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Cache Creek Ridge
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CHALLENGING DAY HIKE


12.5 miles  1,400' elevation gain

best season: 
Nov-May
but not if snow below:
2,500'
 


1:40 drive

dogs welcome


This hike is in the Cache Creek Natural Area, and follows the ridgeline border of the Cache Creek Wilderness (established 2006).

 

There is a crossing of Bear Creek.  The flow ranges from easy to impassable.  The Bear Creek Flow Gauge gives current flow readings.

5 CFS is skip across
15 CFS is may get feet wet
40 CFS is wade across, you might find a spot only 1.5 feet deep
80+ CFS is dangerous for most everybody

 

[on Jan 4, 2008 the flow went from 4 CFS at 12:45 AM to 2,970 CFS at 2:30PM.  That's 740 times as much!] [Also from 737 CFS to 2580 CFS in half an hour around 1:30 PM]

This is former ranch country, and there are multiple old 4WD routes.  Recommended to bring gps, if not well-skilled in following topography.

 


Trail has serious clay mud when wet; let dry for 10 or more days after rain before doing this hike.

If weather is warm it will dry sooner.


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