Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, June 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.

Tuesday, March 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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy walk down a dirt road to an old shelter. Kid friendly. Had no problems walking with my 5-year-old nephew.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Well maintained trail with beautiful views. Hike up for mountain and valley vistas or hike down to Cache Creek.
This mountain was burned in the Lake County fire last summer, and it's interesting to watch it come back.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Beautiful in the fall, wonderful trail, and dipping into Cashe Creek is the bonus

I did this hike before going to work one spring day ( I did not realize I could wright a review or I would have done it on the day of the hike) ......let me just say this......It was a nice spring walk that I figured would not take me more than a few hrs to complete I was right but I did not figure on all the hills and valleys that I would be going up and down.....lol I paid for it that night at work....all in all it was a great trail well packed and not very rocky I did not see any elk that day nor for that mater any other animals although I am told there are some to be seen up there I guess you get luck when you get lucky....I did get to see awesome views and beautiful oaks. I would do it again maybe wait just a few more weeks and let the wild flowers be at top bloom. Happy Hiking!

mountain biking
Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pretty easy in the beginning. Pretty flat and then moves into pretty steep terrain. I think it needs more Switchbacks but it probably is not intended for a mountain bike. I am intermediate rider on an entry-level GT Palomar. Going down was pretty tho. Overall I would say difficulty is moderate for biking, downhill moderate. Just be prepared to work to get to the top.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

This was a very pleasant day hike. The BLM map states this is 5 miles long, and took me about 4 hours one way. If you are from Clearlake, you can access the trail next to the landfill off of Davis Ave. There is no parking at this entrance, you will find the path just up the hill from the landfill entrance. Views were not overwhelming, but nice. I saw three bald eagles in the distance.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To make this a one-way trip, we had a friend from Clearlake drop us off at the Redbud Trail Head, ten miles by road from Clearlake, on BLM property. We then crossed a meadow and uphill a mile or so to the junction of Redbud Trail and Perkins Creek Ridge Trail. If you turn left instead of right, go 50 feet or so and follow the footpath abruptly to the right, you will quickly come to Inspiration Point, with the best view on the hike, Cache Creek far below and distant mountains. Although there is not much space it is a great place for lunch if you have a small group. Heading back to the junction, we took Perkins Creek Ridge Trail and hiked up and down, up and down along the ridge for 3 1/2 hours until we arrived at the South County Landfill on the edge of the Clearlake city limits. Since we had cellphone service the entire trip it was easy to arrange for our friend to pick us up there.

The hike was pleasant on a breezy June day--hot but not horridly so. The views are not really that interesting, though, and we saw no wildlife except for the occasional bird. There were still quite a few wildflowers, even in June.

I don't think this is 12 miles -- felt more like five or six, one-way. A ranger had told us it was four miles. It took us four hours total, and we stopped multiple times.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I found the trailhead on the Redbud Trail. You park at Cache Creek Wilderness Redbud Trailhead parking lot off of Hwy 20, then cross a large meadow on a gravel road until you get to a creek bed. After crossing the creek, the trail turns into a single track that steadily climbs uphill. After about a mile or so, you get to a "Y" with markers. You can go left, and continue on Redbud, or take a right and head up Perkins Creek Ridge. I hiked for about an hour up, and it climbs steadily (at times, steep). It offers wildflowers, butterflies, and beautiful panoramic views of the hills and valleys surrounding the area. It gets warm quickly, so in the summer months, an early start would be recommended.

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