Mill Creek Falls

Mineral, California

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Follow a roller-coaster trail out to Mill Creek Falls, a ribbon that drops over a tiered cliff at the confluence of East Sulphur Creek and Bumpass Creek. Mill Creek Falls is a narrow whitewater plunge at the confluence of East Sulphur Creek and Bumpass Creek. Spray from the 72-foot fall darkens the cream-and-gold-colored cliff over which it cascades, and the narrow gorge of East Sulphur Creek resonates with its splendid roar. The falls can be enjoyed from a shady overlook on the Mill Creek Falls trail or from a perch on one of the footbridges at the very brink, where the creeks gather in a frothy fury before taking the plunge. The trail begins by dropping down stairs behind the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Southwest Walk-in Campground. Switchback down through big pines and firs to a bridge crossing West Sulphur Creek, which meets with East Sulphur Creek downstream to form Mill Creek.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Follow a roller-coaster trail out to Mill Creek Falls, a ribbon that drops over a tiered cliff at the confluence of East Sulphur Creek and Bumpass Creek. Mill Creek Falls is a narrow whitewater plunge at the confluence of East Sulphur Creek and Bumpass Creek. Spray from the 72-foot fall darkens the cream-and-gold-colored cliff over which it cascades, and the narrow gorge of East Sulphur Creek resonates with its splendid roar.

The falls can be enjoyed from a shady overlook on the Mill Creek Falls trail or from a perch on one of the footbridges at the very brink, where the creeks gather in a frothy fury before taking the plunge. The trail begins by dropping down stairs behind the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and the Southwest Walk-in Campground. Switchback down through big pines and firs to a bridge crossing West Sulphur Creek, which meets with East Sulphur Creek downstream to form Mill Creek.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mineral
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-5.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Lassen Volcanic National Park, PO Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063; (530) 5954480; www.nps.gov/lavo
Local Maps: USGS Lassen Peak CA; Lassen Volcanic National Park map
Driving Directions: Directions to Mill Creek Falls

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