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Mt. St. Helena Hike

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Object Title: Mt. St. Helena Hike

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Page By: Noondueler

Created/Edited: Oct 2, 2010 / Feb 1, 2011

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Taking the standard route to the North Peak

Decided to book on up to Robert Louis Stevenson Park in Napa County and do the regular fireroad route to the top of St. Helena (4,343'). Fact of the matter is the regular route is about the only way anybody in their right mind would choose to hike this mountain. The upper slopes are as much as 30-45 degrees, covered with loose volcanic sandy rubble and entirely well armored with thick chaparral, close knit little oaks and the occasional nasty scree field. I suppose you could pull yourself up it grabbing onto the shrubbery if you could get between it. The Eiger North Face might be easier! lol!
Didn't expect it to be so hot. This is a 10 mile round trip shuffle mostly all in the sun on an unspeakably boring long switchback slog. But who's complaining. It was a nice workout and the views {on this day} extended over 100 miles from Snow Mtn. in the north Coast Range to Mt. Diablo, the foggy Golden Gate and Mt. Tamalpais to the south as well as on out to the marine layer over the Pacific.

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