Westwood Hills Park

3.00 Miles
420 Feet
3107 Browns Valley Rd.
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The trail near the main trailhead contains a number of large Eucalyptus trees that have shed their bark onto the trail surface. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
A view from the main trail overlooking side trails cutting in various directions. Houses in the distance mark the park boundary. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Families enjoying the view from the top of the park overlooking Napa Valley below. This popular spot is the focal point for most visitors to the park. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Looking back down the main park trail from the summit. Napa Valley is to the right and Browns Valley is to the left. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Much of the park is fairly well covered by ample tree shade, but there are spots, such as this one, along the park's perimeter where the sky opens up a bit. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Coppertone navigates a steep section of the trail up towards the Sun. Some sections of the trail proved to have a steep pitch. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Be careful of some of these side trails. They can get quite tricky. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Even some of the side trails offered up some nice views into the valley. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
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Small rough park on the western edge of Napa
By Austin Explorer on 12/31/2017
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 3.63 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

Coppertone and I decided to hike today instead of tomorrow because Jan. 1 is for college football.  Last week we hiked at nearby Alston Park and this was our backup at that time.  When arriving at the parking area we were a bit surprised to find the parking lot full and lines of cars parked along Browns Valley Road on both sides of the road.  The park just isn't that big, but it seems to have drawn quite a crowd on this day.

According to signs posted near the entrances, a mountain lion has been spotted in the park.  Despite Coppertone wanting to catch a glimpse of a "kitty", we spied only birds and the dogs accompanying visitors.

We hiked up the main path to the summit and then picked off the park's perimeter along its property lines.  There remain a number of additional trails within that circle to be mapped and explored.

This park turned out to be much rougher than expected, particularly the trails other than the main thoroughfare that leads the majority of people to the park summit.  The main trail is a difficulty level of 3, which is what I rated this hike.  A few segments here could earn a difficulty rating of 4 due to steepness.

We were a bit surprised to find a small burn area not far from the trailhead in the Eucalyptus grove behind the house close to the trailhead.  Though it may have occured around the same time as the devastating North Bay fires in October, it doesn't really look like it was part of the larger named fires around the area.

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