60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Sacramento
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.