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Homestead Trail

Intermediate
 3.8 (4)

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


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.3

KM

Point to Point

815' 248 m

High

233' 71 m

Low

583' 178 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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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.

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

Shared By:

Justin Johnsen with improvements by Liz

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Homestead-Blue Ridge - Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve Area
Apr 23, 2015 near Winters, CA
Homestead-Blue Ridge.
Oct 14, 2016 near Winters, CA

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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