If you’re looking to embark on the mountain bike ride of your life, cruise roadside in the Napa Valley. If you prefer, you may also take it slow as you bike between wineries. For any level, we have collected a comprehensive list of the top 5 biking trails near Calistoga, CA. Located in northern Napa Valley, Calistoga is known for its easygoing vibe and ideal proximity to nearby state parks and wine country. Cruise through your trip or squeeze in a workout or two before wine tastings. Whatever your plans, Wine Way Inn will be the perfect rest stop after a day of scenic exploration via bike.
You’ll work up an appetite after biking, so be sure to fill up with a delicious breakfast from Calistoga Roastery. The guests that book direct with us will receive a breakfast voucher. Happy trails!
Napa Valley Vine Trail
12.5 miles | Difficulty: Easy
The Napa Valley Vine Trail is the perfect stretch of paved pathways. It meanders between Napa and Yountville, two of Calistoga’s neighboring towns. This trail is currently 12.5 miles long, with plans of turning into a 47-mile path linking Napa to Calistoga. Expect to bike alongside the Napa River, share the trail with dog walkers and joggers, and admire nearby vineyards along the way!
Franz Valley Loop
19.8 miles | Difficulty: Moderate
By embarking on the Franz Valley Loop, you, as a rider, will open yourself up to experiencing more remote views through the countryside. Breeze past expansive Californian properties, lush forests, and a few babbling creeks on this road biking trail. You can even make a pit stop at Old Faithful Geyser of California as you ride back into Calistoga.
27 miles | Difficulty: Moderate
The Silverado Trail is the epitome of the Napa Valley wine routes. It grants you access to the many crossroads that take you from one winery to the next. Although this road is mostly used by motorists traveling between Calistoga and Napa Valley, you can undoubtedly expect to ride along with other visitors storming the trail via bicycle. We recommend checking out Ladera Vineyards or Paoletti Estates Winery, both just outside Calistoga along this route.
Diamond Mountain Road
3.1 miles | Difficulty: Moderate
This fully shaded, redwood forest-esque road biking trail will take your breath away from the incline and the spectacular views. This lightly trafficked climb concludes with a picture-perfect view of Mount St. Helena and a breezy coast back downhill through the woodland. Finish your ride visiting Joseph Cellars Winery for a private tasting.
Oat Hill Mine Trail
14.1 miles | Difficulty: Hard
The most advanced trail on our list, this 14.1-mile, out-and-back ride will have you working up an appetite and craving a few glasses of wine afterward. With an elevation gain of around 2,400 feet, this popular mountain bike trail will work its way through fields of wildflowers and oak tree forests. It is an excellent trail for adventurers looking to push their limits while experiencing some of the best views Robert Lewison State Park has to offer.
If you are looking to branch out and learn more about what routes to take in and around Wine Country, Calistoga Bikeshop is a fabulous resource for rentals and route recommendations. Their Local Ride Information page has a long list of loops with insight on elevation gain, mileage, and maps to follow as well. We know you’ll be tired after a day of fun on the trails, so arrange accommodation with Wine Way Inn. We will be waiting for you as you conclude your bike ride pilgrimage!
Published July 2023