Skyline Park Horseback Riding

The 13th most popular equestrian trail in California.

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East of Napa, the Skyline Wilderness Park spreads over two rolling mountains and has a range winding horseback riding trails totaling 18 miles. There is also Horsemens camping available.

A good starter route begins with a 600 feet vertical climb up old Lake Marie Road for 2.5 miles up to the lake. Then follow the trail counter-clockwise around the lake. Continue up the Skyline Trail to the valley overlook and continue on for the 4.5 mile rolling descent back. More? Try ascending Sugarloaf Mountain via the Rimrock Trail over 1200 vertical.

To reach the trailhead from Napa on SR29, exit onto Imola Avenue heading east to its end.

Overall, Skyline Park is the 13th most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Skyline Park including Deer Park Fire Road and Annadel State Park.

Skyline Park Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  Skyline Park (707) 252-0481; California Tourism (916) 444-4429; Napa Visitors (800) 428-5612; CA Backcountry Horsemen (888) 302-BCHC.

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Skyline Park CG; Napa Valley Lodge (707) 944-2468

Luxury Loding:  Golden Haven Hot Springs, Calistoga (707) 942-6793; Auberge du Soleil

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Diner, Yountville

GPS:  38.277, -122.251

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/21/2016

ID:  13225

Skyline Park Horseback Riding Map


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