Judge Davis

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Trail Distance: 10 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 20 min
Elevation Gain: 2400 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

If you and your fur buddy enjoy wilderness hiking, you'll both love the Judge Davis Trail near Clearlake Oaks in California. It's quite a testing hike which will take you up hills and down valleys until you reach the end of the track in Cache Creek. The trailhead is located around seventeen miles east of Clearlake Oaks just off Highway 20. There's a free parking lot there as well as restrooms.

You'll need to do some preparation before heading out on this hike. There is no drinking water available once you're on the trail, and it's a ten-mile trek. Pack up your backpack with lots of water for you and your pup as the trail is very exposed. Take food too as you'll need to restore your energy levels along the route. Your fur buddy needs to stay on their leash as you may encounter horse riders or mountain bikers on the trail, and you could even run into the odd elk or two. If you do run into elk, remember they are a protected species in California and should be left undisturbed. Don't let your fur baby bother them.

The Judge Davis trail is a very scenic one. You and your hiking fur buddy will be trekking along a high ridge before the trail winds down lower at the creek. You'll have some pup-tastic views of the forested valleys below. Yes, on this hike, you'll be looking down on the spread of the tree canopy and out across to the distant mountains. The less strenuous parts of the hike take you through hilly grasslands which are full of flowers in the springtime.

Once you and your pup reach the Cache Creek end of the trail, you'll be ready for a rest. Right by the creek is the perfect place to stop and relax for a while. There's some level, grass-covered ground, a couple of trees for shade and the water running by. Just pawsome!

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Diverse Landscape, River
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail is quite isolated and graded difficult in places. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
Address
Hwy 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
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Address
Hwy 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset