Homestead-Blue Ridge Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Winters, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.
The hike was very hard my first time going up the stairs, especially when we werent prepared for the heat and difficulty level of the hike. we quickly learned it's easier going the reverse way on the hike.
However, the view is great and keeps coming back for more. Come prepared with lots of water and snacks or lunch to enjoys the view and catch a break.
I seriously counted all the steps... 253 (if I recall correctly).
great Fall or early Spring time hike
Today was a perfect day for this hike. We started out around 10:30 after the morning chill was gone and we completed it around 2:00. We took some good breaks to refuel and take in the scenery. This hiking trail was damaged severely last year by a fire. A lot of the trail has been washed away and the wooden steps that were burned, most have been replaced but not at their original intervals. With a lot of the brush gone, you get a lot more spectacular views. There is still a little bushwacking but not much. There is also some rock crawling in an attempt to get through the ridge of this trail. Other than that, be careful if the ground is wet, it is slippery in many areas on the south/east side of the trail. The trail is about 5+ miles now since they had to re-route it after the fire. This is a pretty nice hike. It is difficult but very rewarding. This is a no dogs trail but we saw almost as many dogs as people.
It was Fucking awesome mother fucker, but there was one weird dude
Great hike, challenging but worth the views. A little disappointed by the number of dogs on the trail considering the first posted rule was no dogs.
great fall hike. Lots of scrambling along the summits along the ridge. Definitely not an easy hike. Nice views at the summit though. Go early to avoid the crowds and heat.
Love this trail!!!! Definitely worth it when
U reach to the top:)
I live within 30 minutes of this trail and if you are looking for some good steep switchbacks take the blue ridge trail up and the homestead down. Great views of the lake and nice feeling of being surrounded by the mountains. Overall a great little work out. It isn't easy but it is definitely doable for anyone in decent shape. Great hike for those in Davis, Winters, Vacaville or Fairfield
I've hiked this trail twice. The first time was in the heat and it was unwise! The second time was in October and much better. There is no view until you reach the top, aside from that I wouldn't call it beautiful but at least you'd outside :)
A good section has steps so be ready for those. Pretty good climb but manageable.