Cache Creek Wilderness
* 1 to 4 days
This secluded, hilly expanse of oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral is a combination of over 70,000 acres of BLM managed lands and 4,700 acres of State and County lands. The Natural Area is traversed by Cache Creek, with its year-round water flow. Elevation ranges from 3200 feet atop Brushy Sky High, down to 600 feet in the eastern end of Cache Creek along State Route 16. Showcasing the area is about 35 miles of the main fork of Cache Creek and 2.5 miles of the north fork. Also present are several tributary creeks that contain permanent water.Along the creek, wetland grasses, rushes and sedges grow under a canopy of cottonwoods, willows, oaks and alders providing excellent wildlife habitat. About half the Cache Creek area is shrubland, with vegetation including mixed chaparral, serpentine chaparral and chamise chaparral. The remainder of the area is about equally divided between native oaks and grassland. Numerous bird species have been spotted here.The Cache Creek Natural Area is a primitive area, closed to motorized vehicles. There are no developed campgrounds or facilities. Non-hunting (target) shooting is not allowed. Instead, the area is managed to improve habitat for wildlife and rare plants, to protect cultural resource values, and to offer primitive recreation opportunities, including wildlife viewing, river running, hiking, equestrian use, hunting and fishing.
Glen Eden Trail
Pope to Putah Trail
Adventures in the Sierras and Beyond
*However long you want!
North Cow Mountain covers about 52,000 acres. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine, and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Lake County, perennial streams and reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species.North Cow Mountain is managed primarily for non-motorized activities, such as hunting, hiking, camping, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Facilities include the developed Mayacmas campground (9 tent camping sites), trailheads for the Valley View, Mayacmas, and Glen Eden trails, overlooks, and a popular 400 yard rifle range (unsupervised). There is no potable water.The Goat Rock Campground offers 2 backcountry sites along the Glen Eden Trail. This campground lies close to a perennial stream within an oak woodland. The Glen Eden Trail which extends from Scotts Valley Road to Mayacmas Campground (10.5 miles). This primitive camp offers fire grates/barbecues, picnic tables, and stream water for animals.
The Palisades trail is one of the best hikes in California’s Wine Country. Combining epic vistas, awesome and unusual rock formations, solitude, and a surprisingly wild setting, it is a route that offers the kind of spectacular scenic payoffs one would expect in more mountainous and wild terrain. So remote is this trail that it can only be accessed by two other routes: the Table Rock Trail or Oat Hill Mine Road. The best way to travel the Palisades trail is combining all three routes.
This is an amazing trail that I'm proud to say I am helping to build. When completed, which should be soon, it will go from Pope Creek, in Napa County to Putah Creek which is a beautiful, swimmable creek that feeds into Lake Berryessa. It is a day hike to Putah Creek where we can swim and camp before returning the next day.
I will travel to almost any trailhead you'd like in Northern or Central California as long as gas is covered!