Calistoga is a small town nestled in the northern part of the Napa valley,
about 400 feet above sea level. To the south, a gentle ridge of mountains
separates it from the Santa Rosa and Sonoma valleys. To the North, a tall,
jagged ridge known as the palisades rises over 2000 feet up from the valley
floor to create a beautiful, striking backdrop to the town. At the north of the
Palisades is Mount Saint Helena, whose highest peak is 4340 feet tall, and
occasionally dusted with snow during winter.
Calistoga is a resort town, best known for its mud baths and the Calistoga
geyser. It is surrounded by wineries. Most of the hikes here are exposed to full
sun, making for great hikes in the colder months of Winter. Most of the hikes
are at higher elevations, and since it is a few mountain ridges away from the
coast, these hikes are often clear and sunny when the Santa Rosa valley is
filled with fog.
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