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Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop

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 4.3 (29) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging trail with a great view of Lake Berryessa from the top.


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5.1

Miles

8.2

KM

76%

Runnable

1,539' 469 m

High

231' 71 m

Low

1,413' 431 m

Up

1,409' 430 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A challenging trail close to Davis with a great view of Lake Berryessa.

Need to Know

A major fire in early 2015 led to moving the trailhead and trail reroutes. Respect that this is a nature reserve (and enjoy the amazing habitats it protects). Observe the revegetation signs and step around covered areas next to the trail. Do not attempt the tunnels if any water is present in them, and consider bringing a light source for them even during daylight. Be off the trails by dark, since they are closed from sunset to sunrise.

Runner Notes

A fine trail running route, though mind your step on the steeper grades as you would anywhere.

Description

Park at the new expanded 2016 trailhead, with its convenient port-a-potty. This is a bit north of where it used to be, adding a short, fairly level flat extension to the Homestead Trail. Use the trailhead registration box just past the parking lot. From here, pass through the tunnels under the highway, unless there is any water present (then turn around and call it a day).

The next trail junction past the tunnels shows the the start of the Blue Ridge Loop to the right. Here, there is a steep, 1.6-mile climb to the top of the ridge line. From there, you continue along the top of the ridge line. Another 1.5 miles along the ridge line, there is a junction where you can continue onto Annie's Rock or turn left and head down into the valley floor via the Homestead Trail and then back to the start.

Check the reserve's website for other current information on closures.

Flora & Fauna

Poison oak abounds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Justin Johnsen with improvements by Marinka Swift and 1 other

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  4.3 from 29 votes

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Photos

View of Markley Canyon from Blue Ridge Trail
Apr 8, 2019 near Winters, CA
Lake Berryessa near sunset, seen from where the Blue Ridge Trail first reaches its namesake ridge.
Oct 10, 2016 near Winters, CA
Homestead-Blue Ridge - Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Area
Apr 23, 2015 near Winters, CA
Homestead-Blue Ridge.
Oct 14, 2016 near Winters, CA
Under Armour posture for the beautiful Lake Berryessa
Apr 21, 2019 near Winters, CA
Homestead-Blue Ridge.
Oct 14, 2016 near Winters, CA

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Nov 4, 2018
Shelley O'Mary
Jul 27, 2018
Sammy Gibbs
5mi
Dec 30, 2017
Bill Lyon
Running in the clouds 5.1mi
Apr 9, 2017
Anthony Miran-duh
Absolutely lovely hike. 5.2mi
Oct 11, 2016
Justin Johnsen
Ran up to where Blue Ridge Loop first hits the ridge, watched the sunset, and had to return due to the time. 3.1mi — 0h 48m