Westwood Hills Park in Napa
I wasn’t sure how I’d like the hiking opportunities in wine country USA, but now I know: they’re pretty great. On a trip to Napa, California with Denise for work, I took the opportunity to do a couple walks in parks around town. The first destination was Westwood Hills Park, on the west side of town.
The ecosystem here is nothing like mossy western Oregon. The dominant trees here are Eucalyptus and Oak. So far so good.
This is no wilderness park, as it appears popular with the earbuds and running shoes crowd. It could give you a pretty good workout if you go directly to the top.
The trails range from road-like to a smattering of tiny bushwhack herdpaths, and there is very little in the way of signage. I don’t mind. Not knowing makes it more adventurous. Seeing some kind of ladies pilates-crossfit-bootcamp atop the highest hill detracted from the adventure a bit. Nice spot to work out. The combination of golden hills, green trees. and blue sky was just gorgeous.
I wound around a few different spots, exploring. I had to backtrack one spot where what had seemed like a legitimate trail ended up on a steep slope of hardpan and death pebbles. It looked like an injury waiting for me.
I wound back down, finding cool spots here and there. I was impressed by the different plants and trees in different spots. One grove actually reminded me of Oregon in its mossy rocks.
The descent became tricky navigationally. Herdpaths dissolved into tangential herdpaths, and I was really just guessing at routes down. That was both good and bad. The hillsides seemed a bit eroded and scarred by excess trails because there of the lack of signage and trail maintenance. I tried to minimize my contribution to the issues.
I really enjoyed my hike at Westwood Hills Park, and I found the flora and fauna around Napa a refreshing change from home. Considering the park is just a few minutes from downtown, it’s extremely convenient. Now about that wine…
Posted on September 5, 2013, in Flora and Fauna, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Outdoors, Uncategorized, vacations and tagged Easy hikes in Napa, Hiking in Napa Valley, Napa California, Westwood Hills Park, Westwood Hills Park Napa, Westwood Hills Park Trails. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.