The Redbud Trail hike was listed in the November 2010 issue of Backerpacker Magazine as a great hike out of Sacramento. Local hiking clubs were asked for their hiking recommendations and Alan from the Sacramento Hiking Meetup offered up this trail along Cache Creek Canyon. Alan led the Meetup hike I attended on January 28, 2012.
|A view of erosion that looked like the product of strip mining.|
|A migrating immature Bald Eagle in the distance.|
|Approaching Cache Creek on the return.|
The drive is pretty straightforward from Sacramento. Take I-5 North to Highway 20. When you get to Williams, turn left on Highway 20. After 31 miles, you will pass over a bridge and immediately see a sign on the left that reads Cache Creek Management Area.
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|Crossing in the spring can raise the creek 5 feet higher.|
There are multiple paths after crossing the creek. This is where our experienced guide was useful. The map didn't seem to show these multiple branches and there was no clear trail markings.