San Francisco: Ritchey Canyon Loop

Before Napa Valley got its grapevine rep, the landscape likely resembled 2,000-acre Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where redwoods shade this mellow 4.6-mile trail.
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Before Napa Valley got its grapevine rep, the landscape likely resembled 2,000-acre Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where redwoods shade this mellow 4.6-mile trail.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.5

Waypoints

RCL002

Location: 38.5484046936035, -122.526206970215

R @ 3-way, crossing rambling Ritchey Creek

RCL003

Location: 38.5475959777832, -122.531120300293

Picnic in the shade past the cottage; good rest spot before the climb ahead

RCL004

Location: 38.5466918945312, -122.533660888672

Veer R @ 3-way, heading W

RCL005

Location: 38.5459976196289, -122.538314819336

Turn L @ 3-way

RCL007

Location: 38.5394477844238, -122.547477722168

Swing L @ clearing toward Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail

RCL008

Location: 38.539966583252, -122.550422668457

Straight @ 3-way, bearing N

RCL009

Location: 38.5425453186035, -122.546653747559

Tricky river crossing; turn L @ 4-way ahead to backtrack on previous route for .6 mile

RCL006

Location: 38.5433349609375, -122.543029785156

Hard R @ 4-way; begin short lasso-loop in deep woods

RCL010

Location: 38.5459632873535, -122.538093566895

L @ 3-way toward campsites

RCL011

Location: 38.5483779907227, -122.534866333008

Straight @ 4-way

RCL012

Location: 38.5488700866699, -122.528915405273

R @ stop sign; follow road .6 mile back to trailhead

RCL001

Location: 38.5515327453613, -122.518615722656

Upper Ritchey Canyon Trail begins @ NW corner
of gravel turnabout; continue across road