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Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop [CLOSED] is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Winters, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,456 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Rocky Closed No shade No dogs
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Note: As of September 23, 2020, the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve remains closed to hiking and other recreation, as it has been been severely affected by the LNU Wildfire Complex. For up to date information and current conditions, please consult the park's website. This is a beautiful hike, with views of Sacramento Valley, Lake Berryessa, and wildflowers along the way.

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Albi Baba
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HikingClosedRocky

EPIC summit and sunset view. Yes this has been burnt to a crisp but it was so fun! felt like I was hiking Mordor from lord of the rings. Yes it is burnt up and the trees have fallen over some of the paths and it’s difficult to follow but with a positive mindset you can get through it and find the trail and find a way to the top of blue ridge. this hike is closed and a little unsafe but for the true adventurer it is a great trip. my roommate and I started the hike around 5:18PM and got up to the summit just in time for sunset and hungout at the top for an hour as the sun went down, stunningly beautiful. to find the trail in the dark though was a bit difficult but we were able to manage and found our way to complete the entire loop. might i add that we each did a gram of psilocibin, a perfect dose for a mild trip n 5 mike hike ;)

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Jacob Roshgadol
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Andrew Winn
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Burnt to a crisp

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Larry Crane
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Janet Janet P
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I was able to drive the road after the fires. All lake access is closed. The Blue Ridge Trail is burned up. I didn’t hike it due to hazards from the fire. In case anyone wonders how the trail did during the fires, it was burned. It will recover but it’s sad to see all the burn scars throughout the area.

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Abbie Stack
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This trail will kick your butt. I did this hike a few weeks ago and got heat exhaustion. Bring a lot of water. There are portions with basically no shade - an umbrella would have really helped me. Having an ice pack for the sandwiches we brought for lunch probably saved my life. That being said, the view at the top is amazing and if you want a good workout, this is a good choice.

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Alicia Werner
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Jessie Thomas - on the off-chance you see this, I found your credit card

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Jason Wood
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great 5 mile training hike with fantastic views of lake berryessa

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Rachel Kennard
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Hardest hike I’ve ever done. I’m in moderate shape training for half dome. I’ve done 5 day backpacking trips and it doesn’t compare to how difficult this track is. Read the warning signs and bring plenty of water. We had just enough to not pass out walking to the car. I’m dead. We also saw a helicopter rescue on the trail today. It’s no joke.

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Zhanna K
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This a great intense hike. One of my top favorites. However, I would not recommend it to a casual hiker or beginner. I would recommend going during cooler weather or earlier in the day. There isn't much shade on the trail and you have full sun exposure. Bring lots of water!

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Danielle Grossman
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Realistically, This is the most rewarding hikes in the area. I’m not in the greatest of shape so it was Definitely hard. when packing, if you think you’re bringing enough water, bring more. All in all, I definitely recommend this hike!

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ayo bruh
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Started at 8 am and finished around 11. Very fun hike, physically challenging with decent pace during the first 2 miles but transitions into an easier but more treacherous climb along the ridge. Weather was nice with a nice breeze at the top but the trail does lack shade. Suggestion: bring 2 liters of water, a hat, a friend, and start nice and early.

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Anna Meyer
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Definitely a hard hike but worth it at the top!

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Alicia Werner
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Failed reconnaissance mission

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Alicia Werner
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HikingGreat!

Lost a pair of ray bans + sunglass case somewhere out on the trail today like a real dummy. While I realize this isn’t a lost-and-found, I’d so appreciate it if you’d reach out if you happen to come across them!

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Alicia Werner
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William Murphy
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Challenging but not super long. There’s not a lot of shade so I would recommend starting your hike before 9:00 AM. Definitely bring at least 2 liters of water or more if you’re not in great shape like me. Overall great trail I will be back in the future.

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Juan carlos Lopez
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Great views but hard hiking go early with lots of water

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AN M
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Go EARLY and bring lots of water!!! The trail itself has a lot of switchbacks and loose gravel which is what makes it hard (in my opinion). Saw lots of people on the trail when I was coming down (started at 7, ended around 12 going at a slow pace). The view at the top is amazing, but I prefer less dry climates, so 3/5 for that reason. Still something fun to do in the area, so. I would recommend if you want a challenge :)

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steve pearce
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Rocky with some steps. Partial shade. Heavy traffic.

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Jonny Tindall
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Plan for 3-4 hours if you intend to hike the full loop. I recommend starting at the west end of Annie’s to Eagle Scout, to Annie’s Rock, then across the Blue Ridge and descend on Homestead. Most of the beginning is shaded, but gets hot fast and stays hot when you hit elevation. Bring a minimum of 2L water and snacks to be safe. Amazing views of Lake Berryessa and Monticello Dam. Lots of poison oak this time of year.

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Hattie Lawler
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HikingNo shadeRocky

When they say "hard" they really mean it. This trail just about killed me (I'm a moderate hiker) but the views were absolutely stunning. Bring lots of water and a hat since there's very little shade.

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Zena Hashim
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Challenging and rewarding. Steep inclines, you will scatter over boulders, so if you’re not comfortable with heights, hike this with someone else for moral support. Pace yourself, bring hella water and enjoy.

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Lamar V
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Please go early if during the summer and like others have mentioned, bring more water than you think you need. Not sure how others did it, but I went clockwise, and after getting past the second large peak, before the final long descent there is a section that isn’t kept up at all and completely unsafe to go down. Not sure if I missed something or an alternate route. Scale rocks. Trekking poles saved my ankles and knees. Also PLEASE BEWARE, many will do part of the trail and review it. If attempting to complete the trail, this is HARD. If just doing part of the trail or only heading up to the peak then back the way you came, it is moderate or moderate-somewhat hard depending on the person.

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