Mill Creek Trail

Red Bluff, California

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Follow this meandering path into the heart of the Ishi Wilderness—named after the last “wild Indian” in California, who secretly maintained his traditional lifestyle in these canyons until the early 1900s. Though low in elevation, this hike gives visitors a glimpse of what many of California’s foothills must have looked like prior to European settlement. Terrain: Dirt path and dirt road through brushy, rugged canyons and oak-shaded grassland.

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"Follow this meandering path into the heart of the Ishi Wilderness—named after the last “wild Indian” in California, who secretly maintained his traditional lifestyle in these canyons until the early 1900s. Though low in elevation, this hike gives visitors a glimpse of what many of California’s foothills must have looked like prior to European settlement. Terrain: Dirt path and dirt road through brushy, rugged canyons and oak-shaded grassland."

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Red Bluff
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,253 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season & Limits: Year round; Best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,230 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lassen National Forest, Almanor Ranger Station
Local Maps: USGS Panther Spring, Barkley Mountain

Mill Creek Trail Reviews

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6/3/2003
This trail was moderately difficult, with some long exposed sections. Places suitable to put a tent were few, but water was easy to get to. Starting from Black Rock campground, we hiked in exess of 5 miles, and never came to Avery place or Pape place. The trail itself was difficult to follow, with many false trails and cow paths branching off of the main trail, which was indistinct most of the time. We did find a fantastic waterfall with approx. 20 ft drop. It was perfect to stand under and cool off, the water was ice cold from snow melt. It would have been a much better hike if the trail had been marked in some way.
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