In what is becoming an annual tradition, a couple of weekends ago we headed to BLM’s Cache Creek Wilderness area for a spring backpack. Cache Creek offers beautiful wildflowers and great wildlife, so it’s a nice place to visit in the spring. In the summer I imagine it would be miserably hot.
I have described this area in prior blog posts, so I won’t rehash the details here. Trip description and photos available at the links below.
If You Go
The Redbud Trail starts just off of Highway 20 about ten miles east of Clearlake. It is about 2.5 miles to Baton Flat, and there the trail crosses the creek. The flow of the creek is not just dependent on recent rains – it is also regulated via the dam upstream. Because of this the water level is unpredictable. I’ve seen it nearly dry (May 2009) as well as 50 yards wide and chest deep (May 2010).
No permits are required for overnights in this BLM wilderness area.
This is a popular area with hunters – wear bright clothes, hike with a big noisy group and stay on trail.