Magazine article Sunset

Down Cache Creek for the Bald Eagles and Tule Elk; near Clear Lake, 7-Mile Trail to See Protected Wildlife

Magazine article Sunset

Down Cache Creek for the Bald Eagles and Tule Elk; near Clear Lake, 7-Mile Trail to See Protected Wildlife

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Down Cache Creek for the bald eagles and tule elk The remote headwaters of Cache Creek rank second in California as habitat for two impressive wildlife species. More than 50 bald eagles usually find their way each winter to the creek's banks; only the Klamath Basin hosts more of these magnificent raptors. And the 400-strong Cache Creek tule elk herd is surpassed in size only by one herd in Owens Valley.

To protect this vital habitat, designated an area of critical environmental concern by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), motorized vehicles were barred from the area in 1987. However, wildlife viewers and photographers willing to muscle their way up some steep stretches can gain access to the creek's rugged canyon on a 7-mile trail recently constructed by the BLM and the California Department of Fish and Game.

Bald eagles should be at peak numbers this month; some usually linger along Cache Creek into April. Winter's cooler temperatures also bring out many of the area's year-round wild residents, who stay hidden in the shade during scorching summer days.

Besides tule elk, you might spot blacktail deer, wild turkeys, ospreys, or mergansers--maybe even a black bear or a mountain lion.

The trail is about 2-1/2 hours north of the Bay Area via I-80, I-505, I-5, and State Highway 20. From Sacramento, it's about 1-1/2 hours northwest via I-5 and State Highway 20. …

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