Cache Creek Ridge - Judge Davis Trail Connector

Cache Creek Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain656ft
Trailhead Elevation2,091ft
Elevation Min/Max2086/2249ft
Elevation Start/End2091/2091ft

Cache Creek Ridge - Judge Davis Trail Connector

Cache Creek Ridge - Judge Davis Trail Connector is a hiking trail in Lake County and Colusa County, California. It is within Cache Creek Wilderness. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 2,091 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 656 feet. This trail connects with the following: Judge Davis Trail and Cache Creek Ridge Trail.

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"The Cache Creek Natural Area is a secluded hilly expanse east of Clear Lake. Elevations range from 3,196 feet atop Brushy Sky High down to 600 feet at the eastern end of Cache Creek along Route 16. The primitive area offers recreational opportunities that include river running, hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, equestrian use, bird watching, and hiking. More than 154 species of birds have been spotted in the Cache Creek area, including bald eagle during the winter, great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and wild turkeys. Free-roaming tule elk and blacktail deer may be spotted grazing in the open grasslands and on hillsides near brushy cover."

"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."

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Cache Creek Wilderness
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Cache Creek Wilderness
USGS Wilson Valley and Glascock Mtn.
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Aug 2018