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Mill Creek Falls Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 3.8 mi Elevation gain 780 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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.

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Recordings (153)
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Kayley Coogan
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Hiking

Great trail. Well marked and traveled. For me, I hike quite a bit, I thought it was a good hike. Definitely moderate. Good up and down, definitely got my heart racing. Falls were beautiful, scenery was beautiful and creek was beautiful. Overall a nice hike!

Heather Stueckle
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HikingBugsFee

Loved this hike! Went just to the waterfall, but talked to a few people who went further up to the lakes. Wish we could have done it, but we started too late. Round trip, with stops for breaths as we are out of shape and pics at the waterfall, took us about 2.5 hours. Sun and shade, up and down both ways. Well worth it and very kid friendly!

Michele Crlenjak Wolfe
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This was a beautiful hike with a great view of the falls. We had 4 kids aged 6-12 and left in the afternoon. Some up and down but not bad at all. This is definitely a new lassen favorite! There were a lot of flies though at that time of day.

Carrie DeMallie
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. More up and down than expected and lots of rocks and roots so you have to stop to take in the view. The falls were well worth it. We continued on to Crombaugh Lake—another 2 miles of steep. Not recommended for small kids. Made the whole round trip about 8 miles.

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Ashley Schlegel
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Hiking

Great Trail. Wish we could get closer to the falls, but still beautiful. Was not as busy as Kings Creek is normally, but still had many hikers.

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Ray Bouknight
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Hiking

Arrived at 8 AM on Friday, July 3. The restroom in the visitor center was being cleaned by the ranger, so we used the restroom by campground. The visitor center itself doesn’t open until 9. The trail begins behind the amphitheater. It’s an out and back trail, 1.6-1.8 miles one way, depending if you explore the creek above the waterfall. Though the trail looks flats, it has sections of climbing, but nothing too steep. On the way to the waterfall there weren’t many hikers, but we noticed a increase on our way back to the trailhead. 80% of hikers were wearing masks as we passed them on the trail. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen. Hiking poles if you wish. No mosquitos. For a more challenging hike, one could hike all the way to King’s Creek Falls which is about 5 miles one way.

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Heather W.
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Rocky

Awesome trail, narrow at times , took our 5 year old with us. Encountered a brown bear. 5 miles for us in total. The waterfall was worth the hike.

Naomi Pierce
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Hiking

Very beautiful falls! One of my new favorites in the park! We saw a bear cub on the trail!

Kaylin Chen
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Hiking

6/20/20 - open and free of snow! beautiful, tranquil hike. we extended it and hiked past the falls to conrad meadows and crumbaugh lake. very easy to follow trail with more elevation gain after the falls

Wendi V.
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and a good workout. It seemed longer than 1.6 miles to the lookout to the waterfall but it wasn’t.

Robin J.
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is this open?

Melissa Hernandez
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Hiking

Does anyone know if this is open yet?

Carlos Gomez
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Hiking

Is this closed?

Emily Dolhansky
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Hiking

“Best used from March to October” is merely a suggestion. :)

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Carol Metzdorf
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Hiking

I loved this hike. Beautiful falls. A little closer to 5 miles according to my watch but well worth it

Victor H.
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Hiking

Accessible trail starting right behind the visitor center. About half of the hike is shaded. Beautiful view and waterfall at the end. The length marked on the sign says 1.5 miles, but it’s actually 1.8 miles.

Neil Steinberg
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Hiking

Highly recommended

Daphne Confidential
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Hiking

Starts at Visitors’ Center going down hill. Very refreshing, tranquil, beautiful, Collier temp trail. Not heavily travelled in mid August. Drop in camp site at beginning g also with fire pits, bear lockers, restroom but no showers. Lovely, tranquil area. Highly recommend for overnight traveling or up to 14 days to do all the trails that leave from this same trailhead. No pets on trail.

Tim Lewis
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Hiking

Great hike! Pretty easy with beautiful scenery! Some people saw a bear with its cub. Glad we didn’t. I’d like to hit this one again earlier in the year when it’s not so dry

Laura and Michael
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Hiking

Hillsides filled with yellow wildflowers. Forest path and open meadows. Stunning waterfall. Great hike for the family.

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Michael Foglia
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Hiking

review later

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Sharon Sommerfeld
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Hiking

A beautiful meandering hike with beautiful wildflowers! Not a highly busy trail and easy to follow. Beautiful overlook to the falls view and plenty of picturesque photograpy . I would rate this trail as moderately easy.

Jennifer Wells
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The falls are pretty amazing. Nice hike continuing on to Crumbaugh Lake. Some snow on the trail but not enough to lose the trail. I didn't see a single person between the falls and the lake.

Wendy Gallant
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Moderate hike-good ups & downs. Doable for kids, ours are 7,8,9. Great lunch spot in the shade above falls. Bring lots of water.

Karl Hutchinson
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Hiking

Beautiful views

Wendy Gallant
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Moderate trail with ups & downs. Good trail for kids with great spot to have a picnic by water around top of falls. Highly recommend it

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Jamie M.
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike! The flowers were stunning! We happened upon this hike by accident when our planned hike was snowed out. Super glad we did! Fair warning, coming back out could be challenging for young children or anyone who isn't used to the elevation.

Carly Eppler
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Hiking

Amazing meadows full of flowers + a great waterfall at the end. Definitely a challenge with the changes in elevation combined with the narrow trail. First part is completely in the sun. Trailhead a little unclear, but go left.

Yisseth Melendez
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Hiking

Easy to find and stay on trail in the summer. Mid July it had some amazing wildflowers and the waterfall is gorgeous!

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