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Clearlake, California Map
3 months ago

Trail is okay, seemed a lot longer than 3mi and there's a couple of muddy spots along the trail that are unavoidable

on High Bridge Trail

4 months ago

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, July 02, 2016

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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Distance and elevation seem to be off a bit, we figure the elevation has an extra zero and the mileage is closer to 8+ miles. We went on a cloudy, misty, sprinkling rain day, really muddy trail, and creek was full to require crossing via the 16 road bridge. Recommend for a spring hike.

Monday, July 27, 2015

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

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.

Monday, May 27, 2013

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.