Cache Creek Ford


13.2 miles  1,800' elevation gain

best season: 
Nov-mid May
(creek most likely to be low enough Oct-Nov)
but not if snow below:

1:55 drive

dogs welcome

This hike traverses the lower elevation portion of the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument., and makes two fords of Cache Creek.  For more than half the year, Cache Creek is not fordable by the casual hiker.  Carefully read the discussion on fording Cache Creek, below.

Flowers peak in late April-early May.

The grass becomes prickly mid May 

Trail has clay mud when wet; let dry for 3 or more days after rain before doing this hike.

The trails are not continuous on either side of Wilson Valley, so smartphone with the Avenza app is recommended if not proficient with topographic maps.

The area is hot May-October.  The long walks along brushy ridges interspersed with grassy oak woodlands can be lovely in pleasant weather. 

we bring water shoes and a wading staff or trekking poles

we do not go if the dam releases are over 100 CFS

we do not go if the flow at
Rumsey is expected to be over 200 CFS

ford photo Dec 29, 2016

ford photo Jan 10, 2016

Use your own judgment.  Be safe.  Don't hesitate to return the way you came if conditions are dangerous.

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