Mill Creek Trail

Redding, California 96099

Mill Creek Trail

Mill Creek Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Splashy creek crossings and a dandy swimming hole are just a couple of the many great reasons to come to the west side of Whiskeytown and hike the Mill Creek Trail. Another great reason is the fact that even though this hike can leave your chest heaving from exertion, Mill Creek’s deep, shady canyon offers temperatures considerably cooler than surrounding areas during the brutally hot summer days that Mother Nature can sometimes dish out."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Thom Gabrukiewicz
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"It’s early evening on the Mill Creek Trail, but it sure seems a lot later. Broken sunlight filters through the oak and pine down to where I sit along a deep cut in the hillside. The dogs are smart—they’ve found the pool and are hunkered down in the water at snout level. It’s Africa-hot in the canyon, even though I’m parked just a few feet from the water’s edge. My shirt moves to the beat of my heaving chest, as it’s sweat-soaked and sticks to me from the collar down. Rivulets of sweat track down my face, and blowing air from my mouth makes a tiny fountain of salty water."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,023 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2.5–3 hours
Year-round, but stream might not be passable in early spring
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Whiskeytown Unit
Local Contacts
USGS French Gulch
Local Maps

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