OverviewCache Creek Wilderness. It is bordered by Buckeye Canyon and Phipps Creek to the west and north and Perkins Creek to the east about 3 miles northeast of the town of Clearlake Highlands. Bally Peak is easily accessible from Hwy. 20. There is an old seldom used trail to the peak. The round trip hike can be done in a few hours. The summit area is loosely forested with oaks and brush. The views include Mt. St. Helena and the Palisades to the south, Mt. Konocti above Clear Lake to the west. To the northwest are the peaks and ridges of the Mendocino National Forest. The eastern view is topped out with the Cortina Ridge and to the southeast Brushy Sky High dominates the horizon.
From the junction of Hwy 53 and Hwy 20 on the east side of Clear Lake take Hwy. 20 east 4.9 miles to the trailhead. There is a blue callbox sign on the left hand side of the road about a hundred yards before the trailhead which is on the right side of the road with some trees right before it. Park on the road side.
If you are coming from Interstate 5 take Hwy 20 just north of Williams. Go 32 miles to the trailhead on the left .6 miles past the sign to the Cache Creek Redbud Trail on the left.
The hike is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with a 1,300' gain.
For more info check out Bob Burd's trip report.
Red Tapeclick here.
When to Climb
CampingClick here for the Cache Creek Wilderness Regional Campground.
Click here for some backpacking suggestions.