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blueBlack Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop

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5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,413' 431 m
Descent: -1,409' -430 m
High: 1,539' 469 m
Low: 231' 71 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)


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Trail shared by Justin Johnsen

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Heavy flow of water through the tunnels at the start. You can walk across the top of them and cross the street to the trail

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A challenging trail with a great view of Lake Berryessa from the top.

Justin Johnsen

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


A challenging trail close to Davis with a great view of Lake Berryessa.

Need to Know

A major fire in early 2015 led to moving the trailhead and trail reroutes. Respect that this is a nature reserve (and enjoy the amazing habitats it protects). Observe the revegetation signs and step around covered areas next to the trail. Do not attempt the tunnels if any water is present in them, and consider bringing a light source for them even during daylight. Be off the trails by dark, since they are closed from sunset to sunrise.


Park at the new expanded 2016 trailhead, with its convenient port-a-potty. This is a bit north of where it used to be, adding a short, fairly level flat extension to the Homestead Trail. Use the trailhead registration box just past the parking lot. From here, pass through the tunnels under the highway, unless there is any water present (then turn around and call it a day).

The next trail junction past the tunnels shows the the start of the Blue Ridge Loop to the right. Here, there is a steep, 1.6-mile climb to the top of the ridge line. From there, you continue along the top of the ridge line. Another 1.5 miles along the ridge line, there is a junction where you can continue onto Annie's Rock or turn left and head down into the valley floor via the Homestead Trail and then back to the start.

Check the reserve's website for other current information on closures.

Flora & Fauna

Poison oak abounds.


Local Club: Tuleyome

Apr 30, 2016: footer Form Test

Mar 31, 2016: Hello world!

Mar 28, 2016: Hello world!

Land Manager: UC Davis National Reserve System

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Apr 14, 2019
Garland Schonauer
No need to wait until the canal dries up, there are two trail heads to the right and the left. 5.1mi — 3h 30m
Apr 14, 2019
Shayna Schonauer
Apr 7, 2019
Chris Weiss
Gorgeous views from the ridge 5.1mi — 3h 40m
Mar 17, 2019
Matt Fleming
Dec 28, 2018
Alex Jones
Dec 27, 2018
David Hilbert
Jun 7, 2018
Tanya Bleu
Jun 2, 2018
Maya Nagaraj

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 26 votes


  4.5 from 26 votes
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Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Note that after the fire closure in early 2015, the trailhead reopened a bit further north than where it used to be. I'll share the new trail section here soon. Oct 10, 2016
Jose Gomez
Woodland, CA
Jose Gomez   Woodland, CA
Are dogs allowed?? Jan 27, 2019
Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
From the SCC website: "Dogs are not allowed on trails" Mar 5, 2019

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