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Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve


Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve is open for hiking year-round from sunrise to sunset. A $2.00 entrance donation is requested at the kiosk near the entrance. You may find the printable PDFs (at left) useful.

DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES in your cars. Thieves may be active along Highway 128 parking areas.

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  • Trails here are rough and steep. Stay on trails at all times.
  • Hunting may occur on neighboring lands: danger of stray bullets.
  • To avoid dehydration and sunstroke, drink plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun.
  • Do not attempt creek crossings during periods of high water.
  • Though rarely seen, mountain lions live in the area. Hike with a partner, and keep children in sight. In the unlikely event that you encounter a moutain lion, do not turn and run: stand your ground.
  • Rattlesnakes are common in rocky areas of the reserve. Watch your step, and look before sitting!
  • Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) grows thickly along the trail; avoid brushing up against its foliage or bare branches.
  • Tiny deer ticks (Ixodes pacificus) hiding in vegetation are potential carriers of Lyme disease. Wear long pants and inspect and wash yourself carefully after your hike.
  • Avoid handling live or dead rodents or their nests or droppings, as they may carry Hantavirus, a potentially dangerous infectious agent.

Be aware that from many parts of the reserve, the nearest phone or cellular phone service may be a couple of miles away. It is advisable to carry first aid equipment, extra water, and a cell phone. Cell phone reception is generally restricted to hilltops.

Be aware that hunters and off-highway vehicle enthusiasts use the surrounding areas, and trespassing and poaching may occur. Please help ensure everyone's security by notifying the Reserve Director of any inappropriate uses of the reserve that you observe.


  • Please sign in at the registers located at the reserve entrances.
  • Do not collect plants, animals or other organisms.
  • Do not disturb research sites or management areas (indicated by colored tape, flags, or signs).
  • Stay on trails.
  • Pack out everything you bring in.
  • No mountain bikes, guns, or campfires ANYWHERE on the reserve.
  • Please, no dogs along the Homestead Trail (the ridge trails are on-leash appropriate). Cold Creek is an important wildlife corridor, and dogs disturb native species more than hikers alone (relevant article).