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greenBlue Homestead Trail

Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 583' 178 m
Descent: -2' -1 m
High: 815' 248 m
Low: 233' 71 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by Justin Johnsen

The main trail, connecting the trailhead to the homestead ruin.

Justin Johnsen

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Closed after dark.

Description

The Homestead Trail is the least strenuous route through Stebbins Cold Canyon Nature Reserve. Just south of the parking lot is a trailhead exhibit and self registration kiosk. Since reopening in spring 2016 after the previous year's fire, the trail burrows under highway 128 through a large dark tunnel (head lamps are helpful here even in broad daylight). Check that no water is present before entering!

Once through the tunnel, it follows the stream course (dry or wet, seasonally) up Cold Canyon, mostly through chaparral and under some riparian trees. After some gradual uphill hiking, it reaches the ruins of an old homestead.

Flora & Fauna

The normal collection of birds and other animals may be seen. Watch for amphibians when there's water around the homestead site.

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Contacts

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 27, 2019
Eileen Corley
Lovely downhill connector with the blue ridge loop. Good cover and cooler. Beautiful wildflowers and butterflies. 1.4mi
Jan 28, 2018
Justin Johnsen
4.2mi — 1h 59m

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