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I hiked this loop trail on St. Joseph’s
Day, and I couldn’t have asked for better conditions. If you have the chance to hike this trail, now is a great time to do it (once it stops raining). The mountains are dressed in green with pops of color from wildflowers and blossoming trees. The butterflies and bees were out as well enjoying the last day of winter. Look for the trailhead on the back end of the larger parking lot. I recommend taking the Blue Ridge Trail going up and the Homestead Trail coming down. Thus, when you get to the intersection of the two trails shortly after you emerge from the tunnel, follow the Blue Ridge Trail on the right. Then, you will have to cross the creek; head towards the trail marker sign on the opposite bank. Going this route, I would classify this hike as a solid moderate. Budget 4 hours for this hike if you go at a leisurely pace, stopping occasionally to take photos or a sip of water (bring at least 40 oz on a mild spring day; you may want to bring more water if you go during the heat of summer). Also, start the hike early so that you can do much of the uphill portion (without much shade) while you’re still fresh and in the cool light of morning. Then, you can reach the scenic view of Lake Berryessa quicker and enjoy the shade and calming sound of flowing water as you take the Homestead Trail back to the parking lot.

This is a great and scenic hike. I would recommend doing early in the day before it gets hot as others have said. At least half of the hike is completely exposed with no shade, which provides for some great views, but it also gets hot. I would also recommend taking the trail clockwise so you are walking in to the views while you are on top of the ridge, instead of away from them.

Outstanding day. Started with a slow walk up the north end. Once on the ridge it was on. Like riding a dirt bike on a mountain side. Get off your but and do it. Push your self. Get out of your comfort zone.

Great views and you just feel like you are in the wide open with no one around.

I've hiked this trail countless times!! It's a good hike to get your heart pumping, but it can get crowded when the weather is nice. bring water and dress accordingly because there is no shade when your on the ridge.

25 days ago

Good hike, not enough shade. Wouldn’t do it in the summer time, made that mistake and had to turn back. Overall it was great and so close to home!

Great views all around! The first mile makes for an awesome workout...nothing but climbing!! Would love to live close to some climbs like this so I can do repeats as my evening workouts.
My party followed this route up to the summit then north peak. From there we went on the trail for the Grand Loop Trail.

I did it clockwise as well. Some of those stairs are quite steep and I’m glad we went up them and not down them. None of the reviews thus far have mentioned the copious amounts of poison oak. It is truly everywhere on this trail. I wouldn’t bring a dog for that reason alone, unless you’re not allergic. Beautiful views and wildflowers. Start early for best weather and to avoid crowds.

Great trail for an active workout.

25 days ago

Start early and beat the heat, bring water and sunscreen - there isn’t any shade on this trail. It’s beautiful and worth every bit of effort. It seems like most people go counterclockwise, but I suggest the opposite. The “up” is more gradual and if you go clockwise, the sweet views will always be in front of you.

We started from inspiration point and hiked all the way to vollmer peak via seaview trail.. about 3 miles one way.. We reached around 9 am there were lot of vacant spaces In the parking lot.. There is also a restroom near the parking lot at inspiration point.. Amazing views of San Pablo reservoir , Golden Gate Bridge and the city.. Nice elevation and great workout.

Great hike for dogs!

26 days ago

Weather wise it was a perfect day. A little breeze kept us cool. It took us about 3 1/2 hours to do the loop. However we stopped a lot to take in the views. We stopped in Green River Brewery and Tap Room to add a cherry to the top of this excellent day.

Do it! You will not be disappointed. Views are really great

Great hike!

Nice local hike. Getting up to the ridge is challenging but the ridge hike is great. Start in the early morning and grab brunch in nearby Winters.

It is posted that dogs are not allowed. Bring water. Some of the steps are quite steep and if it's rained recently, it may be muddy.

28 days ago

Pretty good hike. Lots of views. Antioch looks like a decent town from up there.

a great hike with excellent views. We picked a nice cool day with white clouds for a backdrop. Will definitely hike again!

Has anyone taken their dog on this hike?

beautiful but grueling trail

This was a wonderful beautiful hike with gorgeous views of Lake Berryessa at the top! I’d say it’s a moderate hike. There’s definite elevation gain; we were glad we brought our trekking poles for stability but they are not essential. Dress in layers as it got quite cold from wind gusts at the top. Took us 3hrs to do the 5.5 mile loop. Highly recommend.

one of my favs. great intense inclines and areas if flat and down hill parts. fantastic views and always a great hike in this area and on this trail !

Very scenic trail and a great workout. Went there by myself but if anyone needs company would love to go back :)

Lots of rolling up and downs. Path is well groomed but some of the hills are pretty intense

This was a great and challenging hike. Bouldering at the ridge tops was amazing, and the views... Wow.

Just hiked it today 8 Miles 1900 ft elevation. Today’s hike Rocky Ridge and Rocky Ridge View out and Back . With an add on towards St Mary’s. Great place to hike especially in the winter drys out fast especially the service road up Rocky Ridge. Been hiking this area for 40 Years

Great hike up to ridge with plenty to see on the way culminating in terrific views over Lake Berryessa.

Amazing place! Totally recommend this trail!

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