Blue Ridge Trail North is the northern half of a trail in Yolo County's Cache Creek Regional Park. This hike is a staple of the Lower Park area, and a great hike for someone looking to get more serious about the sport. While the length and the elevation gain can make this hike challenging, the way the trail is set up makes it more accessible than other hikes with similar stats. Of course, keeping your dog by your side will keep your spirits up!
Parking for the hike can be found in the Cache Creek Regional Park's lot. This is also where you can access restrooms on the trail. You won't see others until you return here! There is also a day use fee of $5. From the parking lot, walk down Rayhouse Road until you cross a bridge. The trailhead for Blue Ridge Trail North is on the other side. Your journey has begun!
As you climb out of the trees and onto the open hillside, keep your eyes peeled for animals! The woods are alive with small mammals. Your dog may be tempted to take off into the trees to meet new friends, so keeping them on leash in the park is your best bet. You also don't know who you're going to share the trail with; mountain bikers and equestrians are also allowed to use this road!
The trail is made of hard packed dirt and climbs steadily. It's broad enough that it's always easy to follow. Thanks to the numerous switchbacks, most areas of the hike actually aren't that steep. This will make your journey take a little longer as you wind your way around, but leads to more beautiful views and a much gentler hike!
Blue Ridge Trail North is an eight mile hike through furrific Cache Creek Regional Park that your pup will love!