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Colony Mill Trail is a 18.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 18.1 mi Elevation gain 4,671 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

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No dogs

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Off North Fork road. Started at Sequoia Gate, but should start earlier at Y as road poor beyond Y. Easy grade as it was a road into the park late 1890's. Needs some trail maintenance. Becomes "Upper Colony Mill" as you approach the Crystal Cave road. Trail weaves around ridge after ridge. Good view of how far you actually walked!

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Steve Kindschuh
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This trail is not maintained. It is the original road into SNP. I hiked this 3 times in March/April of 2020. Due to poison oak and ticks it is best to do this in colder weather. Do not wear shorts. It is an old road that was built by the Kaweah Colony in the late 1800’s, that was intended to become a rail route: this means the “path” is wide and at a 6% grade at the most. So - a moderate hike. But - 1/3 of this trail is very overgrown making it more difficult. The scenery is not great, but so what. It is a good hike with some history. Very few hikers on this. The road to get here is North Fork Dr and is rugged and one lane in many spots, with steep drop offs. Where the County Maintained road ends at the “y” take the road to the right (east side). If you don’t have a high clearance vehicle, best to park and hike up the dirt/rocky road to the gated entrance. Limited parking at the gate. (There is a spot to turn around down the hill past the gate to the north.)

Carson Gordon
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The trail seems to have taken a beating from rain storms. large section has a landslide (picture added) and heavy overgrowth and down trees. Also a lot of bugs this time of year. Recommend for very experienced hikers. Was beyond my skill set and was doing it solo, turned around for safety.

Jon Kochavi
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Mike East
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