Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cache Creek Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
bugs
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

I would not recommend this trail in the summer (75 +degrees). There is no shade and it's incredibly steep. There were placed where the trail had been destroyed by horses, and I can definitely see that being a problem if it's muddy.

horseback riding
6 months ago

on May 14, before the rains, I traversed the Cache Creek Ridge trail from the dozer, (top of Brophy Canyon trail, ) to Judge Davis trailhead. it was in excellent condition thanks to work done by a recent horse event. I also went down the Ridge Connector trail, in good shape because of maintenance done by the horse group, and up the TurtleTrail. The lower end of this trail is spectacular and worth going up a ways before the connection to the ridge turns into a deer trail. However someone, the horse group I assume, has punched a connection through heavy brush to tie in with the top end of Brophy Canyon trail. The part through the brush has large, flattened rocks that would be arduous to bike across. the entire course is about 14 miles. Enough water for my dog with a couple side trips to stock ponds.

mountain biking
over grown
6 months ago

over grown
6 months ago

As of today, 5/11/19… trail is pretty overgrown and shredded by horses. Definitely wear high socks or pants and watch your step. Lots of ruts from horses. Not the biggest deal, but just putting the info out there.

camping
6 months ago

Good little trail through the woods. relatively flat terrain. small ponds and streams along the way.

I just want to quote my elevation gain stat, because it seems that on about 10 different blogs and websites, there are about .....ten.... different stats. So, today on my Geo Tracker app, it came out to 1778 feet total ascent. 5 stars on a nice Spring day, but it won't be as nice after daytime temperatures start getting up into the mid 80s.

great views, little shade, dirt but not muddy, somewhat cut up from horses.

hiking
muddy
washed out
7 months ago

Did an overnight the 3rd week of March. Good - beautiful, sunny in spring, lots of flat campsites at the end, plenty of water at the end Bad - trail is destroyed for hikers by horses We saw zero other people on Saturday and had the river bottom area to ourselves. There were a few hikers and a lot of horses on the way out. There were fresh bear prints from the previous night or that morning - it had rained about an inch the night before so they were easy to spot. A standard PCT bear hang kept our food OK. We never saw any bears. IMO this is more of a horse trail than a backpacker trail. It is hard to express the amount of horse and dog feces on this trail - it might sound like an exaggeration, but without a doubt there were horse and dog droppings all over at least 2.5 miles of this trail every 10 to 15 feet. You had to watch your step because it was in the middle of the trail. Some was fresh and some seemed to be a year or so old There were horse droppings everywhere on the river bottoms, so much that it made it hard to find a place to pitch your tent. The trail condition was poor, for two reasons. We took the cache creek ridge trail and connected to Judge Davis after 2 miles. The ridge trail was quite muddy - we had to share trekking poles to get up. On the way back, the Judge Davis section of that trail had been totally destroyed by horses. 3 to 8 inch pockets where horses had sunk sunken deep into the mud. The mud had since dried into a treacherous minefield of ankle twisting hell. Horrible for children or older hikers. Our group was all dudes in our early 30s and it was dangerous. The hike was beautiful, sunny and warm for early spring, mix of baja-like terrain and rolling oaks. However it is hard to set aside the feces and horse destruction. In the summer it would be too hot due to the lack of tree cover. There were surprisingly zero mosquitos the 3rd week of March.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

Going Saturday after a rainy week in February made it so that the trail was really wet. This isn’t a bad thing if you don’t mind muddy shoes. Also along the first 1/4 mike of the hike the creek cuts across without a bridge so if the water is high enough you’ll have to either take off your shoes and wade or get from the calf down soaking wet. It was a really serene time with not too many people out and the view from the bench is really breathtaking. There was a majestic predator bird flying down in the canyon. The only reason why I docked a star is the poor trail markings and cloudy map at the trailhead. I’m less inclined to go farther if the map is difficult to navigate. Figure out your route before you get there if you can. I definitely recommend this trail.

mountain biking
muddy
8 months ago

Mountain bikers, trail is closed to biking until 3rd weekend of April each year. Make sure the trail has had several days to dry or face very slippery and thick mud.

Good workout.Not good for bad knees.it was warm last night and mosquitos was bad.it was an overnight backpacking trip.

great trail system

this trail system is great. I wish I had more time. there is no phone service when you start, so download the map. that's how I got lost... but you get service a couple miles up on a ridge. I will definitely be back.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

I hiked in a group of 12 from my two meetups. We saw a solo Bald Eagle soaring over the river canyon, and on the way back we saw a solo Golden Eagle soaring over the ridge.

Fires have recently hit this area, so it was a very burnt landscape with sparse shade. It’s also very hot this time of year, so I recommend going in the morning or at dusk to avoid the heavy heat. Cache Creek is still flowing despite the dryness, though. I just went for a day hike. If you’re going at this time of year, bring at least a liter or two of water to drink at least.

backpacking
Tue Jun 12 2018

Nice trail through the rolling hills with good views along the way. We camped at one of the two pretty well established sites next to the river, both offered shade. We had hoped to backpack past this point but the water was too high/fast to manage with a pack. We crossed with just day packs since the water came up to chest height in the calmer parts.

backpacking
Sun May 27 2018

Easy to moderate hike depending on how far out you go. The Redbud trail up to the river crossing is was dry and fairly well traveled. There is plenty of tall grass so I'd recommend pants for sure. We backpacked by the creek which was alright but not spectacular

backpacking
Sat May 19 2018

backpacking
Mon Apr 23 2018

It was good weather . A lot of day hikers. The trail is tough on the way in but once you get to the river it’s great . This was free backpacking and very enjoyable. We just went this weekend in spring 04/18 . It’s a steep incline on the way in but once you get to the flats it’s good .

Fun and a great workout. Wear lots of sunscreen, it’s very exposed. I brought my 3 year old and he loved it but unless your kids are used to it I definitely wouldn’t as it gets very steep and challenging at points.

backpacking
Sun Apr 01 2018

Solid steep incline to start, great views along the ridge. Camped just on the other side of the creek, a few other groups of campers were around too.

hiking
Fri Mar 02 2018

Very exposed trail – be aware during summer time – there is very little shade for most of the way, and only creek water. I didn’t have that much problem with hoof tracks – but horses do use this trail.

hiking
Fri Oct 06 2017

Hiked this trail in the Spring. The previous Winter had been quite rainy, leaving the understory lush and green. One could hear the roar of Cache Creek in flood from the abundant rains about a mile in from the trail head. Exhilarating views. Will return.

hiking
Sat Jun 03 2017

Out and back from the Parking area to the "Road Kill Cafe" on 29 April 2017. Explored off trail creek area.

Much of the trail is thrashed from horses. Wish I had worn boots instead of trail shoes. Start early so you have plenty of time to explore the creek and beat some of the heat. Very exposed to sun. Definitely challenging on the way back.

backpacking
Tue Mar 21 2017

Decent area. Most of the wilderness is dead cause of the fire a few years ago so there isn't a lot of wild life. The incline when you reach the mountain is pretty tough. Steep incline. The water level is high in cache creek during winter. I went during January. There is nowhere to cross the cache creek on the winter when you reach the baton flat. I was told by the locals that the creek can be crossed during the summer. It is about 2.5 miles from the parking area to the baton flat. Great views when you get to the top of the mountain.

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