Blue Ridge Trail North

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, California 95679

Distance3.9mi
Elevation Gain3,118ft
Trailhead Elevation565ft
Top2,860ft
Elevation Min/Max558/2860ft
Elevation Start/End565/565ft

Blue Ridge Trail North

Blue Ridge Trail North is a hiking trail in Yolo County, California. It is within Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 565 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,118 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

Blue Ridge Trail North Professional Reviews and Guides

"If any entirely uphill hike can be enjoyed, it’s this one. Your hike begins at the white gate on CR 40, where you’ll see a notification that the bridge is out (it isn’t), along with several other important but not-very-useful signs. Descend and cross the low-water bridge that straddles Cache Creek. River rafters are required to portage here, so they take the opportunity for a lunch break right near the trailhead. After crossing the creek, walk uphill and watch for a sign about 50 paces to the left, indicating the trailhead’s location. Turn left and walk to the yellow gate; step through on the left and follow the doubletrack over toward the rafters’ picnic grounds."

"When the cold days of winter have closed in and the holiday excesses have you feeling slothful, there is no better cure than climbing to the top of Blue Ridge to take in the outstanding views of the Coast Range and California’s latest Wild & Scenic River—Cache Creek. Cache Creek was designated a California Wild & Scenic River by the state legislature in 2005, and is one of 12 Wild & Scenic Rivers, which are protected by law from new dam development. Built by volunteers, this challenging trail provides access to public lands that stretch along Blue Ridge south to Berryessa Peak. Tuleyome, a Yolo County-based conservation group, has recently acquired land in order to increase public access to this little-visited area, with the ultimate goal of designating much of the ridge as a federally protected wilderness."

Blue Ridge Trail North Reviews

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3/3/2014
Great hike and can be a little challenging for some people. The steps and going over the rocks can be quite a journey for some. Highly recommend this place if you aren't afraid of a little hard work.
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7/30/2011
This is my goto hike whenever I have guests in town that like to hike. I prefer to do the hike in counterclockwise direction, doing the ups right away, and walking down the steps at the Homestead Trail. Awesome views of Lake Berryessa. Wonderful ridgeline hike
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5/1/2011
I enjoyed the varied terrain and rock scrambling along this trail. it wasn't too long and there were great views of lake beryesa. one side of the loop is a hot switch back section, the top is rocky scrambling with views and the other side of the loop is shaded with lots of plant varities.
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2/13/2011
We just came back from doing this trail and couldn't be happier. Challenging but fun and very well maintained trail. Only took me and my wife 2 hours so don't be afraid by the trail description of 4-5 hours, anyone with a fairly good condition can nail this in under 3 hours.
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9/13/2010
I have hiked this loop 3 times in the summer and spring. Amazing views and challenging climbs over a beautiful ridge line. This is by far my favorite hike in this area.
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3/28/2010
We've done this hike 5 times now and always enjoy it. As already recommended, go early in the day if you hike during the summer. The first time we did it was in August, starting at 11:00 am. Big mistake. We went back a couple weeks later at 9:00 and beating the heat made it a lot more enjoyable. We always do the hike counter clockwise, the opposite of most hikers. It's a steeper ascent, but going up those stairs the clockwise way can't be easy either (it's not great for the knees coming down, but not too bad). I have a bit of a fear of heights, which is one of the reasons we go counter clockwise, even though it may be a bit tougher. There's a peak that would probably scare me if I saw it coming. Sure, I'm still on the same cliff, but I handle it better if I don't see it. lol.
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3/13/2010
Great view and great for all ages. From the many peaks you could see the Sierras, Sacramento and the great Napa valley. We had a pug complete it!
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1/9/2010
Challenging and spectacular Amazing view of the lake and the valley Personal experience: We saw traces of a bear and some reptiles
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10/11/2009
Trail is in excellent shape. The hike requires mild exertion for the first two miles and then one should be in hiking trim for the last mile to be enjoyable. The hike has nice vistas of the creek and canyon with plenty of photo ops.
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6/23/2009
By this time in June, get out early in the day as the place heats up quick. 90 by 10am. Great short hike with several vistas overlooking Cache Creek and valley beyond. Some trail is quite thin and the cinders are like ball bearings, steep drops make for very careful footing. Half shade and sun, great early morning hike. Winter months are best.
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Trail Information

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Nearby City
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Parks
Cache Creek Regional Park
Local Contacts
USGS Glascock Mtn.
Local Maps