Lower Deer Creek Falls Trail

EASY 16 reviews
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Lower Deer Creek Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mineral, California 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.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
295 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
9 days ago

the trail was really beautiful. Just like the other reviews, youll see the yellow and brown trail marker across the road from the parking area, close to the bridge. the trail is sketchy in some areas as there was loose gravel and rock, but an overall beautiful hike near the creek. There is a lot to see going along. I was a little disappointed at the end at the falls, there is a fish ladder to gelp the salmon up the stream. A bit of an eye sore, but the falls were beautiful. No real trail marker at the end of the hike except a bench.

17 days ago

Beautiful and well-maintained right now. Took 4 humans and 5 dogs. Had a blast. Bring a picnic.

2 months ago

Nice fall hike.

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6 months ago

Great trail! Will definitely bring the family back for some hiking and swimming later in the summer as the water is ice cold right now. Some other reviewers wrote that the trail wasn't passable due to downed trees. It is important to ensure you are on the right trail. The trailhead is actually across the highway from the parking area, next to the bridge. It is marked, but you can't easily see the sign from the parking area. If you take the trail next to the blank wooden sign in the parking area, it is indeed impassable with downed trees. Happy hiking!

7 months ago

The GPS leads you directly to a parking area near a bridge. There is a trail head just on the other side of this bridge. We were with a big group and the trail we found had lots of down limbs and was not ideal for families. Several miles up highway 32 there is a deer creek falls sign. Not sure if that is a different trail or not. But that is several miles from where these directions lead you.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was easy to follow and well groomed with nice views of the creek. The creek was very full and water was flowing quickly downstream. It was a great hike with our two dogs!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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.

hiking
Monday, July 28, 2014

Vastly overrated and disappointing.

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2012

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.

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