The Cache Creek Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River are some of California’s newest protected wild areas. Ironically, much of this area wasn’t accessible to the public just 25 years ago. The large chunk of public land managed by the BLM was opened to the public when that agency and the California Department of Fish and Game worked together to acquire public lands that would allow trailheads to be developed along highways 20 and 16. Today, the magnificent oak woodlands, meadows, chaparral, and white-water rapids of the Cache Creek area are available for the public to enjoy. Tule elk, deer, bald eagles, bears, and river otters abound in this area, along with the rare adobe lily. The area is also rich in Native American cultural heritage. The Redbud Trail is one of the primary access trails to the newly designated Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River. Its trailhead is also the starting point for the class II+ wilderness white-water run for kayaks and small rafts.
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