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."
--Jordan Summers, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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.
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
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.
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.
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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