So, that brings me to today's adventure out to Moore Creek Park, near Lake Hennessy in the St. Helena, CA area. This park was recommended to me by our friend, Taylor, from Conn Creek Winery (a great place to taste some delicious red wines from each appellation in the Napa Valley.) She mentioned that her dog (also a boxer) loves to hike up the trail, and there's a great pool at the top for the pups to play in.
In my quest to find an adventure that Timber (my 6 year old boxer) could join me on, I thought I'd give this park/trail a try. I did my research on the trail system, where to park, etc. I always recommend doing your research especially if you're going out by yourself. I found the park very well marked from the road and it was easy to find the parking lot and the trail heads. Lots of signage to where the trails begin. Since we drove about 45 minutes to get there, I was glad to see there was a port-o-potty in the parking lot! The parking is free, but there is a donation box if you feel so inclined to donate.
The Valentine Vista Trail is a 3.1 mile trail that "ends" or for us today "started" at about the 1 mile point of the Moore Creek Trail which we had already done. So by the time we backtracked to this crossing, my GPS had us at 2 miles. This would give me a total of 5 miles back to the parking lot, which seemed perfect for the day's adventure. We adventured up the V-V trail which was quite steep with lots of switchbacks. The land was super green right now after all of our springtime rain, and the views were gorgeous! Not as much water for Timber to drink from creeks, since we were going up the side of the mountains, so if you have a dog, make sure to bring enough water for them. Timber is trained to drink water from my camelback ;)
The trail was super easy to follow. At one point I did consult Google Maps just to make sure I was going in the correct direction after one split that wasn't well marked, but I didn't really need to.
It was a cool 60 degree morning, and the sky was sunny! Couldn't have asked for a better day for a trail run!
All in all, I'd say it was a successful adventure!