Deer Creek Trail

Chico, California 95929

Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"When the Lassen high country is buried in snow, the Deer Creek Trail offers a wonderful opportunity to get out on the trail, especially in spring, when the stream is strong and Lower Deer Creek Falls is in full glory.

Summers can be hot at this elevation—hike early or late in the day to avoid the heat. Most parties go no farther than the falls, which are definitely the high point of the journey, but the trail continues to a decent camping area before merging with a dirt road. Deer Creek offers anglers some challenging catch-and-release fishing between late April and mid-November."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"Steep canyon walls, shady forest, and crashing waterfalls large and small highlight this hike along Deer Creek. You can walk this enticing trail nearly any time of year because it’s usually below the snowline in winter. It’s excellent preparation for summer backpacking, with campsites spread liberally near the path. It also leaves right from Highway 32, so there’s no dirt road driving. Deer Creek Falls provides a thunderous counterpoint to the quiet found high up the mountainside."

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The description of this trail is accurate. The trail had some steep sections, especially the descent to the campsites at the end of the trail. There were a few campsites along the way, but they were too close to the raging river for me. The waterfall was spectacular, and we sat on the rocks and watched Salmon try to jump up it. Off to one side is a fish ladder (I think) connected to a large trough like canal, where fish could also be seen swimming upstream. The scenery and the river invited Kodak moments in several places, especially the waterfall. After a nice hike, we were surprised to find "No camping or fires" spray painted on a huge tree. Never the less, we found a campsite which had obviously been used recently, and spent the night. This was a nice hike for early season!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
650 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best: March to late November
3,220 feet
Trailhead Elevation
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Onion Butte
Local Maps

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