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Level: Advanced
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +479/ -433 ft
Total: 88 riders

Mountain Biking Napa / Skyline Park

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#82 of 1,003 mountain bike trails in California
#1,232 in the world

This is the place where the UCI World Cup has been held for the last three years. It won't be held there again in the near future. Politics of some sort. For the most part this trail is a mixture of single and doubletracks. It is best done heading up the hill from the parking lot on the jeep road to the 'crossover.' From here you can continue up the hill to Lake Marie. If you have a couple of sandwiches, fig bars, and drinks this is THE place to enjoy it. You might even run into a few people trying their hands at fishing in the lake. I can't say if that is good, bad or indifferent, but from the look of the lake, I don't know if the fish are served on the tables in the Napa Valley. If this sidetrip is of no interest, you can continue around the lake on a nice singletrack that will take you to the top of the ridge. This offers a nice view of the northern San Francisco bay area. If more climbing is NOT what you want, from the 'crossover, you can head back down the hill via a fun singletrack. This weaves in and out of the manzanita. Some sections can be extremely technical, and getting off and walking is encouraged if you are so inclined. This part of the park is a blast! It requires skill, a bit of finesse, a sense of adventure (manzanita groves do that to you) and a helping of guts. As you climb a little hill through the remains of an old mining shack, be prepared for a fun, switchbacked descent towards the park entrance. Be careful since the last time I rode the trail, a rather extreme section of boulders just after the crest of this hill. It was quite a surprise and caused me to get off and walk. When you come to the bootom of this hill you will proceed across a stream twice and next to a frisbee golf course. The trail rolls over a liitle hill and you are back at the park entrance. Skyline Park is a trial that is great for all kinds of rides. I would recommend it for a nice leisurely ride in the spring. It is BEAUTIFUL. Take a picnic lunch and just ride, stop, ride, stop, etc. until you are tired. It is well worth the trip. If you are feeling more in the training mood, I would suggest doing the loop above as many times as possible. You will get a workout!!

First added by Baneamofe on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 7, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
In Napa, take Imola Ave. east past the State Hospital. The main entrance is at the end of the street on the right. There is an entrance fee. A map of the park is also available at the park entrance. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as there are some trails that are off-limits to bikes.
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Q: Comment says $6 park fee, or $4 to ride in ? I understand the free part but if riding in why$4?
A: Park on Streblow Dr and ride in. Its free

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  • coltonpalmer

    I rated this trail system a 4, because it does have some technical sections, and some awesome views. Typical rocky areas can be challenging, and a good workout.

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  • Brittonkay

    Super fun- the park has something for everyone in terms of difficulty and kudos for the great trail maintenance

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  • Jamey Gouin

    Insane technical climbing on Skyline trail out to Lakee Marie. Well worth it for the fun, fas, and technical downhill that follows.

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  • Adventure girl

    This park pack a big punch for it's small size. It's got a great mix of singletrack from flowy, lung busting climbs and downhill gnar. I usually ride up on the west side trails, do a lollipop ride past the lake and back on the east side trails.

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  • jrsnot

    Great trail. Steep climbs and fun rocky single track on the way down.

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  • oldbikingdude

    Great single track. After u get past the lake take trail up. Very steep climb but then a very good down hill. Good ride forbay area if u like single track

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  • Fatguyonbike73

    had a blast riding here. lots of fast flowing trails with a good mixture of hardpack,loose,and some rockgardens. some of the climbs a very steep and seem to go on forever...i did alot of hike-n-bike , but thats just because im out of shape! the wildlife here is pretty cool too

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  • karendenyse

    $6 park fee, or $4 to ride in. Free map at kiosk. Make sure to take enough water on hot days. Great single track from lake to parking lot non-stop. Lots of options for way down.

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  • ianziti

    Many trails with a mix of single track and fire roads. Watch out for hikers and horses.

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  • gar29

    You're in Napa, of course they're not nice! Actually, I haven't really had problems with hikers. This is a fun park though, with lots of trail options.

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  • Juan_Gear

    Was fun to race kinda short without laps. Hikers are never nice here??

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  • Pedro_Carvalho

    Very technical singletrack and some steep hills. No wonder they had the World Cup here!

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  • gar29

    Only trail I've ever puked on!

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