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Brad Rasmussen reviewed Lynch Canyon Trail
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HikingGreat!

Did this hike yesterday and then picked up part of the Cache Creek Ridge Trail. Water sources were dry, but we were carrying plenty of water for us and the dog. Lots of wildlife sign along the trail. Plan to do an overnight backpack trip here in the future.

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Shaina Marie Pritchard reviewed Walker Ridge OHV Road
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Off Road DrivingNo shade

Great side by side riding trail! Must be on alert for all other people on the trail (cars mostly) it was minimal today but o could see this place gets busy as there are camping, lake access and shooting spots scattered throughout the trails. This is best used for a relaxing scenic drive. We parked at walker ridge road at highway 20. Luckily our friend went a few weeks ago and knew off the 20 had its own parking area. This app wanted us to drive way up the windy road with a trailer. The parking area is huge and all dirt.

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Cody Wheeler reviewed Cache Creek Wilderness Trail
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Mountain biking

The map linked to this is actually the ridge trail and is open to MTB. Wilderness boundary is well marked. Recommend taking the the single track adjacent to hwy20 them up the drainage to the ridge trail. Otherwise climb out of parking lot is fairly significant. I rode to the Lynch canyon trail intersection then out lynch canyon and took a route back up hill to the ridge. 12.9 mile loop. If I do it again I’d ride all the way out lynch canyon to hwy20 then ride the hwy shoulder back up to Judge Davis trailhead. Good trail, some knee high grass if walking. Some rough spots due to horse traffic in mud and dried out crevices. I didn’t go down to the creek. Maybe I’ll stash the bike and walk down next time.

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Mari Villa reviewed Lynch Canyon Trail
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Hiking

I did more than the 3 miles on here, and will say it was interesting to see the defunct kitchen at the intersection of trails. I've been out here in April May, and June and it is getting almost unbearably hot if you don't have enough water. I drank 5 L. Carried 3 in and used my filter to get more.

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Gerardo Ocampo reviewed Walker Ridge OHV Road
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Off Road Driving

Good easy trail. Don’t need 4x4 on the main trail but like mentioned in a other review there are other 4x4 worth trails that branch off. Great views too

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Backpacking

Perfect opportunity for social distancing. I hit the trail mid-morning Saturday and returned Sunday morning. Did not see one single person the entire time with exception to a group of rafters floating down the creek. Don't be fooled by the first mile which parallels the highway a bit and has some moderate elevation gain. The remainder of the trail is remote and downhill meaning that there is a good 4 plus miles of uphill (some of it pretty steep) on the way back with limited shade. My pack weighed about 34 pounds plus the rocks that I collected ; ) and I covered the return trip in about 2.75 hours. My Garmin said return trip was 5.5 miles with 1,654 elevation gain. Very active bee nest (hornets maybe?) in tree next to trail about halfway in (2.5-3 miles). Yes, I got stung, but it was actually further down the trail. Several snakes, none of them rattle snakes. Lots of lizards, bear tracks at creek (not fresh), and lots of coyote scat. Awesome camping spots at the creek. Total seclusion. I'm not sure about the complaints about brush... trail was open and although clearly not a high-traffic area, it was maintained. Surprisingly, I had a couple of moments of cell service (Verizon) about 1/2 mile up from creek. NO water until the creek. True, there's not much shade, but it was beautiful and close to home.

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Horseback ridingRocky

A little steep on the back side and little overgrown

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Jonathan Schrader reviewed Cache Creek Ridge: Judge Davis Trailhead
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HikingNo shade

Day hike, got to trailhead at 11; done 5:40. Should have got there earlier or planned for overnighter as we spent hardly any time at Cache Creek. Once you get away from Hwy 20, you enter into old California, no homes or power lines. Very few fellow hikers. Expansive views. I'd say 90% no shade. Luckily overcast cool day. Would not do on a hot day. Absolutely no water until Cache Creek. Wife and I love the knolls with the oaks. Very little poison oak. Well marked trail. Return trip definately a hard slog on the uphill. Restrooms at trailhead remain closed. Great spring hike. We were probably two weeks late in terms of green hills and wildflowers. No critters other than lizards.

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Rob Burkhart reviewed Lynch Canyon Trail
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Nice Walk - A- Bout great entry to many longer options.a little hard to see Trail Head coming up 20 from Williams Can. Have done twice more to come.

