High Bridge Hill


7.4 miles  1,100' elevation gain

best season: 
but not if snow below:

1:30 drive

dogs welcome

This is a hike in the Cache Creek Natural Area.  It starts with a ford of Bear Creek*, and then climbs through Blue Oak woodland to grassy knolls atop the ridge.  The soil is high in clay, and may be muddy when wet.  Wide-ranging views in all directions.

Some flowers in March and early April.  Look for blue dicks, fillaree, buttercups, lupine, popcornflower, fiddleneck, redbud, and buckbrush.

Trail has clay mud when wet; let dry for 5 or more days after rain before doing this hike.

*There is a crossing of Bear Creek.  The flow ranges from easy to impassable.  The Bear Creek Flow Gauge gives current flow readings.  (Scroll down past RIV STG FEET)(CFS = cubic feet per second)

5 CFS is skip across
15 CFS is may get feet wet
40 CFS is wade across, you might find a spot only 1.5 feet deep
80+ CFS is dangerous for most everybody

If the creek is high, the ford can be bypassed by a short cross-country walk from the highway bridge (see the hike map).

This hike is in Cache Creek Natural Area; owned by the public, managed by Ukiah Field Office of Bureau of Land Management. Backpacking welcomed.

 Calif. Campfire Permit required for backpacking stoves and campfires.  Ukiah Bureau of Land Management campfire restrictions here.

current weather forecast

Street View of trailhead

Maps (revised 2022)

Avenza version

Adobe PDF version

KML track of hike