Mill Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews

Mill Creek Falls Trail is a 3.8 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
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
777 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, well marked. The falls are wonderful.

2 months ago

The falls are very pretty. Nice reward for the short hike. The hike itself is not the prettiest but not a bad little walk.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of ups and downs without much elevation change overall. Rest your feet in the cold creek at the top of the waterfall before heading back. We did the hike there and back with a 13 and 14 year old in about 2.5 hours. Bring lots of water. It is very dry out here.

3 months ago

Thoroughly enjoyable. The falls were spectacular.

hiking
3 months ago

The views on this hike were gorgeous...tons of blooming foliage and that sweet, woodsy scent of the mountain air. However, if you're out of shape, like me, stay away! There is one area of the hike where the trail is dusty and very steep downhill. Make sure you wear shoes with good traction, because I didn't and hurt myself badly. Nothing like hiking 45 mins back covered in blood & dirt! I'm determined to come back and conquer this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail to the falls. We went on 7/4/18 and he flowers were still in bloom. 4 miles, 1:52 minutes in and back.

3 months ago

gotta love waterfalls !!!! easy downhill , good steady climb out lol .. good times

hiking
4 months ago

It's really a moderate trail worth hiking. The majestic Mill Creek Falls await you at the end of the trail.

4 months ago

Great steady hike .. hiked it with daughter and 2 grand babies (2 1/2 and 3 months )

4 months ago

Gorgeous views, nice variety, good workout

4 months ago

i was going hike the Lassen Peak trail but I couldn't see the trailhead or trail in the dark this morning. i had no service either, so plan ahead.
Anyway this trail was great (and close by) Good mix of up and down (i started with 3 layers n ended up with a soaked t shirt). took a ton of pics. i didnt see a single person coming or going. First I've ever had a trail to myself

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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
Sunday, September 03, 2017

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
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Beautiful views and lots of blooms on this trail

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

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.

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

good alternative if weather or energy for the bigger hikes in area is lacking. good family hike with some nice vistas & reward of falls for a nice lunch spot. rolling terrain with some uneveness so light hiking shoes helpful

would love to do the full hike that ends at bumpass hell, but requires 2 cars.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This is where East Sulfur Creek and Bumpass Creek meet. Mill Creek falls has a 75' drop and is well worth the hike. If you need more work out, continue on the trail to Conrad Meadows and you will experience a mile long steep ascent guaranteed to get your heart pumping !!

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Very nice moderate hike with a beautiful waterfall.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Good family hike to a wonderful waterfall.

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

absolutely beautiful hike in the beginning of July. The wildflowers were in full bloom, views of the snow covered peaks in the distance and the creek and waterfall had a lot of water which is so nice after our last few years of drought. Several changes in elevation so requires a bit of work but very manageable. Great hike to kick off our Lassen trip.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

fields of wild flowers, nice views,great destination. Lots of up and downs so there's some labor involved. rest under the foot bridge at the falls and let the spray cool you off.

hiking
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Beautiful trail and waterfall! Breathtaking views!

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Some nice wildflowers in mid-June and waterfall was pretty.

hiking
Monday, September 28, 2015

Our second hike of the day so we were pretty tired. Wild flowers dead in September. Rolling hills. Probably prettier in July or August.

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