Squaw Valley Creek Trail

EASY 6 reviews
#20 of 28 trails in

Squaw Valley Creek Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lakehead, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.9 miles
764 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




wild flowers


6 months ago

Our group of six people all in good physical health hiked this trail. The first three miles were very nice, although the trail is fairly narrow and the edge falls away in some places. The reason for the three stars is due to the next leg of the journey, it becomes quite overgrown and poison oak grows all along the sides often even taking over parts of the trail. It is still a beautiful area and it follows the river, which is cold but suitable for swimming. There are a number of swimming holes within the first few miles, but they become more scarce the further you go. The water is also very clear. Overall I would say this hike is fun and scenic if you like swimming, if not I wouldn't recommend it. In the summer it would be very hot without a dip in the river.

I would also like to warn that, if you choose to hike it, approximately a quarter of a mile in on the left side of the trail we spotted a rattlesnake. It was in the middle of the trail on both the trip in and our return. We believe it may have a nest in the log nearby.

9 months ago

If you hike far enough theres a small "waterslide" into a deep swimming hole. Probably 4 miles in.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Beautiful trail. We took the whole family. Crystal clear water. Could see trout swimming in the water. Great trail for hot days due to the heavy foliage. Kids got to splash in the water some.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This nice trail is located within an easy drive of the boat launch at McCloud Reservoir. I saw a few other people on the trail, but it was a holiday and nice weather. Considering how hot it can be here, I liked that the trail had several points of creek access, and was shady in the afternoon. It crosses with the PCT. There were a few small but nice waterfalls on the creek. Near the end of my hike, I got the impression that the trail continued, but was poorly maintained at that spot, and I was ready to head out, anyway.

11 months ago

Friday, October 21, 2016