Mill Creek Falls and Ridge Lakes Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A mile of Highway 89 separates the trail to Mill Creek Falls from the trail to Ridge Lakes. But more than the short distance differentiates them. The walk to Mill Creek Falls travels gently through forest to the spectacular cataract where Mill Creek, a major Cascade stream that drains into the Sacramento River, has its origin. The path to Ridge Lakes climbs 1,000 feet over 1.1 miles, but takes you to two lakes and gives open views over vast swathes of Northern California topography. A permit is required for overnight trips to the Ridge Lakes; obtain one from the Loomis Museum at the park’s northwest entrance station, from the park’s Mineral office, or from the Almanor Ranger District in Chester. Backpacking is not permitted on the trail to Mill Creek Falls. Sulphur Works provides an up-close history lesson in vulcanology."