Mill Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Mill Creek Falls Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Creek, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Southwest Entrance: Drive northward on Highway 89 to the parking area of Southwest Campground. Follow the paved trail to the trailhead close to the restrooms.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail. pretty evenly divided with inclines and declines. Very beautiful and gets you away from the crowds. it's pretty shaded but exposed in some spots. the falls is gorgeous (see photos). you can continue on to connected trails if desired.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a hike. For some of the more fit folks it wasn't too bad. For me it was hard - not impossible, but hard. We got to the falls and decided to hoof it up to Conrad Meadow. It was worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and lots of blooms on this trail

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect 50th birthday celebration. Lassen guidebook indicated the trail "unnecessarily" gains and loses elevation. Didn't notice the effort until the trip back. Lovely hills loaded with wildflowers in July. The falls were flowing full-force after a very wet winter. Fairly busy, even on a Tuesday.

Since I prefer solitude in nature, we continued on to Crumbaugh Lake hoping to make it to Boiling Lake. So worth the effort! Trail all to ourselves, except a young furry racked buck. Came upon patches of snow just before Crumbaugh. The meadows surrounding the lake were blazing in wildflowers. Gorgeous. Small creeks meandering through.

Trail to Boiling Lake got sketchy a bit out of the lake meadow. We turned back after the trail was mostly covered with snow.

We hadn't planned to go so far, about 9 miles, and didn't bring enough food and water. Next time I would bring enough to go further just in case we'd like keep going. Beautiful break from the heat an hour away in the valley.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Great meadows. Wooded area has ups and downs, tough for older individuals.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Wild flower and snow covered peak at background, cool water falls make this hiking very enjoyable. Nevertheless bring enough water with you!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Repeatedly up and down. Lots of wild lifes. The enterance wasnt clear.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun hike. My visit the main road through the park was still snow paced and lot of the beginning parts of this trail were covered with snow. You get to a cross a creek which is fun and there's an interesting part where two sources of water meet and you can clearly see the difference between the two as they are separated. Towards the end of the trail, you get to an over look of the falls which was great and walking over the bridges above the falls, you see the valley. If you want to get more mileage, the meadows are about 1.5 miles away.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great hike when the roads close down for the winter. Pack a picnic lunch to eat near the waterfall!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Good hike. Lots of elevation change, but still moderate. Falls were definitely pretty and worth the hike.