Redbud Trail to Baton Flat is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clearlake, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.3 miElevation gain938 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Lisa Anderson
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Crowded!

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Joe B
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Ended up going all the way to where this meets the Judge Davis Trail, which took about 7.5 hours there and back. After Baton Flat the trail was difficult to find, so I'd recommend a GPS unit if you've got one. Very cold initially but warmed up substantially as the day went on. Bring plenty of water and your sun screen. Saw a rattlesnake in the bushes and a coyote a little ways off the trail. Long hike but enjoyable, though I'd stay away from it during the summer.

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Jennah Booth
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Rick Bilks
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This trail is overrun with hunters so trying to have a nice hike is impossible. You will also hear gun fire at times very close to you. Sketchy environment for the typical hiker. No thanks!

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sheree Manzanares
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HikingGreat!

fun up and down trail. beautiful views

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Eleanor Gene
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BackpackingGreat!

A lot of people say there isn’t much to see, but I personally enjoyed the views. Its not as grandiose as other places in Northern California but definitely is peaceful. Only went out for one night and camped at Barton Flat, nice easy trip. Great starting place to work out the kinks before you plan a big multiple day trip There were more people then I thought there would be but everyone was courteous and nice on the trail. No one ended up camping near us either- Very tranquil and no gunshots like others report

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Rosemary Lechnowsky
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Daniel Howze
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Mari Villa
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i was hoping to make it to where the judge creek trail head turns around (they meet at the ford) but I didn't start early enough, to my liking anyway. a little difficult to navigate after the first crossing. lots of fallen trees.

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Nikki Bjorkquist
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HikingMuddy

Trail was well taken care of! It was really beautiful out there, even in January. Bummed there wasn’t much rain this year, so no creeks were running. But overall very cool hike. Bring a hat or something, as there is a lot of sun.

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Natalie Ketchum
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Dan LeBel
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Taylar Gallup
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Found over 15 ticks CRAWLING on my bed, floor, couch that fell off of my dog, and 2 had bit her even though she takes tick medication. Check your dog THOROUGHLY and make sure they have tick preventative, or don’t bring them

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Kayla Moreland
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Wow! Hiked this two weeks ago, and the wildflowers were exploding! This trail really surprised me after a not so impressive start. I figured the bathrooms would be locked, but they weren’t and were filled with trash (pack it out, people!) and even a dead mouse. The first few minutes of trail are through flat, uninspiring fields. But as soon as you cross the dry creek and start going uphill it’s an absolute riot of flowers and pollinators. The next mile or so were amazing. I hiked down to the creek and saw a few backpackers returning. Next time I’ll have to stay overnight and cross the creek! On the way back up the hill, I took the spur trail (marked) that continues uphill instead of heading back toward the parking lot. I was the only one on that section and came across more amazing flowers. Upon reaching the top of the ridge, the trail looked like it continued along the ridge for quite a distance. This is a great trail when it’s not hot. I will definitely be back!

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Dawn Clayton
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BugsNo shadeOver grown
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Ian Markham
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Beautiful hike! It's open and perfect for the shelter-in-place atmosphere because there were very few people. Wildflowers blooming, so there were lots of hummingbirds and butterflies. Amazing views as well, would recommend.

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Beck Lee Untalasco
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I did a loop as opposed to an out/back. I don’t advocate for this because you end up trespassing on private land. If I had known this and not follow the recording of another user, I would have opted to stick to the out/back route.

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Emily Chan
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Not a lot of shade due to fire damage. Still a nice hike to the creek. Heard gunfire along the way. But we were warned there might be people hunting.

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Dan Allen
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This trail was a nice day hike. But heads up there are a lot of stickers if you bring your dogs. Besides the stickers it was really nice.

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Christeen Rolle
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great hike.also did overnite backpacking trip here in february.

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Aziza S
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HikingMuddy

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.

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Elizabeth Joan MacDougall
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HikingMuddy

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.

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Aisha Cissna
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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.

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Jeff Blanton
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No bucks. No elk. No pig. Last outing was much better. Not the trails fault just didn't get anything accomplished or see anything nice other than the views which are decent in a couple spots.

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Justin Niquette
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Backpacking

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

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Richard Payne
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Hailley Brown
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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 .

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