News on some upcoming springtime hikes that
should be colorful outings. Here’s the scoop from the hike organizers:
“The Bureau of Land Management will host free guided hikes to look for wildflowers in the Cache Creek Natural Area in Lake County on Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 and May 7.
For more information, or to reserve space, call the BLM Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000. Early reservations are suggested for the popular hikes, which are limited to 25 participants each.
Participants will meet at the Redbud Trailhead parking area, eight miles east of Clearlake Oaks on Highway 20 at 10 a.m. The trailhead is just west of the North Fork Cache Creek Bridge (38˚ 59′ 13.20″ N, 122˚ 32′ 22.50″W).
The wildflower hike is a four-mile hike that lasts three to four hours. The trail includes a steep 600-ft. climb in the first mile, so hikers should be in good physical condition. Hikers should wear sturdy hiking boots, suitable for wet conditions and dress for cold weather. Hikers should bring water and a lunch. Hikes will be cancelled in rainy weather.
Hikers will be supplied with a wildflower checklist for area. Hikers will enjoy scenic vistas of Cache Creek Canyon and the Cache Creek Wilderness Area. In addition, participants often spot wildlife species including tule elk, bald eagles, other raptors and songbirds.
The Red Bud Trail is open to hikers, hunters and wildlife and wildflower enthusiasts year round. Restrooms and an informational kiosk are available at the trailhead. Horse trailer parking is also available for equestrian riders. No potable water is available at the site.”