670 acres of gently sloping to steep hillsides of cottonwood riparian, blue oak woodland, and chamise chaparral natural communities. Just a few of the species supported by these habitats include California towhee, Bullock's oriole, and black-headed grosbeak. Please see the attached bird checklist for additional bird species in the area. This area is just downstream of the Monticello dam, where Cold Creek enters Putah Creek, and includes Stebbins' Cold Canyon Reserve.

it's an amazing trail to go on. the view beats the difficulty of the hike everytime.
just make sure you bring a flashlight if you go late in the day. we got lucky and used it phones flash towards the end.
would definitely go again.

Definitely a go to when I want a good workout. Very strenuous , wear a heart monitor, you'll see ! Haha worth it, great views on top of the peaks & everyone we've encountered were friendly. Pack more water than u think you'll need esp. in the Heat.

Awesome views and a challenging hike. Got the legs feeling it! Took an icy dip in putsch creek after to cool off.

Hard but worth it

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21 days ago

This hike has it all. I took my 8 year old daughter. There are definitely some really hard spots and her fear of bees led to some sticky moments, but overall she was a total star. I'll probably take her back when get a little older, but I will definitely will be doing this hike solo again and again.

Pretty novice hiker - a bit out of shape so this was a very difficult hike for me. End of may heat gains on you around 11am. Took the advice to go clockwise - I might try again the other direction. Homestead is more gradual gain. A lot of up and down the peaks at the lake view but so worth it! Wildflowers were in bloom!!

Go early if heat is an obstacle - we started at about 10:15 and it got hot!!! Bring a lot of water and a snack!

Beautiful trail.

The views were spectacular! Bring lots of water, sun screen and have your camera ready at the top. Recommend you hike early or go on a cooler day. Will be back!!

great hike, wild flower show right now is truly amazing

I recommend start on Blue Ridge and go down homestead, the stairs on homestead can be brutal

Easy hike with great views of Lake Berryessa and Sacramento Valley. Decent elevation gain. Usually, very crowded on weekends. Glad to see some of the vegetation growing back since wildfires.

Tip: If hiking in the summer, go early. The valley heat can be brutal.