MODERATE DAY HIKE
7.4 miles 1,100' elevation gain
This is a hike in the Cache Creek Natural Area. It starts with a ford of Bear Creek*, and then climbs through Blue Oak woodland to grassy knolls atop the ridge. The soil is high in clay, and may be muddy when wet. Wide-ranging views in all directions.
Some flowers in March and early April. Look for blue dicks, fillaree, buttercups, lupine, popcornflower, fiddleneck, redbud, and buckbrush.
Trail has clay mud when wet; let dry for 5 or more days after rain before doing this hike.
*There is a crossing of Bear Creek. The flow ranges from easy to impassable. The Bear Creek Flow Gauge gives current flow readings. (Scroll down past RIV STG FEET)(CFS = cubic feet per second)
If the creek is high, the ford can be bypassed by a short cross-country walk from the highway bridge (see the hike map).