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BackpackingNo shade
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 15, 2020
HikingNo shade

I am easily pleased and give 5 stars to things I enjoy, haha. There are some wildflowers almost as soon as you walk and as the recordings show it starts pretty steep in oak woodland. I saw a gopher snake! And as soon as you start the descent you are in chaparral with almost exclusively Chamise with no shade. There are intermittent pockets of oak groves on the way to the creek. The trail fluctuates between being wide enough for a single file or as wide as a small car but even when it is small there is room on the sides if for some reason you run in to someone. I didn't run into anyone the whole time, which I like. I only saw one poison oak bush and it was off to the side, off trail. The creek was swift and as I am not a strong swimmer I only stayed in the shallows lest the water current sweep me away. I had a sandwich, that's my first pause. I was fortunate that on the uphill/return there was cloud cover for an otherwise sunny day. The occasional breeze was welcome whenever it passed by. I scared some mourning doves a few times. I paused again to drink water. At that point I had drunk two liters and had one left. I only had to pee once and didn't bother going more than two feet off trail, that's how desolate it is. I went off course at the end but when I realized it was just as much trouble to stay the course as it was to turn around I kept going. Would not do in summer. Some sections allow horses. Backpacking is allowed, per the sign at the parking lot. Restroom is closed, Covid-19? Be safe!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 5, 2020
Hiking

Easy to follow trail that mostly follows a ridgeline down to Cache Creek. The first mile or so is through mixed oak woodland, with the majority of the remaining hike down to the creek through pretty nondescript chamise chaparral. It's always nice to hike to a destination -- I'd recommend leaving some extra time to relax down by the water before beginning the hike out. I clocked it at almost exactly 10 miles roundtrip.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 25, 2020
Backpacking
First to Review

Overall, a great trail for an overnight trip in a truly remote area. I didn’t encounter a single person my entire 2 days and 1 night there. Great views and serious incline, but like most of the trails in Cache Creek Wilderness, horseback riders have completely destroyed this trail. Nearly the entire length is rutted out from horse tracks which make it difficult and frustrating. Watch your step! On the plus side, I saw tule elk, black tail deer, lots of birds and a coyote.

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Dan Allen reviewed Lynch Canyon Trail
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Hiking

Very nice easy trial for a dog walk

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BackpackingBugsNo shadeOver grown

I would not recommend this trail in the summer (75 +degrees). There is no shade and it's incredibly steep. There were placed where the trail had been destroyed by horses, and I can definitely see that being a problem if it's muddy.

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BackpackingClosedMuddyOver grown
First to Review

Trials are VERY muddy when it rains! They are not marked well either and the splits off of the cowboy trail on this map it's called "three ponds" are not easy to navigate. This was fun but definitely challenging in the rain and mud! The horses are cool to hike with and there is a little hut that you can stop and take shelter in. We started in the cowboy campground and hiked the three ponds to the Thompson trail. I tried to do a loop but one of the trials was closed so if you are looking to hike through Brophy canyon to bear creek you won't be able to as the trail is closed

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Christine Lambertson reviewed Lynch Canyon Trail
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Camping

Good little trail through the woods. relatively flat terrain. small ponds and streams along the way.

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HikingBugsNo shade
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 14, 2019
Hiking

I just want to quote my elevation gain stat, because it seems that on about 10 different blogs and websites, there are about .....ten.... different stats. So, today on my Geo Tracker app, it came out to 1778 feet total ascent. 5 stars on a nice Spring day, but it won't be as nice after daytime temperatures start getting up into the mid 80s.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 13, 2019
Hiking

great views, little shade, dirt but not muddy, somewhat cut up from horses.

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HikingMuddyWashed out

Did an overnight the 3rd week of March. Good - beautiful, sunny in spring, lots of flat campsites at the end, plenty of water at the end Bad - trail is destroyed for hikers by horses We saw zero other people on Saturday and had the river bottom area to ourselves. There were a few hikers and a lot of horses on the way out. There were fresh bear prints from the previous night or that morning - it had rained about an inch the night before so they were easy to spot. A standard PCT bear hang kept our food OK. We never saw any bears. IMO this is more of a horse trail than a backpacker trail. It is hard to express the amount of horse and dog feces on this trail - it might sound like an exaggeration, but without a doubt there were horse and dog droppings all over at least 2.5 miles of this trail every 10 to 15 feet. You had to watch your step because it was in the middle of the trail. Some was fresh and some seemed to be a year or so old There were horse droppings everywhere on the river bottoms, so much that it made it hard to find a place to pitch your tent. The trail condition was poor, for two reasons. We took the cache creek ridge trail and connected to Judge Davis after 2 miles. The ridge trail was quite muddy - we had to share trekking poles to get up. On the way back, the Judge Davis section of that trail had been totally destroyed by horses. 3 to 8 inch pockets where horses had sunk sunken deep into the mud. The mud had since dried into a treacherous minefield of ankle twisting hell. Horrible for children or older hikers. Our group was all dudes in our early 30s and it was dangerous. The hike was beautiful, sunny and warm for early spring, mix of baja-like terrain and rolling oaks. However it is hard to set aside the feces and horse destruction. In the summer it would be too hot due to the lack of tree cover. There were surprisingly zero mosquitos the 3rd week of March.

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Benoît Clément reviewed Cache Creek Wilderness Trail
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Mountain bikingMuddy

Mountain bikers, trail is closed to biking until 3rd weekend of April each year. Make sure the trail has had several days to dry or face very slippery and thick mud.

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Good workout.Not good for bad knees.it was warm last night and mosquitos was bad.it was an overnight backpacking trip.

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