Hike Date: February 26, 2012
Distance: ~ 2 miles
Trail(s): Timberhill Park Trail and unnamed
Where’s it at? West Marin off 1st Street Exit


In my never ending search for new hikes to take close to home, I ran across a mention of “Timberhill Park” in Napa on one of the indexed websites. The mention was vague, in fact just the name of it, so I started searching that keyword specifically and started getting excited as it appeared as though very few people knew about or hiked the park. (have I mentioned that I like hikes with solitude?) It is this reason I feel a little weird about blog-posting it, like I’m revealing some hidden jewel for the mass audience that is the internet.

I really couldn’t find much further information about the park, including where it even is! I ran into a video that somebody made in 2009 which required watching in order to finally find out how to get here. Step-by-step instructions including a camera view, can’t beat that! (actually I’d rather just read it or find it on Google Maps!). Here’s the link to the video.

The park was cool. I hiked it in late Spring when the hills were a gorgeous green, stickered bushes nowhere to be found, and the skies were very clear blue with cooler temperatures. The actual trail is an old paved road for most of the hike. There are some side trails here and there, presumably made by grazing cows, but not sure whether they are private property or not. I suppose trail erosion is always a concern. At the very top of what I’d refer to as “Timber Hill” though I haven’t seen that published anywhere, the trail becomes dirt or grass.

At the very top is a pretty good view from southeast to southwest. There is a small bench up here which was really NOT level on my visit, but sit-able nonetheless. You can see Diablo and Tamalpais and a good deal of the northern SF Bay’s waters. The best part of the view, in my personal opinion, were the green rolling hills surrounding Timberhill though, with a few vineyards and winery buildings visible in the near distance. There were a ton of various colored cows grazing on the hills when I visited which made the hike even more cool. I saw several calves walking alongside their mothers as they walked from grazing spot to grazing spot.

This is really not a destination hike from afar, but if you live in Napa or within 30 minutes, it’s definitely worth a visit if you get a chance!

UPDATE: Visited again with some siblings on March 11th and discovered a nice rope swing with good elevation if you’re looking for a little fun. You can either take the southwestern trail (turn left) shortly after heading back down from the summit, or if you want to visit on the way up, it’s the first trail you see branching off the paved road on the left shortly after the second gate and before the washed out portion. The rope swing is on the right!

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Written on February 26th, 2012 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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