Lower Deer Creek Falls

Chester, California

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A secluded trail leads down alongside Deer Creek to tiered falls funneled through a narrowing and boulder-strewn channel. Pick your day just right, and you may find yourself all alone on the out-of-the-way trail that follows Deer Creek downstream to its lower falls. Cupped in a rocky bend on the year-round stream, and accessible only by scrambling down a steep hillside, the falls present an elusive destination, though one that’s been admired by many, as the memorial bench tucked in the woods above attests. The creek, its falls, and its steep-walled canyon offer solace and solitude in spades. A short staircase leads up from the highway bridge spanning Deer Creek, passing an information signboard describing the salmon and steelhead that spawn in the stream. The creek, like many in Lassen country, is popular with anglers.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A secluded trail leads down alongside Deer Creek to tiered falls funneled through a narrowing and boulder-strewn channel. Pick your day just right, and you may find yourself all alone on the out-of-the-way trail that follows Deer Creek downstream to its lower falls. Cupped in a rocky bend on the year-round stream, and accessible only by scrambling down a steep hillside, the falls present an elusive destination, though one that’s been admired by many, as the memorial bench tucked in the woods above attests.

The creek, its falls, and its steep-walled canyon offer solace and solitude in spades. A short staircase leads up from the highway bridge spanning Deer Creek, passing an information signboard describing the salmon and steelhead that spawn in the stream. The creek, like many in Lassen country, is popular with anglers.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chester
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger District, 900 CA 36, PO Box 767, Chester, CA 96020; (530) 258-2141; www.fs.usda.gov/lassen/
Local Maps: USGS Onion Butte CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Deer Creek Falls

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