Caples Creek Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kyburz, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible from March until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Kyburz: Follow the Silver Fork Rd. for approximately 10 miles turning left just before Fitch Rantz Bridge onto a 4-wheel drive road which leads 1/4 mile to the trailhead.
We hiked this trail this past weekend. We started at the Caples Creek trailhead near the Fitz Rantz Bridge. From there we hiked to the Jake Schneider Meadow which was beautiful. We continued on the Caples creek trail, past government meadows and hiked up the mountain. The we turned around because we weren't sure if the trail continued or looped back. We went back to the fork and took the Government Meadow trail. Government Meadow wasn't as cool as the Jake Schneider meadow but still great to see. On the Government Meadow trail, we had to cross the water and so it took us off trail a bit to find a log allowed us to cross the water. We had to hike in the direction of the trail and eventually found it. From there we took the Silver Fork Trail. The early part of the Silver Fork Trail is a little difficult as it goes up the mountain, with decent elevation change and switchbacks. (I wouldn't recommend for kids or inexperienced hikers.) The latter part of the Silver Fork Trail runs along the American River which was great. Finally we made it back to the Caples Creek Trail and headed back to the Trailhead. All in all, this was a 15 mile hike. If you have family and kids I would only go to the Jake Schneider Meadow and back, as that is what most of our group did.
nice hike. fairly easy. water was flowing good. would definitely do this hike again. bring bug spray. lot of mosquitoes.
This was a great hike sad to see all the dried out trees. The water was very low! Easy hike
Awesome hike, beautiful scenery, even encountered a baby rattler