Mill Creek Falls and Ridge Lakes

Mineral, California 96063

Mill Creek Falls and Ridge Lakes

Mill Creek Falls and Ridge Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Best late June through late October
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Lassen Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018