Indian Creek Loop is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Castella, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Groveland: Take Ferretti Road off of Highway 120, then turn left at Clements Road (past Pine Mountain Lake Stables). Where road narrows, turn right through gate and follow signs to the trailhead parking lot. Access through private property.
This was a perfect short loop. I went around noon and it was shady most of the way and mostly pretty flat. You will see the sign for it (and some other harder trails) near the ranger station. The last cross over the creek is over some rocks but if you get wet you're almost back to the parking lot anyway!
I started this hike too late in the day and was only able to go as far as the springs as it was getting dark. The spring was still flowing even in this drought stricken year. From the spring there is a great view up to the crags. The hike is straight up with a thousand foot elevation gain in just under 2 miles. A good work out. This trail crosses the Pacific Crest Trail early on.