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Mill Creek Falls Trail

Intermediate
 3.9 (7)

The trail descends through red fir forest and fields of balsam-root to a refreshing overlook.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.8

KM

82%

Runnable

6,718' 2,048 m

High

6,406' 1,953 m

Low

288' 88 m

Up

500' 152 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail begins at the Kohm-Ya-Mah-Nee Visitor Center with a short descent to a bridge over West Sulphur Creek, and then through fields of arrow-leaf balsam-roots before entering red-fir forest. After crossing a refreshing creek (which may be dry later in the summer season), the trail makes some short moderately-steep climbs and then descends to the overlook. From the overlook, the trail descends to cross East Sulphur Creek near Mill Creek Falls. The trail continues on the other side of the falls as the Crumbaugh Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Along with the balsam-roots, you will find a variety of wildflowers in season including columbine and lupine. The red-fir forest hosts other conifers as well. Look for various butterflies and damsel flies, especially along the creeks. Look across the open slopes and in the trees for various birds such as robins, steller's jays and tanagers. You may encounter a black-tailed deer or even a black bear.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lassen Volcanic National Park with improvements by Joan Pendleton

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  3.9 from 7 votes

#9686

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  3.9 from 7 votes
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#981

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#9,686

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Photos

Mill Creek Falls from an observation platform in the early spring.
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
Mill Creek Falls plunges over 70 feet down in this rugged terrain.  At the top of the falls, East Sulphur Creek that is bridged on the left, collects Bumpass Creek (upper center right), and together they drop off the cliff as Mill Creek Falls.
Jul 4, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
At the top of Mill Creek Falls, the tallest waterfall in Lassen Volcanic Nationals Park, East Sulphur Creek plunges off a cliff to drop over 70 feet into its creek valley far below.
Jul 2, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
Views of Mount Diller come into view as the trail skirts a mountain meadow.
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
As you hike along the trail, evidence of the areas volcanic past can be seen along the trail.
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA
The trail drops steeply from the parking lots through a forest of fir and pine trees.
Jun 9, 2020 near Shingle…, CA

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