Upper Colony Mill Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Upper Colony Mill Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Three Rivers, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,151 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

over grown
4 months ago

A lot of bugs! Trail is overgrown, but pretty. Nice and shady most of the way. Take the split to Admiration point - the view is worth it.

over grown
6 months ago

the first half of the trail is followed fairly easily but after the turn of for admission point the trail is fairly over grown you can push on by it becomes extremely difficult. but the view from the point is amazing.

Thu Jul 05 2018

We hiked this trail out to “Admiration Point”. That point is amazing, the trail to it much less so. The trailhead is a small turnout 2.2 miles back from the Crystal Cave parking. It’s not marked and easy to miss. The trail from there and the first 2 miles is on a former entrance road, you’ll see small patches of asphalt along the way. The spur trail to the point has been improved recently and in much better shape than the old road. See my recording.

Mon Jul 17 2017

The trail actually does not really exist anymore. We did hike it based on the GPS data but it was mostly overgrown and not visible and we had to cut through shoulder high brush in places.

Sun Oct 12 2014

Great view at Admiration Point. Was hoping the trail would loop from there so I wouldn't have to backtrack but couldn't find a continuing trail. Next time I'll keep to the right at the fork and hike to the old ranger station.

Wed Jul 16 2014

We began this trail off of Crystal Cave Rd. A few miles in (on the left) there is parking for 3-4 cars and an unmarked trailhead. It follows the old road into Sequoia National Park. At one point you can veer to the left on the trail and hike another 1-1.5 miles out to an area called "Admiration Point." It's a cliff that overlooks (interestingly enough) Marble Falls. If you don't veer left you can continue on to see the old building that was a caretaker's home. Lots of evidence that bears are nearby (scat) made me a little uneasy, but I didn't see any bears. Would only do this hike in a large group, because of that. A great hike that doesn't seem to be that well-known!!