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Caples Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 150 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: 1,535 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

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.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful scenery along the Silver Fork of the American River! Great Hike!

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike. Is over 10 miles so be prepared for more than what is stated. Nice incline and incredible views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! If you prefer your incline to be a little more drawn out and a little smoother, start the loop by going left at the fork. Either way it's a good workout. The entire trail is well maintained, especially considering all of the fallen trees, of which there A LOT. Lots of water still which makes for some great places to stop and soak it all in.

hiking
bridge out
rocky
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this loop on mid-June. Terrific trail, lots of day and overnight hikers, wildflowers galore. There is a doozy of hike to the top, but overall lovely trail. I would suggest to keep to the left of the fork and come across the infamous footbridge last. The south side of the mountain was steep and I’m glad we did it going down. Oh! And the creek was too high and fast so we had to cross on a fallen tree. Super fun.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail. when you got to go over the creek go downstream to find the log.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular trail for backpacking. Very well maintained and has endless beauty very similar to Desolation Wilderness.

backpacking
2 months ago

I did this loop (counter clockwise) with an REI class this past weekend (1-night backpacking). Good trails. Well marked. Not much traffic after you get a few miles from the parking lot. LOTS of cars in the parking lot, btw. The southern half of the loop is more challenging than the northern half, but overall not too difficult, even with a pack on. Lots of good places to camp at the far end of the loop where the trail crosses Caples Creek. Note: At this far end of the loop, hikers will need to cross Caple Creek either by wading (at low flow) or by a log crossing that is just downstream of where the trail crosses the creek.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Pups loved it. At the middle of the hike there is a pretty intense incline up the mountain but all around amazing hike! The wildflowers are blooming and the river is amazing. When you come to the river crossing we just took off our shoes and walked across, dogs also did it just fine.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice forest hike through meadows with a bit of elevation change. While the trail is clear, the creeks are running strong and we had to go up stream a bit to cross some logs at the creek crossing. Easy access from highway 50 and saw lots of camp spots along the hike. Wildflowers are coming out and we were able to identify snow plant, lupine, tiger lily, pussy paws, paintbrush and more.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

Went there on 7/13/19. Hot as hell but half the trail is shaded so that helped. We did not do the entire loop and only made it Government Meadow trail starting from the trail head. Caples creek was nice and cold. Bring a water filter so you don't have to carry too much water from the start. Also, bring your bug spray because there a lots of bugs.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely hike. We did it in early afternoon and met a few people coming back down. We only made it to the split at the bridge and came back down. The only downside is that I sat down under a tree and a pinecone fell from high up and hit my nose and above my eye, causing a huge swelling and bloody nose!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

we completed this trail on 6/29 .Easy to follow , beautiful views of the creek and wild flowers. mosquitoes were relentless near the water, bug spray is a must! We shaved a couple miles off the hike by cutting thru old silver fork trail ( not sure if that's what's its called) most of the elevation was gained in half a mile which was quite the work out. super dog friendly as well .

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked part of the trail Saturday, June 29th. Flowers are blooming along the trail and in the meadows. we even saw a few Snow Plants also. A lot of people were on the trail. We split off at Old Silverfork Trail and had to cross a log over the creek. The trail on the other side was not in the best shape so we backtracked. There is an amazing amount of water roaring in the first mile of the hike. Great time for pictures with the high water levels and the blooming flowers.

