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!
Palisades Trail Hike
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.
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.