"Just a few years ago, this trail was located on the privately owned Payne Ranch, which blocked public access to much of the existing public land to the south and east encompassing the wild canyon of Cache Creek. But a determined effort by the BLM to acquire the 12,769-acre ranch resulted in expansion of the Cache Creek Natural Area to more than 70,000 acres. The trail follows the ridgetop that creates the boundary between the former Payne Ranch and the Cache Creek Wilderness, which was designated in 2006. From the ridge, hikers enjoy frequent views of sinuous Cache Creek, which was added to the California Wild & Scenic Rivers System in 2005. The trail makes its way through classic low-elevation Coast Range habitat, including blue oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral on serpentine-based soils. The possibility of viewing wildlife is high, since this area is home to one of the largest free-roaming tule elk herds in California, as well as one of the largest wintering populations of bald eagles. Except for some seasonal stock ponds, this ridgetop trail is dry for most of its length, so be sure to bring plenty of water."