Mill Creek Trail is a 17.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Berry Creek, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Quincy: Travel west on Primary Forest Route #414 for approximately 10 miles. The campground will be on the left. The trailhead is located approximately 0.5 miles west of Whitehorse Campground on the Bucks Lake Road.
What a beautiful trail which follows along the shore line most of the way. Right hand creek crossing is good for hikers to cross but not for horseback riders. If Im riding i drop back down the trail and use the lower crossing in the creek where the rocks are smaller with a gravel base. This section needs to have some branches cut back but you can cross here safely with horses. Note: if the lake is full it will make it harder to see or to cross this section until later in the summer. However if you do cross you will come out just a few yards from Right Hand Creek trail that leads to Bucks Summit. If you continue along the lake it will take you to Mill Creek where again you will have a creek crossing, follow the trail on the other side to mill Creek campground or turn right uphill continuing your trip on the mill creek trail to the PCT / Tree Lakes. Beautiful country with few people on the trail.
Be very careful and make sure you are packed for a day. We intended on the 5 mile trail and when we came to the first creek and crossed there were signs pointing to different trails and the distance. We took the sign that indicated us continuing on the Mill Creek Trail for about another 2 miles or so. We ended up on a heavy switch back trail for several miles. It was a little nerve wracking. Anyhow, we ended up trailing all the way up the summit and down into Silver Lake. This would have been an amazing experience if we planned for it right. An employee at Bucks Lake is confident the sign we followed is wrong. Scary.