Monday, April 20, 2009

Skyline Wilderness Park

Saturday started hazy with a marine layer over Napa...good for the start of a 5 mile hike.

Lake Marie Road wound through peaceful grasses, trees, and remnants of old stone buildings. Supposedly there is a fig tree that is over 100 years old. The somewhat rocky trail offered a moderate hike with sun and shade, as the day quickly warmed up.

Sharing the trail with mountain bikers and horses poses a small problem on some of the steeper curves. Patiently waiting for us to pass, the horses eyed our snacks of apples.

California wildflowers are abundant along the trail.

The final destination of Lake Marie. For a slightly different view on our return trip, we followed the Marie Creek Trail. Bushier and more narrow in spots, it's still a moderate work out.
If you're in the Napa area this is a good park with plenty of trails of varying lengths and terrain. There is a $6 park fee.

More streams, birds, and photo shots were available on our return trip. This was a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

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