The Bay Area Ridge Trail at Moore Creek Park in Napa County ascends steadily up to a ridgeline through a rich mixed woodland and onto a grassy hillside with views of the multi-hued canyon canopy below and mountains to the west. At roughly the half way point, the trail drops steeply to the creek, where the footpath makes five water crossings as it rises and falls through the woods. The Ridge Trail segment ends at a rocky wide spot in the creek that’s perfect for a Wine Country picnic.
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TRAIL MAP (date hiked)
- Moore Creek Park (March 30, 2022)
Moore Creek Park easily earned a spot in our Top 5 hikes of the more than 50 Ridge Trail segments we’ve completed on our circumnavigation adventure of the past year.
The trail was well-designed and comfortable to walk. Morning clouds kept us cool without obscuring the view. And the many shades of green that paint the lichen-covered mixed-forest canopy that stretches across the canyon and up the hillsides were stunning, as were the multi-faceted textures of the foliage as we hiked past.
Add in a handful of strategically placed benches courtesy of Eagle Scout Justin Bueno and a place to picnic beside Moore Creek at trail’s end, and we enjoyed a pretty fine day of hiking.
An added bonus was an alternate route back that shaved about two miles, several hundred feet of elevation gain and four water crossings off of the return. Who doesn’t like dry feet?
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(with returns and connectors)
Our Progress Hiking the Bay Area Ridge Trail – 267 out of 400 miles65.8%