Tell your pup they are going for a hike in Cache Creek Wilderness Area and you’ll probably get a wet sloppy kiss of excitement. This massive area is primitive and is closed to motorized vehicles, so your pal can really let go of their every day cares and commune with nature.
Since the purpose of this area is to improve and protect
unique habitat, there are no developed campgrounds or facilities. Instead, it’s
just you, your furry friend, and nature. Cache Creek flows through the large
expanse of rolling hills, grasslands, and oak forests, and there are several
trails in the area. One of the most pupular is the Judge Davis Trail. From the
trailhead, be sure to follow the trail to the right. It climbs up to an old
fire road, then heads over to Cache Creek. Your doggo will love the open
landscape and views of Wilson Valley, as well as the woody oak groves.
Redbud Trail is another favorite. The trail leads you to
the top of a ridge. Don’t worry, it’s not too strenuous. Once at the summit,
Brushy Sky High Mountain comes into sight. As you hike along the ridge, enjoy
furrific views and a beautiful combination of wildflowers, trees, and shrubs. From
here, you can continue on to Baton Flat and then across Cache Creek into Wilson
Valley. Please be aware that the creek
is impassable during high water season, so plan your adventure accordingly.
Restrooms are available at the trailheads. Be sure you
carry enough water for both you and your four legged hiking companion, and a
couple trail snacks wouldn’t hurt. While there is shade on the trails, it can
get hot during the summer. Equestrians use these trails, so make sure your pup
minds their manners when passing horses. Above all, have a puptacular time with
your favorite furry friend!
This area is home to black bears. While hiking, make lots of noise so you don't surprise the large critters.