Homestead Trail, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Winters, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Interesting to see how canyon is recovering from wildfires in past couple of years. Trail has had some work and in places is better than before. Muddy and slippery after rain, though. New entrance to reserve. Do not cross the highway . . . follow signage to walk down the ravine from parking and cross under the freeway via drainage tunnel. Fun in winter, but more beautiful in spring with wildflowers.
great fall hike, not too hot. nice views at the summit. Not an easy hike though, lots of scrambling at the top along the ridge.
I love this hike. Great view at the top. Perfect length when doing the full loop. Waterfall during the rainy/wet season. Summer gets a bit hot and dry.
Medium crowds here, you will run into a lot of people. A bit of boulder climbing on the summit. I enjoy trail running here and power walking the intense incline areas.
The trail is much rougher since being reopened after the fires. Very dry, very hot, almost no shade. You need way more water than you think you'll need and the trail takes longer to hike than you'd expect. I'd rate it moderate to strenuous. Even the groups of twenty somethings were cursing this trail halfway through. There is also zero phone reception here. My girlfriend broke her leg here and I had to hike out, drive down the road to a pay phone to get help, and then she had to be airlifted out. The rescue crew said they have to airlift people out of there at least a couple times a month.
It was nice and long hike! Make sure you bring a lot of water. It's hot and dry!
it's a great hike, nice views. bring lots of water with you. it's dry and it gets hella hot.
My husband and I hike this trail frequently. Great trail for a quick workout! Beautiful views along the ridge. Be sure to carry lots of water if you go in the summer heat!
It is a short hike. Moderate to easy. For me is was moderate as I took breaks, for my son it was easy he is 21 and is very active. Closed until May 15 2016
Closed until May 2016.
trail closed... estimated re-opening May 15, 2016 :((
Nice views on the ridge of Lake Beryessa