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Cache Creek Ford is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Clearlake Oaks, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and backpacking and is best used from November until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,853 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly



horseback riding

bird watching




This hike traverses the lower elevation portion of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument., and makes two fords of Cache Creek. For more than half the year, Cache Creek is not fordable by the casual hiker. Flowers peak in late April-early May. The grass becomes prickly mid May. Trail has clay mud when wet; let dry for 3 or more days after rain before doing this hike. The area is hot May-October. The long walks along brushy ridges interspersed with grassy oak woodlands can be lovely in pleasant weather.

2 months ago

This hike is fantastic during the winter months and several days after it rains. It can be muddy, since there's heavy clay soil. The views are tremendous during this hike.