Cache Creek Wilderness
The Cache Creek Wilderness now contains a total of 27,294 acres and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. All of the Wilderness is in the state of California. In 2006 the Cache Creek Wilderness became part of the now over 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. In an age of "...increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization,..." you play an important role in helping to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by Congress in the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the regulations in place for this area, and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting to ensure protection of its unique natural and experiential qualities.
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply.
Leave No Trace principles:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport are generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles (including OHVs), motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area.
The Cache Creek Wilderness Area is located east of Clear Lake in eastern Lake County.
Trailheads are located at the Redbud Trailhead (5 miles east of the 20/53 intersection on Hwy. 20, or 13 miles west of the 20/16 intersection on Hwy. 20); the Judge Davis Trailhead (14 miles east of the 20/53 intersection on Hwy. 20, or 4 miles west of the 20/16 intersection on Hwy. 20; Cowboy Camp (1 mile south of the 16/20 intersection on Hwy. 16; High Bridge (4 miles south of the 16/20 intersection on Hwy. 16. Just east of the wilderness boundary, vehicle access (4WD recommended) is available to Buck Island (9 miles south of the 16/20 intersection, or 5 miles west of Rumsey on Hwy. 16, then turn south on Yolo County Road 40 crossing Cache Creek and continuing 5 miles to the turnoff to Buck Island/Langs Peak, then follow the road for 5 miles down to Buck Island.