Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop

HARD 873 reviews

Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop 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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,456 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

no shade

no dogs

After heavy rains, portions of the trail near the stream may be closed. Beautiful hike, with views of Sacramento Valley, Lake Berryessa, and wildflowers along the way.

Excellent hike, challenging and great up hill. Didn’t have enough time for loop but will next time!

hiking
8 days ago

I've been in the Lake Berryessa area many times and somehow overlooked this trail. It is not an area rife with hiking trails, particularly hard ones - so this is a real gem. Its difficulty was the main question on my mind before beginning the hike - is the "hard" classification accurate? I mean, we're talking the Central Valley and foothills here, folks... 1500 feet in elevation gain in 5 miles says it all. A long series of stairs lead up to the ridge and this is where you get your heart rate going. This is a great hike to build-up trail legs for the Sierra Nevada. The scenery ain't bad either. I went in January so it was a bit muddy. I bet the optimal time to go would be in March/April when Spring brings green and flowers and the nasty heat hasn't arrived. Yep, this is a crowded one. You'll be seeing people of all walks of life. Actually it's refreshing to see various demographics hiking rather than the more limited range in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere.

hiking
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Great trail. Little bit muddy at places and rocky at others. Narrow trail for most of the way. We had our dogs but we saw signs that say they aren’t allowed. Quite a few hikers. Good places to have lunch up on the ridge.

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Excellent views from the top, not a very hard hike if you do it when it's not hot. Would definitely do it again, for the views!

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I have hiked this trail maybe 20 times but never in damp, heavy fog like on this early December morning that followed several days of rain and wind. There were many recent blow-downs, and the chaparral—dense and very wet on this morning—often encroached the trail. From the Homestead Trail we started up Annie’s Trail, but retreated after a half mile due to uncomfortable trail and weather conditions. Back on Blue Ridge, there were zero views and such limited visibility that we stumbled kind of blindly over the rocky bumps. Even so, the swirling, soupy fog and empty trail—we met no other hikers—were calming, and made for a very unique Stebbins experience. 12/5/19.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome climb and worth the views! Definitely watch out for snakes, we saw a few. Happy trails

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Went homestead to blue ridge, clockwise. Hike is definitely challenging. Best to hike this trail early. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. View of lake berryessa is worth it!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

It was more difficult than I thought it would be but still a great trail. Definitely not for amateurs or people who don’t have good balance. Some awesome views most of the way. Watch out for snakes! Would highly recommend taking Homestead to Blue Ridge. Homestead on the way down was pretty steep and dangerous.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Went counterclockwise so came up Blue Ridge first then hiked back on Homestead. Blue Ridge is a good climb but little shade. Great views walking across the ridge. I went through a half gallon of water on a moderate temperate day, bring a lot of water. Trail was well maintained.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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