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    Napa County Loops

    Any recommendations for AM loops in the Napa area? Decent climbs with a good reward, like the SC Demo forest area or Annandale SP. I figure now is a good time to hit it before it gets too hot in the next 3 months.

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    Skyline Park in Napa

    Oathill in Calistoga. Some of the best technical riding in the Bay Area. Out and back ride.

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    I just found Skyline maps online! Thanks... how about this loop: up skyline about 3m +/- and down chapparal/marie creek/manzanita. Would it be worth a 2nd time up skyline and back down buckeye? Not sure what all this looks like from the map ! Thanks for the heads up on oathill, my research starts now...

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    I'm new to Napa and I have been digging Skyline...I just love the trail from 29. Its a bit soggy at the moment, but the rock gardens remind me of the granite peppered trails in Springville, just with a bit more O2.

    Any good info links for Oathill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigthom
    Any good info for Oathill?
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    A couple

    Quote Originally Posted by bigthom

    Any good info links for Oathill?
    http://napaoutdoors.org/parks-trails...ill-mine-trail

    http://ogrehut.com/trails.php/Bay-North/OatHill/

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    Great place to ride. Don't forget Rockville. Let Skyline dry out.
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    i grew up here and just have never been big on skyline, much more fun to be had at oathill, rockville, or annadel if AM is your style.
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    Thanks!

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    Are the skyline park trails open now? Or do they close them when it's wet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by impact23
    Are the skyline park trails open now? Or do they close them when it's wet?
    Technically they never "close" the trails, because you can always come in the side entrance (off Hwy 121). However, if you come in the main gate the ranger/money collector person has mentioned to me in the past that they would "rather not have bikes on the trails" after storms.

    Personally, I think Skyline is a fantastic place to ride, the double loop of: Hwy 121 Connector -> up Lake Marie Road -> Teuter Loop -> Marie Creek -> Manzanita -> back up Lake Marie Road -> Buckeye -> Hwy 121 Connector, is one of the better 20 mile loops in the North Bay.

    I've also found that Skyline needs at least a week for the fireroad/lower trails to dry out after a decent storm, and it won't be until mid to late Spring before you'll be able to ride the Teuter Loop and some of the higher areas without slopping through some thick mud. As others have mentioned, there are a couple of better options for the winter that won't tear up trails and leave you frustrated with a mud-caked bike: Rockville (not too far from Napa) and Oat Hill being my favorites.

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    Agree w/ jerms.
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    +1 for Oat Hill Mine in Calistoga. I don't usually like out-n-back rides, but this one is great.
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