Mill Creek Falls

Mineral, California 96063

Mill Creek Falls

Mill Creek Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Lassen Volcanic National Park (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"Seventy-five-foot Mill Creek Falls is the tallest waterfall within Lassen Volcanic, but it actually consists of three separate falls: East Sulphur Creek and Bumpass Creek tumble 25 to 30 feet into a swirling pool before their combined waters plunge another 50 feet to the base of Mill Creek Falls. When viewed during the height of snowmelt, usually mid-June to early-July, the falls put on a dramatic display of watery grandeur. Photographers will find the best light at midday. Most hikers starting from the Southwest Walk-In Campground go no farther than the falls, even though the trail continues another 3.5 miles to Kings Creek Picnic Area. If you do plan to hike from the campground to the picnic area—especially in early season when the creek is full of snowmelt—be wary of a potentially difficult crossing of East Sulphur Creek just beyond the falls overlook."

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This trail begins from the walkin campground near Lassen Chalet. It is an undulating trail, rarely level for any distance. The trail follows along the side of mountains through meadows of wildflowers and wooded areas until you reach Mill Creek Falls. The trail does continue to Crumbaugh Lake and Cold Boiling Lake if you want a longer hike. It is a pleasant hike that can be a little warm when the temperatures are high. I would consider this trail a moderately easy one. No major uphill climbs but plenty of little climbs.
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Trail Information

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