Redbud Trail

Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, California

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Redbud Trail is a hiking trail in Lake County, California. It is within Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and Cache Creek Wilderness. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 898 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,141 feet.
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Redbud Trail is a hiking trail in Lake County, California. It is within Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument and Cache Creek Wilderness. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 898 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,141 feet. This trail connects with the following: Judge Davis Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 3,141 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 898 feet
Top Elevation: 1,488 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Parks: Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
Elevation Min/Max: 895/1488 ft
Elevation Start/End: 898/898 ft

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"Redbud Trail takes advantage of both State of California and federal Bureau of Land Management lands, providing easy entry for wildlife-viewers and wilderness hikers into a primitive area where the habitat is managed for wildlife and plants. In the northwest corner of the 70,000-acre Cache Creek Natural Area, the Redbud Trail gives hikers access an area that supports two extraordinary species: tule elk and bald eagles. Your trail, almost 8 miles long if you walk to the end of Wilson Valley, winds along the North Fork of Cache Creek through a riparian zone—live oak, alder, cottonwood, grass, and sedge—that supports an abundant community of wildlife. Wild turkey, black-tailed deer, black bear, and three or four of the few free-roaming herds of tule elk make this area home and share it with migrating waterfowl, upland birds, and the magnificent bald eagle, which winters here."

"This moderately strenuous hike will be an unexpected treat if you are accustomed to the frequently remote and barren public lands typically associated with the Bureau of Land Management territories. The Redbud Trail is within a thirty- minute drive of Clear Lake and the town of Clearlake for lodging and services. The 5.4-mile out and back crosses a meadow before the gradual climb to a saddle with views of steep forested slopes and eroded palisades before descending to Cache Creek along a series of long switchbacks.

The Redbud Trail begins left of the information kiosk, and there is a metal box with maps at the trailhead. There are two forks of Cache Creek to nourish the land. At 0.2 mile the narrow trail crosses the service road, and you leave the flat meadow for a gradual climb into an oak and pine woodland with some manzanita. In the spring the trail bursts with green grass and is splashed with pink shooting stars, shocking pink redbud, and Indian warrior’s burgundy bloom. The burgundy Indian warrior flowers with fernlike leaves look especially exotic against the oak shrub land. If your dog is responsive to voice commands, this is an excellent place to let her gallivant off leash and sniff to her nose’s content."

"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."

"The Cache Creek Natural Area is 70,000- acres of primitive public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The isolated area is located just north of Napa County, straddling Lake, Yolo, and Colusa Counties. The diverse terrain includes steep-walled canyons, 30 miles of perennial Cache Creek, numerous feeder streams, and large grassy valleys. The land is rich with oak woodlands, native grasslands, chaparral shrublands, and riparian wetlands with cottonwoods, willows, and alders. Access through the seldom-used natural area is mainly limited to foot traffic, equestrian use, and mountain bikes. There are no developed camping areas, but primitive camping is permitted."

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Jun 2018