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Clearlake, California Map
over grown
5 months ago

As of today, 5/11/19… trail is pretty overgrown and shredded by horses. Definitely wear high socks or pants and watch your step. Lots of ruts from horses. Not the biggest deal, but just putting the info out there.

7 months ago

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.

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.

11 months ago

A beautiful hike with views all the way up. The trail was well marked and maintained with no obstructions. A cute little pond at the top to sit next to and watch the wildlife before heading on or descending.

Monday, August 20, 2018

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Nice trail through the rolling hills with good views along the way. We camped at one of the two pretty well established sites next to the river, both offered shade. We had hoped to backpack past this point but the water was too high/fast to manage with a pack. We crossed with just day packs since the water came up to chest height in the calmer parts.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

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

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

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 .

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A nice short trail to make a day hike out of. Too hot and thorny for me during Summer.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Solid steep incline to start, great views along the ridge. Camped just on the other side of the creek, a few other groups of campers were around too.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

spring is the ultimate time to traverse this trail. Not only will the hills be dressed in wildflowers but the cattle will be roaming and the mighty oak will have it's leaves again. I scheduled this hike because of the 1000 ft elevation gain but found that it wasn't a difficult trail in the least. NOT HARD. What makes this difficult is the creek crossing and full exposure NOT the. elevation gain.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Hiked this trail in the Spring. The previous Winter had been quite rainy, leaving the understory lush and green. One could hear the roar of Cache Creek in flood from the abundant rains about a mile in from the trail head. Exhilarating views. Will return.

Monday, May 08, 2017

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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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.

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 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.

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.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

I found the trailhead on the Redbud Trail. You park at Cache Creek Wilderness Redbud Trailhead parking lot off of Hwy 20, then cross a large meadow on a gravel road until you get to a creek bed. After crossing the creek, the trail turns into a single track that steadily climbs uphill. After about a mile or so, you get to a "Y" with markers. You can go left, and continue on Redbud, or take a right and head up Perkins Creek Ridge. I hiked for about an hour up, and it climbs steadily (at times, steep). It offers wildflowers, butterflies, and beautiful panoramic views of the hills and valleys surrounding the area. It gets warm quickly, so in the summer months, an early start would be recommended.

2 months ago

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