4,346 ft
2,214 ft
10.66 mi

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near Mirabel (historical), California (United States)

Great panoramic views that you have to work for.

The first mile is pretty, easy to follow, single track trail under tree cover that brings you to the Robert Lewis Stevenson monument. The trail continues to the right (not the more obvious one straight ahead), briefly becomes less distinct crossing a rock, goes up almost a staircase of rocks and ends at the smooth dirt access road to the top that trades trees for brush and great views. Note the post marking the trail for the return trip. Mt. St. Helena and two neighboring peaks are home to radio antennas, cell towers and radars, but the fire lookout tower that used to be on Mt. St. Helena is gone. The top of Mt. St. Helena is flat and easy to walk around to get different views. On the return trip we added ¼ mile visiting an adjacent but less spectacular peak featuring a time and temperature sign courtesy of KGO’s Doppler radar site. That was one of several unsigned intersections that make it a good idea to know where you are on the map.

There are small parking lots on both sides of 29 that are shared with other trails and rock climbers.

Signs for the park on 29 are immediately before and after the parking lots. The trail head sign is a ways off the road. No facilities or fees; dogs not allowed.

I rate this hike moderate instead of easy because of the 5 mile long, but not very steep, climb of 2,000’ with little shade on the road, no water after the beginning and little signage.



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