Napa Valley’s First Trail 50k!

Join us in Calistoga for the Napa Valley 50k, in glorious Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. Don’t let the name fool you —
this is a challenging race that rollicks across the Palisades on rarely run trails, not a day at the spa. Want to know more? Read Penny MacPhail’s review, which starts, “I’m sorry but I can’t stop myself unleashing a recap of yesterday’s extraordinary race, Scena Performance’s inaugural Napa Trail 50k. It was EPIC. Truly in my view the mother of all ultra routes. I’d no idea what these trails would be like. Never run in this area or with this company. Awesomeballs was the answer.” Read more

Your race will take you out and along the Palisades all the way to Mount St. Helena. Along the way, you’ll find mystical trail features such as the Maze with its Nautilus centerpiece. Come discover where the author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon, and wonder if this land was the inspiration for those great stories!

Those of you taking part in the 20 mile Fun Run will follow a similar course, turning around at the Highway 29 Aid Station. No matter the race, you’ll be treated with stunning views and challenged with new trails.

Course and Aid

No doubt about it — these are challenging runs. Starting at the trailhead right off of the Silverado Trail, Napa Valley 50k takes you up the Oat Hill Mine Trail, then along the Palisades Trail, the Table Rock Trail and, finally, the Mount St. Helena Trail. The 50k has over 7,500 of elevation as shown here in the elevation profile. For additional maps and other race information visit us here.
This out-and-back course is all trail (single track and fire road) with one highway crossing. 50k runners hit fully stocked aid stations 6 times during the run, with stations positioned along the trail and then at the intersection with Hwy 29. 20 mile runners have 3 aid station stops. While aid is plentiful, limited access to the Palisades Trail means that there is at least one 6 mile between stations. We recommend all runners carry 40oz of water.

After Running

Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes on the lawn at Calistoga RV Park, where we will fill you with food and good cheer. The location is central to Calistoga so your family can visit this charming town while you run. Then, they can come watch you run down the street and into the finish. Everyone is welcome for food and drink after the run.

This is just the first day in two days of great running with the Rio Lindo Trail Run taking place on Sunday in Healdsburg. There’s something for everyone if you have folks with you that care for a more modest distance.

Getting and Staying Here

Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes in Calistoga, California at the top of Napa Valley. Camping is available at Bothe-Napa State Park. For more places to stay and other great ideas during your visit, check in with our friends at Visit Calistoga!

So, see you out there?

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Napa 2017 Race Day

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  • 50k

    Runners on the 50k course will be treated rocky and steep uphill sections to bring participants to expansive views of the Napa Valley, following single track trails across the Palisades and through the Maze. Runners will cross Highway 29 and proceed to the top of Mount St. Helena before turning around and heading home along the same course.


    There will be 2 aid stations for the 50K, which runners will visit 6 times, going out and back at the 6, 10, 12, 17, 20, 25 mile points in the race. Aid stations will be stocked with all of your favorite runner fare, including fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, soda, water, sports drink and other assorted goodies.
  • 20 mile

    The 20-mile course starts out on a rocky single track section along the History Trail, passing the Pioneer Cemetery and the Bale Grist Mill site before looping back up past the start to round out the run along the 10k course.


    There will be three aid stations for the 20-Mile, located at the 6, 10, 14-mile points. Aid stations will be stocked with all of your favorite runner fare, including fresh fruit, chips, gels, potatoes and salt, candy, soda, water, sports drink and other assorted goodies.
update 4/1/2017

Times, Getting Here, Where to Stay, Awards, Etc.


All races start at 8:00 AM


Napa Valley 50k starts and finishes at the Calistoga RV Park, just a few blocks from the trailhead. The address is:

1601 N Oak Street
Calistoga, CA 94515

For directions on how best to get here, click here and put in the address you're coming from. If you're coming with friends and family, the can root for you anywhere along the route that leads to the trailhead. And if they're tired of sitting with us at the start/finish, Calistoga has a lot to offer!


Scena offers you two options. You can pitch a tent at the start-finish. Or you can join us at Bothe-Napa State Park a few minutes away. If you purchase campsites from us, we will be in touch with you about how best to spend your time.

If you prefer a solid roof to a tent, other options may be found on or on AirBnB.

Awards, Drop Bags, Time Limit


The top male and female runners will receive new running shirts, compliments of our sponsors TOPO Athletic and Athletic Feat in Napa. Special awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and the top male and female age group finishers in 10-yr increments. These are limited addition awards created specifically for Napa Valley 50k by the artisans at Elevation Culture.

All finishers will receive a custom medal (they're made out of wood, actually) celebrating their achievement, along with a tech-t races shirt.


Yes, runners may leave drop bags, which will be delivered to the Highway 29 lot at the 10 mile point of the races.


While there are no hard cutoffs in this race, 50k runners who do not reach the Hwy 29 aid station by 11:45 will be instructed to run the 20 mile course. This ensures that all runners will finish, safely before 6:30pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a pre-race packet pickup?

Yes, there will be bib pickup from 12-6 (NOTE REVISED TIME) on April 21 at Athletic Feat in Napa. Their address is 3367 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558

I am new to trail running, will I get lost?

The trails are thoroughly marked with ribbons, and each turn will have multiple ribbons along with a sign pointing you in the direction of the turn. There will be no areas where you need to guess. We haven't lost anyone yet!

Are there things for my family to do at this location?

Napa Valley is a great place to bring the entire family and Calistoga specifically offers a charming small town setting that will treat non-runners. We recommend a trip to nearby Bothe-Napa State Park where family members can relax under the cool cover of trees, hike along the sun-dappled creek trails, and take part in the post-race festivities. Wineries abound near the park.

Can I have crew and support?

Because of the remote nature of the course, crew access if very limited. Crew, family, and other supporters can cheer you on the road before the trailhead near the start/finish, and then again at the upper Highway 29 crossing.

Can I hike the event?

Yes, we believe everyone should get a chance to experience these beautiful trails, regardless of pace.

Do you need volunteers?

Our races depend on the generous spirit of the running community to ensure every participant is well supported. Volunteers will receive a free entry to a future Scena Performance event. Please fill out the volunteer form for more information.

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