Lower Deer Creek Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mineral, CA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
actually Kelly, the directions are correct. the dirt road (transfer) takes you down to below the falls about four miles. which in turn makes for in my opinion a moderate hike. you also can pick this trail up down in the ishi wilderness area. the way you must of went in is the short cut. as for the falls? you must of visited before the salmon were running up. which... I'd recommend a return if you truly want to see what its all about. good luck!
This was a fun hike, not to hard but not to easy either. completed with a friend, loved the salmon ladder, water was cold! I think it is a better hike/falls than the credit it's given. be sure to walk out on the big rock above the falls, the view is worth it and hit upper deer creek non the way out. short jaunt from the road and pretty.
Vastly overrated and disappointing.
First of all, the directions given on this site are wrong and misleading. We ended up getting lost and waisting a lot of time trying to find the trailhead. The trailhead is actually right off of highway 32 near the bridge. The site says to turn on a dirt road and follow it for a while... The hike is pretty short and the "waterfall" is not really a waterfall, just water falling about 10 feet. It's a nice hike to take to get a break from driving but not something to fill your day with.