Indian Pools Trail

EASY 37 reviews
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Indian Pools Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Creek, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A nice walk along a river with nice views and places to enjoy nature. Water was too cold to swim in at the end of June.

hiking
23 days ago

This trail is really nice. Right along the creek the whole way. We will be back again to do this one. Ideal family trail for all ages. Saw no Poison Oak around at all. Great views of creek pools and lots of granite. Head into China Peak and drive past the employee housing (mobile homes) keep driving to the back of parking lot. Trail head was not marked but you can see the trail if you look around, literally in the very back of the parking area.

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23 days ago

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1 month ago

We used the directions from alltrails to get to the trailhead. It actually led us to a parking lot that was not the trailhead. we crossed the highway over to the China Peak ski resort and asked the locals how to find the trailhead. come to find out we could have driven all the way up to the trailhead instead of walking to it. Probably only added about three-quarters of a mile each way to the hike but it was through the ski resort and parking lot and was not easy to find unless we asked, which we did several times when we saw people. once we did find the trailhead the trail was very obvious and easy to follow. we had kids with us aged 7 11 and 13. as well as our two dogs. we took the trail to where it ended on the map and hung out at the pools for about an hour. they are very cold! Then we went back the way we came and walked back to the parking lot on the other side of the highway. my recommendation is to turn into the China Peak resort and go all the way to the back to find the parking lot to the trailhead for Indian pools. all in all we very much enjoyed the hike there were many rocks to climb on and logs to walk across at the pools.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a quick easy hike. Stay near the creek when the trail is hard find.

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful Hike.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

It is a beautiful walk along the river. But there is no posted trail head. I think there was once a sign but now just a post in the ground.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiking for the first time with 2 kids, 3 and 6, everyone made it to the waterfall at the top in 2 hours (and 2 hours back). Really enjoyed the scenery, got lost at times, but thanks to the rocks on the trail we were able to find the right way. As everyone says, follow the rocks and it will be alright. Head of the trail was easy to find even though there is no sign, just make sure you pass the gate, little restaurant, parking lot with mobile homes on your right and all the way to the end of dirt parking lot, the trail head will be there. Trail is extremely clean, no water bottles laying around and no garbage, beautiful. Take your swim wear with you if you don't mind cold water pools, we all swim there. Really like it!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Hiked to some fabulous waterfalls past the pools! It was a 6mile hike round trip. Follow the ducks aka stacks of rocks. The water is rolling strong down the mountain. Be careful of the strong current if you get in the water. It was gorgeous, tons of wildflowers and a great meadow mule ears.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

was not able to hike due to the river being so high last weekend but it sure was beautiful and a fun place to wonder around on the rocks. nice and cool.

4 months ago

Water levels are high, so the pools are not visible right now. Difficult to follow the trail as lots of trees have fallen and covered it up. Fun area to wander around in and watch the raging river. Not recommended if you need a trail to hike.

4 months ago

Great, easy trail for kids and dogs. River was raging and beautiful! Some rocky areas that. Pups be hard for elderly or dogs, but manageable. Trail head not marked. Definitely recommend!

4 months ago

A river (rapids) runs through it! No Indian Pools to be found, but gorgeous! Trail head is not marked. It is all the way back at the end of a gravel parking lot at China Peak. I used the GPS on the AllTrails app to find it. You will start about half way along the line marked. There were a few patches of snow in the shade. Trail was dry. You have to scramble over rocks in a couple places, but otherwise an easy hike.

4 months ago

4 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Very easy. Walking on flat land most of the time. A couple inclines but not steep to where it's difficult. The only hard part is that it does get confusing because the trail sorta disappears. What helped was the stone placements. Just follow where the stones are stacked up and you'll be fine. If you pay attention, you'll know what I'm talking about. If anything, just follow the river if you get lost.