Cache Creek is wildly popular with locals for its proximity to downtown (2 miles from Town Square), its scenery, and its dog friendliness. It’s also wildly unpopular for its popularity. The first mile up the double-track road from the trailhead parking lot can be a madhouse. But it’s worth persevering.
In the winter, a cross country skating track is groomed several times a week, as is a lane for classic skiing. Both extend about five miles up from the parking lot.
You’ll find classic skiers, Nordic skiers, snowshoers, fat bikers, trail runners, and plain old hikers all winter long. Over the five miles of groomed terrain, you climb about 1,200 feet, which means that it’s a 1,200 foot descent on the way back to the car. There are several tricky hills, which makes it more difficult for skate skiers, but it’s still suitable for even beginner cross-country skiers. Since this is an out-and-back, it can be as long or as short as you want. The farther you go up the canyon, the more challenging the terrain becomes.
There are also single track trails on either side of the canyon and the main abandoned double track road.