ElevationAscent: 342' 104 m
Descent: -1,153' -351 m
High: 995' 303 m
Low: 184' 56 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Namesake trail stretching length of park ranges from smooth widetrack to park's gnarliest rockfalls.”— Bob Gardner
The final 0.75 miles to the junction with Lake Marie Road at the northwest end near the park entrance climbs more than 600 ft at 15% grade with steeper, rockier sections. Heading downhill isn't much easier.
The upper southeast section is an intermediate trail and the only way to reach it is an out-and-back from Lake Marie to the Tuteur Loop (Napa Solano Ridge Trail). This section is well-shaded along Marie Creek with technical sections at several creek and gully crossings which you get to do twice.
It's an easy, wide trail as it passes along the shore of Lake Marie, passing the lone chimney, to the junction with the Buckeye Trail. Most opt for the Buckeye Trail at this point but stay left to continue on Skyline up a short, steep hill to a ridgetop viewpoint with a rest bench.
The descent from the viewpoint gets steep and rocky with some tougher sections until it joins again with the Buckeye Trail and Passini Road, which offer another bailout option. Continuing left (west) on Skyline, it's a gradual climb to the park boundary where the trail follows the fence line on easier trails. Watch for the interesting stone fences and avoid the barbed wire.
A couple connector trails rejoin Buckeye Trail but keep an eye out for the Bayleaf Trail and the Lower Skyline Trail as these are the last detours before the final descent. Bayleaf Trail returns to Lake Marie Road and Lower Skyline Trail offers a somewhat easier gradient. Continuing on Skyline is some of the steepest and rockiest trail sections in the area.
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Land Manager: Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District