugs.  It’s funny I love being out in nature but I still HATE bugs.  
I would say this was probably the hardest day hike I’ve ever done before.  It was comparable to some backpacking trips without the beautiful reward of a campsite and a serene lake.  The main thing that kept us going was picturing a nice cold brew.  We went to Silverado Brewing Company afterwards where I had a Rye Ale with sweet potato fries, coleslaw, and a pulled pork sandwich. The beer was the best part!  Of course I left my camera in the car and wasn’t able to take a picture though.

All in all, it was a great day!  I only suffered with a very burnt neck and a blister on my foot.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm

11 mile hike?! WOW! Good for you

And I love nature, too, but who loves bugs? Not me 🙂


The Slow Roasted Italian June 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Super exciting! I used to love to hike. What beautiful pictures.


my little celebration June 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

How fun?! That sounds amazing…besides the bugs, heat, blisters, extreme hunger and so forth :D.

I’d love to go on a hike but live in KS where it’s flat as far as the eye can see. Glad you had a fun time, though! My weekend was far less eventful than yours but did include some baking and a froyo run. And any weekend that involves those two things is a success in my book :D.

Friend, do you have gchat? I’d love to chat with you sometime! We seriously have so much in common.


Made in Sonoma June 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

@my little celebration
I would agree, any weekend that involves baking and froyo is a success!


Courtney @ girl in the pink July 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I want to do this hike!!


Made in Sonoma July 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

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