Napa County High Point Trip Report
Mount St Helena East (4,200+ ft)
Date: January 5, 2003
Author: John Garner
9 miles round-trip, 2000 feet of gain; first mile on trail - remainder on fire road. Normally, I don't
care much for road hikes - not this time. Simply the most awesome visibility I've ever seen. The hike is very
straightforward and moderately easy (unless you try to cut switchbacks on the road, and slip down a loose
slope like I did). Mt Shasta is clearly visible from the trail, 190 miles away. Not just a smudge, but
CLEARLY visible. I could see the shoulders of the mountain, and I could easily tell above and below the
snow line as well. Amazing, and in the other direction I could pick out individual buildings in downtown
San Francisco, 65 miles away.
Using Gary Suttle's book and my GPS, I started counting county highpoints. Aside from Mt Shasta, Lassen Peak
looked like it was only about 10 miles away (145 miles actually). It looked like I could throw a rock at
hit Snow Mountain, about 50 miles north. And later, as the haze in the Central Valley cleared in the afternoon,
I could pick out the North Pal area too. Amazing - I could see North Pal and Mt. Shasta by just
turning my head.
Ultimately, I picked out 24 specific cohp's!