Cache Creek - Capay Valley

Guinda, California

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Seldom paddled, the stream meanders among bushy gravel bars and orchards. Released from the confines of Rumsey Canyon, Cache Creek meanders along the steep hills bordering the east side of Capay Valley. Rich in almond and walnut orchards, their blossoms make the valley beautiful in the late winter and early spring. The stream banks support a variety of orchards, tamarisk islands, pampas grass, bamboo, and the usual cottonwoods, willows, and oaks. Great blue heron, egrets, osprey, and other large birds are commonly visible near the water, while turkey vultures soar overhead. The gravel bars are wider here but the land is private, so no camping is allowed. The stream intersperses a mixture of Class I riffles, bushy islands, and cut banks between the quiet pools and runs. You can easily see the most difficult whitewater rapid immediately upstream of the take-out at Guinda.

Cache Creek - Capay Valley Professional Review and Guide

"Seldom paddled, the stream meanders among bushy gravel bars and orchards. Released from the confines of Rumsey Canyon, Cache Creek meanders along the steep hills bordering the east side of Capay Valley. Rich in almond and walnut orchards, their blossoms make the valley beautiful in the late winter and early spring. The stream banks support a variety of orchards, tamarisk islands, pampas grass, bamboo, and the usual cottonwoods, willows, and oaks. Great blue heron, egrets, osprey, and other large birds are commonly visible near the water, while turkey vultures soar overhead. The gravel bars are wider here but the land is private, so no camping is allowed. The stream intersperses a mixture of Class I riffles, bushy islands, and cut banks between the quiet pools and runs. You can easily see the most difficult whitewater rapid immediately upstream of the take-out at Guinda."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Guinda
Distance: 7
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Class: Class I-II
Season: Best spring, summer, and winter
Local Maps: USGS Rumsey, Guinda
Driving Directions: Directions to Cache Creek - Capay Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

8/17/2012
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WARNING. HAZARD!!!! About 250 yds. or so before the Guinda Bridge (which you cannot see at this point, so you don't know where you are), there is a wall of plants/bushes/trees across the river. Fast moving water prevented me from seeing any obvious place to go through (I don't think there IS any spot). I went through one small spot at the last minute, but not fast enough to turn completely forward and my kayak was briefly stuck and swamped and I was out of the boat. While I managed to get myself and the kayak downstream (still fast water) and off to the side (steep shoreline, no place to stand) and dumped, it was a real struggle and no fun. If anyone knows who to inform about this danger, please do so. The plants need to be pulled out or something. It is a huge hazard. Other than that, it was a really enjoyable trip - very quiet. Saw 2 wild boars, 3 deer, a blue heron, a few egrets and many other birds along the way. Loved that it was mostly #1 rapids the entire way. There were also several spots that would be good for a lunch break, etc. Took me 2 hours with not much effort involved (and about 15-20 minutes worth of self-rescue!). I'd rate it a 4 if it weren't for the hazard.



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