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Cache Creek Wilderness Run - Kayak trip
This is known as the Wilderness Run. It is called this because unlike lower sections of Cache Creek, this section is completely roadless, and is uninhabited. Be aware that once you go in, you have to go all the way to the Bear Creek confluence before you see civilization again. For most of us, this is the appeal of the float. You will see gorgeous scenery, maybe spot a few bald eagles, see some bear tracks on sandbars, waterfalls, and some fun rapids. If you are watchful, you can find some good spots to pick blackberries along the way.
How to Get There:
Map of the Wilderness Run on Cache Creek
Available here is a map of the Wilderness Run on Cache Creek. The map shows the location of rapids that are significant or that typically cause problems for beginning paddlers. A brief description for each rapid includes a suggested best route through the drop.
Note: there are many rapids on the Wilderness Run that are not marked on the map.
The map and descriptions are in two formats.
Map and Description Format
The first format has the entire map on one page and the descriptions on another page. The two pages can be placed back to back inside a waterproof bag (such as a large Ziploc) to carry on deck while paddling. These are available at:
The map should be printed in Landscape mode and shrunk to fit on one page.
Split Map Format
The second format splits the map into two sections with the associated descriptions on the same page. This format works well for an overnight with camping at the Campsite Rapid. These two maps are at:
For both maps, select Portrait for the paper orientation. And also Shrink to Fit or something similar to make the map fit on one page.
The waypoints for the drops on the map are available in a GPX file.
Futher information about the Wilderness Run is available online at American Whitewater.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
|Map (.pdf file)||GPS track (.gpx format)|