“An introduction to Skyline Wilderness Park with more trail details.”
— Bob Gardner
A more accessible ride than the Skyline Wilderness Park
loop providing an introduction to the area with more trail information and directions to the more challenging singletrack trails.
Need to Know
Parking/entrance fee is $5.00 plus $1.00 if you're riding bikes. If you ride your bike in, it's $3.00 entrance.
A relatively easy out-and-back with a lollipop loop on the Tuteur Loop, formally known as the Napa Solano Ridge Trail
, at the upper (southeast) end of the park. The ride uses Lake Marie Road
which is the "main street" for gaining access to the backcountry and practically every other trail in the park.
Head up Lake Marie Road
to Lake Marie, which is a good spot to take a break. Continue along the south shore where the trail merges with the Skyline Trail
past a ruin of a cabin with only the chimney left standing.
is well-shaded along Marie Creek with a few challenging creek and gully crossings. About 0.5 mi. from the lake a gate marks the park boundary but trail users are allowed access to the Napa Solano Ridge Trail
which passes through private land. This trail is locally known as the Tuteur Loop Trail as seen on park signs and is shown here riding in the clockwise direction.
The loop returns to Skyline Trail
and Lake Marie. Take the easy way back on Lake Marie Road
or try some of the alternate trails like Skyline Trail
or Buckeye Trail
along the south boundary or Marie Creek Trail
and Manzanita Trail
on the north boundary. All trails join at Lake Marie and lead back to the day parking area.