hiking
off trail
3 months ago

Did the loop on June 26, 2019. Parking was no problem, we have a low to the ground car so we were worried about the reviews saying there was a dirt road to take. The road is well paved until you reach the parking lot which turned out to be a flat gravel area that any car can take. Safe parking with a bathroom not far from Silver Fork campground. Absolutely gorgeous trail. Very clear and easy to follow as well as dog-friendly. You follow the river for most the way. When looking at the map, we went toward Jake's Meadow and Government Meadow first when doing the loop. After Government Meadow, you have to cross the river. You used to be able to wade across but because of the snow melt, it is too dangerous. We went a little less than a quarter of a mile down the river off the trail and found a large log to walk across. I have a large German Shephard and he was reluctant but we were able to get him across no problem, it's very stable and fairly wide. We then backtracked up the river and found the trail again fairly easily. Once you cross the river you reach a pretty steep climb, the elevation gain is practically all at once but the view from the top is great. We got a little confused when we got over the mountain and headed back toward the trailhead. We reached a sign that said either "Silver Fork", "Jake's Meadow" or back the way we had just come. When looking at the map at the start of the trailhead, it seemed we had to cut across to Jakes Meadow again then go back down. We were wrong - make sure to head toward Silver Fork! It wasn't a big deal, we just got a little turned around. The actual name of the trail is only listed on one sign and it's in an awkward spot. We thought we needed to get back onto Caples Creek Trail which is why the Silver Fork trail sign confused us. Overall awesome hike. The huge meadows had some beautiful wildflowers in bloom. Some great spots to come back and stay the night in as well.

hiking
3 months ago

Did the loop in Oct 2018; it was beautiful in early fall & had to cross the high creek twice. Once we found a way to jump (vs wade across), the 2nd crossing was over the creek on a log. My poor pup was afraid to cross & frantic after i got to the other side. He would not swim & finally came across on the same log i did.,

backpacking
3 months ago

A little crowded for my liking, but Trail was accessible and easy to follow. If you’re looking for an easy hike to get started, this a good one.

running
3 months ago

What a great trail!! Ran it in mid June 2019. Lots of snow melt but feet remained dry. 95% of trail is runnable. Not only is it runnable it is some of the best single track I’ve ever run!! Be persistent at the top of the loop (you will find trail if so). We crossed on a downed tree which was not far from designated trail. Go do this if you’re a trail runner. Tough to beat.

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a great snow-free backpacking trip for my husband, two dogs and me. We began at the camp ground and hiked clockwise at about 6:00 on a Friday night. Lots of cars, but plenty of places to set up camp for the night. We hiked off trail for a bit when you come across another trail to make a right onto. We found a great hidden campsite with a huge fire pit and flat tree benches along the river! The next morning we woke up and explored around the campsite and then began finishing the loop. The trail is flat until about 3/4 of the way through, at which point you have a steep climb that accounts for most of the elevation gain. We had two dogs off leash the whole time with no issues. There is definitely evidence of bears here, so be sure to store your food properly. We used an Ursack tied to a tree with no issues, although our dogs did chase something off shortly after we hung the food. Overall this was a great overnight trip, and we will keep it in mind for heavy snow years!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Nice hike 6/2 . No snow on the trail but several sections pretty wet and muddy, but easy to navigate around. Did this as an out and back since I couldn’t find a crossing and water was high and running fast.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Overall excellent day/backpacking trail. Great views of the river and mountain along the way, plus an alpine lake and meadow. Went left on the loop first and it is still wet and muddy from the snowmelt. Additionally, at the river crossing at the top of the loop, we had to find an alternate crossing due to the water level being so high. Did the whole trail with a dog off the leash. This loop ended up being more like 11 miles from my Garmin GPS, starting and ending at the campground.

hiking
4 months ago

A great trail, the meadows needed a bit of a detour to avoid the water. Lots of bear poop around the meadow. The creek crossings were interesting. The sun came out as we emerged from the forest before the river crossing. Great spot for a picnic. Lots of snow higher up on the loop. Good to take enough layers as it rapidly chilled down once the low cloud came down. Pretty flowers, masses of trees down, and great river falls to see. A lot of the tracks were draining water but easy to get round. Highly recommend this loop trail.

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
4 months ago

What a great trail. Amazing hike. Note there are lots of signs of bears. As expected the trail is very wet so come prepared. Did the entire loop and did hit snow patches at the peak. The trail is hard to find in a couple places. Still an amazing day.

hiking
4 months ago

It’s a beautiful hike. The whole hike was quiet and peaceful. Do expect to get wet,

hiking
5 months ago

It was very wet and cold, we were unprepared so only did an hour into the trail. Superb forest and falls alongside the creek. We were the only ones in the car park and on the trail. Definitely worth doing either in better weather or when well prepared. Being from NZ we are sorry about our snails, but just shows how fast they are to travel all those miles.

backpacking
muddy
snow
washed out
5 months ago

Did it with a group for my birthday

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