NVL things to do
2018 OF NAPA • READER
VALLEY S CHOICE
Hiking Program LAND TRUST OF NAPA COUNTY
hether you are a seasoned hiker with a well-worn pair of hiking boots, or someone who likes to take a simple stroll outdoors now and then, Land Trust of Napa County’s hiking program offers something for everyone. Led by Land Trust employees and volunteers trained in wilderness first aid, participants not only get a healthy dose of fresh air and scenic views, but a firsthand look at some of the lesser known forests, prairies and waterfalls found in Napa Valley. Examples include exploring reptiles and amphibians on their Dunn-Wildlake Preserve, stargazing with high powered telescopes at their Wantrup Preserve, paddling the Napa River, scanning the skies above the Newell Preserve in American Canyon for birds of prey and trekking to the highest waterfall in Napa County; Zim Zim Falls near Lake Berryessa. Signing up for a hike is easy on their website with new listings usually published in March and September. Nearly all of the outings are free with only a few that require a membership before signing up. This is a small price to pay, all things considered, especially if you want to take part in an experience like the Joseph Phelps Vineyard Hike and Tasting. You can even sign-up for a workday if you’re looking to get your hands dirty. Most of the Land Trust’s preserves require 38
Aetna Springs To Duff Peak Hikers Photo by: Bruce Ivey
some sort of upkeep, so eager volunteers are always needed for picturesque places like the Linda Falls Preserve and the Dunn-Wildlake Preserve. Established in 1976 by seven founding members, the Land Trust has dedicated itself to permanently protecting land here in the valley. A record conservation year in 2017 now puts their total acres protected at 70,000, which equates to 14% of Napa County. For a full lineup of the current offerings, along with photos and descriptions, visit napalandtrust.org/ hikesactivities/hikes.
California Poppy Photo by: Erin Erickson Of LTNC