Packrafting the Cache Creek Wilderness

Cache Creek alongside Hwy 16 is well known destination for summer recreation. But upstream the road leaves the river, and beyond that is the Cache Creek wilderness, a little known and stunningly beautiful watershed.

Using the latest toy in my arsenal, the packraft – A lightweight and durable inflatable boat made by Alpacka, we hiked in and floated out of this region. A great weekend getaway from the Bay Area.


  1. Jerry on February 21, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Hey James, would you mind providing a little more detail about your trip? I found your put-in but it looks like maybe you took out near where Cache Creek met up again with 16, in the Cache Creek Regional Park area? How did you shuttle back to your vehicles– just multiple cars?


  2. Aaron Stephens on November 2, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Hey James,

    I’ve backpacked into Wilson Valley on several occasions, including once on the Judge Davis Trail. I usually take the Redbud Trail. My questions is, where did you take out on your packrafting trip? Prior to your video my buddy and I had actually considered a packrafting trip on Cache Creek where we would take out at Baton Flats or Wilson Valley. But your trip looked pretty great. So it would be fun to mirror it.



    • James Dilworth on November 5, 2019 at 11:09 am

      It’s been a while, but I’m pretty sure we just took out at the campground after the river meets the road again. Cache Creek Regional Park. You could if you want continue down to Rumsey… that’s a fun stretch too.

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