Cold Canyon–Blue Ridge Loop Trail Stebbins UC Reserve

Winters, California

Cold Canyon–Blue Ridge Loop Trail: Stebbins UC Reserve Professional Review and Guide

"This is the signature hike for residents of Davis and others who live in the Putah Creek watershed. People looking for an easy round-trip ramble with the family that is less than 2.0 miles long with only a 300-foot elevation gain may go out and back to the old homestead site in the Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve, which is owned and managed by the University of California. But those looking for more of a physical challenge can go beyond the reserve to complete a demanding loop nearly 5.0 miles in length that climbs more than 1200 feet to the top of Blue Ridge. Along the way, hikers who brave the more challenging loop option will enjoy views of Berryessa Reservoir and much of the Coast Range."

Cold Canyon–Blue Ridge Loop Trail: Stebbins UC Reserve Reviews

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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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11/15/2008
Nice mix of terrain and plant-life - deep dry-creek canyon, knife-edge ridgelines and steep ascents and descents between the two. Good views from atop the ridgeline of Lake Berryessa with Clear Lake on the horizon.
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10/12/2008
Awesome views of lake Berryesa and wilderness as far as you can see.
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8/4/2008
We did the reverse of this route yesterday. We got a late start, so the heat was worst than the ascent. The trail is challenging at parts, which we liked. Having to think about your next step as you go over boulders and on narrow trails with steep drops was fun. My shoe even got stuck and I had to take it off when I stepped between two boulders. That was a first. The views are terrific. We can't wait to go back in the winter to see the salamanders we've heard so much about. The only things we didn't really like is that you get scratched when the trail narrows in the brush. Also, the steps (which we did on the descent) were high and steep. I have early onset osteo-arthritis in one knee, so going down dozens and dozens of steps is a lot more difficult than the steepest climb. I recommend hiking poles on this hike if you have any knee issues.
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Trail Information

Winters
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.9
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3.5-5 hours
Duration
Best: Year-round, mornings are best in the summer
Season
USGS Monticello Dam and Mt. Vaca
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