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Cache Creek Wilderness

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A peaceful scene of a grassy grove of trees, covered in mottled shadow and warm sunlight.
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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Cache Creek Wilderness (map) in 2006 and it now has a total of 27,296 acres. All of this wilderness is located in California and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

The Cache Creek Wilderness is centered on a 17-mile stretch of Cache Creek flowing from Clear Lake in eastern Lake County. The prominent feature within the wilderness is Cache Creek, which runs east towards the Capay Valley and the Sacramento River while forming a steep-sided canyon through most of the area. The steep canyon walls occasionally open to broad, grassy meadows with scattered valley oaks, such as Baton Flat, Wilson Valley, and Kennedy Flats. Numerous steep tributaries also feed into Cache Creek within the wilderness including Dry Creek, Rocky Creek, Trout Creek, and Crack Canyon. Outside the river canyon, the majority of the wilderness is dominated by rugged chaparral-covered hills. Elevations within the wilderness area range from 750 feet on Cache Creek at the eastern boundary to 3,196 feet at Brush Sky High.

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Leave No Trace

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 in the Cache Creek Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.