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Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop

Located In: Winters.

Distance: 5.1-mile loop.

Difficulty Level: Hard; heavily trafficked.

Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop trail: photo by ©captannplanet.

 

Know Before You Go: This hike will get your heart pumping, thanks to a steep incline and little shade, so bring extra water, wear shoes with traction, and protect yourself from the sun. If you feel up for it, add 2.75 miles by taking Annie’s Loop at the junction. UC Davis recently restored the trail, so remember to leave no trace (pack in and pack out all your trash and belongings) and contribute $3 at the donation box. 

Why We Love It: Overlooking Lake Berryessa, this hike provides a solid workout, beautiful views, and is just far enough away to really disconnect from the day-to-day grind.

Preserve

 

Fuel Up: After cooling off, head to Preserve (preservewinters.com) for brunch (served Sundays from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), lunch, or dinner and cocktails. Largely considered the best restaurant in Winters, they serve an assortment of handcrafted, lovingly made New American bites—from burgers to charred Spanish octopus and a rib eye for two. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Preserve

 



Protect Your Skin

I’ve spent a lot of time outside and one thing is certain: The sun, no matter the month, will scorch your skin. Even over time without harsh sunburns, it’ll have an impact on your health. Here are a few things you can do to help.

Use sunscreen (SPF 50+). This one is obvious; no explanation needed.

Take collagen. It’s an incredible supplement, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts, and helps regenerate connective tissues, provides a protein boost, and preserves your skin.

Cold plunge. There are so many benefits to cold plunges, including cardio health, recovery, mental clarity, and (you guessed it) skin care. Post-hike dip in Lake Berryessa anyone?
  
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Homestead to Blue Ridge Loop trail; courtesy of Discover Winters.

 


by Ryan Martinez

Top two photos by ©captannplanet. Trailhead photo and photo directly right courtesy of Discover Winters.  Photo of hiker jumping by Shannon Ortiz @mommyingwithshans. Burger photo courtesy of Preserve. Outdoor Preserve photo by James Young Photography.