Redbud Trail

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Trail Distance: 7.2 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr+
Elevation Gain: 1026 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

When you set foot on to the Redbud Trail in California, you'll step into a beautiful region with wildflowers, different types of woods and vegetations, and photogenic scenery of the mountains. The trail itself is a rugged rural one, marked well with a compacted soil and gravel terrain that travels up and down. 

The trail starts at the Redbud Trailhead off a small, paved parking area along route 20 right next to Middle Creek where it splits off from Cache Creek. The area is backed by agricultural fields to the north and a more rural forest landscape to the south. Pups and humans can enjoy the trail amenities available, like restrooms, water fountains, picnic tables, and trash bins. Your pup will be able to follow you on or off leash, and once you get started, you'll be bombarded with gorgeous views.

Starting off on a mild grade increase, the trail follows along Cache Creek. At first, the area is surrounded by vast fields with trails that lead down to the shaded creek for swimming and fishing. You and Fido can enjoy plenty of amenities, like overnight camping and wildlife viewing, and may come across horseback riders, snowshoers in the winter, and bird watchers.

The trail makes a small crawl up to the Baton Flat ridge, where you can see the unrestrained view of Brushy Sky High and Wilson Valley. The trail continues after this point and crosses the creek, bringing you and Fido to the natural habitat of Tule Elk. Heading back you'll have a second chance to see much more, from beavers, groundhogs, birds, snakes, and turtles, to the natural vegetation that grows here, such as Valley oak, box elder, sandbar willow, California wild rose, and cottonwood.

The chance to see something new and exciting is endless, and even though you won't be able to see it all in one go, the easy hike is perfect for another lovely walk through the mountains.

Trail Features
Ice, Loose Terrain, Muddy, Beach, Forest, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Mountains, Grassland
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations
The area is a habitat for black bears, so look out for them coming onto the trail. The 2015 wildfires left a lot of the trail bare and open to the sun, allowing it to get very hot. Plan accordingly.
Address
Redbud Trailhead, 20001-, 20011 State Hwy 20
Clearlake Oaks, CA 95423
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Address
Redbud Trailhead, 20001-, 20011 State 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