Caples Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews
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Caples Creek Loop Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kyburz, California 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 best used from March until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

trail running

views

wildlife

snow

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.

2 months ago

very decent, not so steep hike. awesome forest. took us 4 hours

3 months ago

9.6 mike loop. Awesome trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. Just be prepared that parts of the trail aren’t clearly marked, so using GPS can be very helpful.

hiking
5 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. I kept track of distance on my Fitbit and it said it was 10.6 miles. For the most part it’s a easy walk. Be prepared for the switch backs. Parts of the trail are a little confusing, but great scenery!

7 months ago

It was 100* plus degrees in Sacramento. So we decided to head up the hill towards Tahoe. We found this trail and truly enjoyed it. Rivers, meadows, beautiful tress with very interesting bark. Mostly shade. We decided to do the loop. 9.3 miles with some very steep switch backs more then half way through. We were exhausted. It took us 4 1/2 hours. We are in pretty good shape but new to hiking.
I think when we do it with friends we'd go out and back. Not do that loop. It climbs to 1700 ft elevation
But this hikes tops our list of favorites

backpacking
8 months ago

Trip #3

hiking
9 months ago

So beautiful - even on a hot day the trail stays fairly cool because it's mostly shaded.

backpacking
9 months ago

We had an amazing time!! My first backpacking trip and I am hooked!

hiking
9 months ago

This loop trail has a little of everything I love about hiking in the lower Sierra. Access is easy, the trail is in decent shape, the views are fantastic, wild flowers are everywhere, and wildlife is abundant. Access to water is plentiful. Backpacking is easy and good camping spots are easy to find. If I had any complaint it would be that horse traffic chews up the trail surface a bit, but this is normal in this area.

9 months ago

This trail is gorgeous! Lots of flowers, can hear the creek the majority of the time and at times take in stunning views of the creek, medows. This trail is mostly in the shade which is a big + on hot days. Happy trails!

10 months ago

Yes Hannah. There is a beautiful place to camp if you take the loop clockwise all the way to Caples Creek 1/2 way through the loop just past Government Meadow. Then follow the creek down stream until you see the down tree to cross and after crossing go back up stream to the sandy beach at the creek's bend. There's also many other great spots along Caples Creek. Enjoy!

hiking
10 months ago

Caples and silver fork were huge! We made it to the crossing just past Governor’s Meadow. When you get to the creek you need to head right about a hundred yards. You'll have to scramble over a small side creek before getting the crossing on the huge log to make it to the other side of Caples creek.

10 months ago

Brian Foote, did you see places to camp if we were to backpack and stay somewhere on the trail overnight?

Thanks!

hiking
10 months ago

Maybe the best trail I've hiked in the last 25 years. Hats off to the trail maintenance crew with all the down trees from this past heavy winter. Made the 9 mile loop. Water was raging!

10 months ago

Toni MacKinnon, I went clockwise and ended up finding a crossing memorial weekend as I camped out for two days.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery, great 3-4 hour hike. The crossing at the half way point is a large fallen tree. If you're looking for a second bridge, we didn't find it. Very easy to cross when you find it the log. Came across 3 rattle snakes on the trail. Keep a close eye on the trail. Scenery and water flow is amazing. Little snow left at 6900 ft.

hiking
10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous and so much water!! Be sure you bring mosquito repellent

backpacking
10 months ago

Bob Williams,

Which direction did you go when you did this? Thanks!

Toni

11 months ago

I've went twice. Loved it. Saw a huge bear in the first meadow. I'm not able to find a crossing at the point where the trail is supposed to come back down. I had to retrace my steps to get back. Maybe during low water you can wade across. In May 2017, no way.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Absolutely amazing hike. This is our second time and we love it!!!!!

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

solid

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

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.

Happy Hiking!!!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

nice hike. fairly easy. water was flowing good. would definitely do this hike again. bring bug spray. lot of mosquitoes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

This was a great hike sad to see all the dried out trees. The water was very low! Easy hike

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Awesome hike, beautiful scenery, even encountered a baby rattler

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