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Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve


One of the rocky hilltops on the west side of the canyon..


The
Homestead Trail down the canyon is well-maintained, with a number of stairways leading up and down.


One food source for birds and other animals is the California wild grape which grows abundantly along the creek.


An enormous gray pine towers above the trail.


Looking down the streambed in summer. The water in the creek runs about 7 months out of the year.


A mountain mahogany bush with feathery seed heads.


The trail comes to a cleared meadow where the homestead is located. A long-ago settler built a dwelling here and raised goats to produce cheese.


Sections of a rock foundation are the only remains of the homestead..


Poison oak is widespread in the reserve, including along the Homestead Trail..


Possibly a California ringlet butterfly
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The foundations of the settler's cold storage shed are located farther down the Homestead Trail.

All photos © 2012, Karlyn H. Lewis or James E. Lewis