“A beautiful, short run to Red Rock Falls along Lewis Creek.”
— Ryan Johnston
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Swimming — Waterfall
The trailhead is located at a pullout off of Highway 41 heading north towards Yosemite. It's about 9 miles north of Oakhurst and just past the 4000 feet of elevation sign. The trail has a short downhill to start and crosses Lewis Creek. They took the bridge down recently, but when the creek is low, there are plenty of rocks to use to cross without getting wet.
After this, you cross a couple more bridges over inlets into the creek, but the trail stays on the east side of the creek the rest of the way. You'll hear Red Rock Falls before you can see it, and the trail will come to a fork. If you stay to the right, the trail will lead up to Sugar Pine; to the left leads to the waterfall. It's 1.9 miles to the waterfall so roundtrip is just under 4 miles. This is a great route for kids and dogs.
Mountain bikers do use this trail as well but there are very few blind spots, so they can usually be spotted ahead.