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Corlieu Falls and Red Rock Falls via Lewis Creek National Scenic Trail [CLOSED]

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Sierra National Forest

Corlieu Falls and Red Rock Falls via Lewis Creek National Scenic Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 531 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Closed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Note: Per Sierra National Forest, please use the trailhead off of Highway 41 to access the trail. This trailhead contains a large paved parking area. Do not access this trail from the smaller north and south trailheads.

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Kim Alejandrez
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Beautiful scenery! I am out of shape and I was totally able to do this (with some huffing and a few breaks). I saw a few tweens on this trail, but no little guys. The trail to Corileu winds down and then you gotta wind back up. I suggest you arrive early to beat crowds and find parking. The parking area only allows a handful of cars and it fills up quickly leaving many to park on the side of the road on hwy 41. No restrooms, but there is a port-a-potty.

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mari pinedo
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WalkingBugsGreat!

beautiful trail with some heavy foot traffic so dust does pick up, definitely take bug spray n separate water shoes so your hiking boot wont get wet if you're planning on getting to some good spots

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Nicki Willis
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One of my favorite trails! Beautiful, peaceful and low traffic.

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Tanya Candelaria
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PROS: Beautiful scenery, ladybugs, birds and wildlife tracks, mostly shaded, some easy parts and some a little tougher. In all, we loved it. CONS: How many posts have to be written asking for trash to be picked up before people listen? Graffiti is senseless. Nobody cares about your name in the middle of nowhere. It's all just part of the trash left behind.

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Jay McCoy
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Nature tripsGreat!

The surroundings were beautiful. Saw some bear droppings and foot prints. The Red Rock falls are beatifull as always. I am most upset at the amount of trash that people are just leaving on the forest floor. We picked up almost a full bag of trash and packed it out. People, can we please be responsible for our garbage? Pack it in...pack it out!

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Matthew Britanak
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HikingBugsGreat!

Fun hike but there was an absurd amount of gnats on the trail.

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Jennifer Silbermann
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! I spent the afternoon there which was a bit hot at times but not overwhelming. Sure footing is a must as there are many rocks and roots to travers. OH, and 3 points where you need to cross water over log bridges. The first and only major one had 3 options so anyone can find their way across. There were some steep sections, especially coming out of the falls but every step was worth relaxing with your legs in the crisp waterfall pools.

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Charm Xiong
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It was a nice and easy hike. There was a spot where it was perfect for just chilling and dipping in the water. You make a slight left and down some rocks, instead of that sharp right turn going to red rock falls, which we missed at first. I’m sure a lot of people missed it their first time too.

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Hannah Bartlett
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IG: @projecttravelmonkeys BEAUTIFUL more like 5 miles if you add the little extra turn offs that lead to the river when you first start the trail to your right is a great one you can go down to the water with some minor climbing. The trail is perfect even though it is leveled moderate. Each incline has a nice break in between going both ways. People talk about bugs but it is nature. I wouldn't change a thing about this trail besides becoming more fit to enjoy it even more! This is a must.

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Trauma La Mattina
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Andrea J
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I’m new to trails and hikes but found the route to Corlieu very easy. Children found it easy and fun but elderly out there had some trouble as it was an uneven path with lots of rocks buried. Yes, it wasn’t the cleanest path but I did my best to pick some up on my way out as a thanks to the beautiful falls that I got to see! It was great to find a quick path directly next to the waters cascading. I will certainly be back and try red rock falls.

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Gladys Resuello
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The first fall was beautiful. It was a steep climb back up. We didn't get a chance to do the whole hike. I will definitely be back one day.

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Randy X
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Hiking

Good trail lots of cascades. 2 miles in to red rock falls from parking on hey 41.

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Adriana Duarte
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Morgan McRee
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Arrived at 7am. Only 4 cars in the parking area. Took about 10 minutes to get to the first waterfall. Parts of the trail are beautiful! The destinations are the best parts though. Red Rock Falls is gorgeous! The trailhas a lot of ups and downs and is pretty rocky but still a good beginner’s hike. Go early to avoid people and the heat!

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Jaime Rheude
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This is a beautiful quick hike! Waterfalls are very close to the turnout. A bit steep of a treck, but short. You can get really close to the falls. Great pictures! I went at 7:30 am, not crowded at all.

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J Fenwick
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Hiking

Went yesterday- it was hot (over 100degrees) skipped the first fall - way too many people. Red Rock Falls was pretty. Nice trail. Loved the crossing the log w the rope support...reminded me of being a kid.

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Rob Campbell
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TRASH EVERYWHERE. Never coming back. would never swim in the water. toilet paper floating in it. People don't even know how to open a dumpster...trash piled on the sides! stupid and ignorant people. Wish I knew to bring gloves and a trash bag because this trail needs some love

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Rob Campbell
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TRASH EVERYWHERE. Never coming back. would never swim in the water. toilet paper floating in it. People don't even know how to open a dumpster...trash piled on the sides! stupid and ignorant people. Wish I knew to bring gloves and a trash bag because this trail needs some love

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rachael wandstrat
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Fairly easy hike - rocky at some points. I was glad to have had my hiking stick. Very buggy!! But I came out unscathed - just don’t breathe with ur mouth open at times Lol. 2 times I somehow got off the trail so I was glad to have had this app. I only went to the red rocks falls as I wasn’t sure how far the other was and it was approaching dark. Although I loved the trail itself, this would be the only reason I would go back. Way polluted - couldn’t believe how much so :(

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Dan Thomas
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Nice trails. Both waterfalls are beautiful! Make sure to bring enough water on a hot day. Wasn’t very crowded but there were a couple of insta people doing tic tac or whatever and it took a bit to get photos of Red Rock falls. Over all love the spot.

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Amber Lindholm
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This is an easy to moderate short trail, great for families as long as you watch your footing. I was the first one on the trail with my dog at day break and it was very scenic and peaceful. Unfortunately humans have left a BIG foot print at Red Rock Falls, trash, bottles, graffiti, masks.. you name it; that was disappointing to see. The mosquitoes became crazed when the sun came out on our way back to the car, I had sprayed myself with 100% Deet and they didn't notice, there were all over my dog and her ears/face it was HORRIBLE. I can tell if you get there even a bit late the trail would be swamped with people, I had run into about 20 people on my way out while they were coming in, all very polite. There are two portapotties at the trail head and OMG they looked like that hadn't been serviced in a long time, the trash cans were over flowing. I just held it until I got home. I'd still recommend people checking it out, it's pretty, but it's not a place I'd come back to a second time.

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Joel Ybarra
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Gary Gisel
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It's a nice hike, not difficult but some up and down. Pretty views of the creek along the way. The falls were VERY busy, given COVID we didn't do more than take a look and nope out. If the COIVD Bear is around can we ask that s/he have a heart to heart with the many people who think it's ok to hike with a loud speaker playing loud music? Because I may like that song, but headphones exist for a reason. Also... not enough people wearing masks, probably 10% overall.

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Conor Martin
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Very fun, scenic trail albeit very crowded

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Jennifer Houseman
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WAY TOO CROWDED

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Natalie Sorensen
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The Corlieu falls was prettier than Red Rock falls and had a nice deck to take pictures. Red Rock falls was easy and a longer walk/hike with lots of shade and had more swimming areas. Overall a great hike, but be sure to look at the map before starting! It can be confusing since there aren't really any markers or signs.

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Nicole Amaral
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Go early . Lots of people but beautiful

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