Day Trip to Mayacama Mountains

There are many things to see and do when visiting the Napa Valley area, but we recommend carving out a day to take a trip to the Mayacama Mountains! This mountain range is well known to wine lovers as the dividing line between Napa and Sonoma.

Sunrise Mist over California Vineyard Landscape

This mountain range stretches about 52 miles. The divide along the Napa and Sonoma area is only about 30 miles so there is a lot to explore when it comes to the Mayacama Mountains. Mount Saint Helena is located at the boundaries of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake Counties and contains 5 peaks in the shape of an “M.” There are plenty of hiking trails to be explored in this region, with some amazing views that are a must see! Be sure to carve out some time on your next visit to check out some of these trails. Mount Saint Helena is also the source of the Napa River. This river runs for about 50 miles along these mountains.

Morning over Napa river with hot air balloon in the background

Towards the Northern edge of the Mayacama Mountains is The Watersheds. The Mayacama Mountains is the boundary between the watershed of the Russian River and Clear Lake. This is what differentiates Mendocino County and Lake County. There is also the Howell Mountains that blend into the Mayacama Mountains in northern Napa. The Mayacama Mountains are considered a part of the coast ranges in California, so the views are nothing short of amazing!

The Mayacama Mountains are home to a handful of ghost wineries that have been abandoned. There is so much history to be explored in these mountains! They also inspired the Mayacamas Vineyards, which at the time they came about, were only one of 17 wineries in the Napa Valley area. Known for their cabernet, the Mayacamas wines can stay fresh for over 40 years!

Aerial view of Napa Valley, California

There is so much history and culture to be explored in the Napa valley region, and of course you can’t forget about the wine. All of this is waiting for you so be sure to book your stay at RiverPointe Napa Valley today!


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