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Mill Creek Falls

Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, California

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  • The trail begins where the road ends at Mill Creek Falls Campground.- Mill Creek Falls
  • A sign marks the Poison Flat Trail with the spur to the falls.- Mill Creek Falls
  • The trail is easy to follow up its gradual incline, even in the winter snow.- Mill Creek Falls
  • The sign marking the spur to the trail. The trail is about 0.5 miles round trip.- Mill Creek Falls
  • A railing marks the end of the trail at a vista point overlooking Mill Creek Falls.- Mill Creek Falls
  • Mill Creek Falls.- Mill Creek Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy hike.
Cons: 
Roads snowed in seasonally. Must view from a distance.
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Region:
Warner Mountains + Modoc Plateau, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
5,800.00 ft (1,767.84 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Total elevation gain: 
120.00 ft (36.58 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,680.00 ft (1,731.26 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mill Creek Falls in the Warner Mountains, not to be confused with Mill Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park, or the Mill Creek Falls in Montana's Bitterroots, or another Mill Creek Falls in Oregon, is an 80-foot tall falls lying a quick hike from Mill Creek Falls Campground. 

Though the falls are impressive, the trail ends at an overlook point, and the steep terrain surrounding it doesn't allow for any closer access to the falls. Regardless, the falls see very little foot traffic due to their location in the secluded northeastern corner of the state. From the rear of the campground, a trailhead is signed. Following the gentle incline along the Poison Flat Trail, a sign marks the turnoff to the falls. 

Though Mill Creek Falls Campground remains open year round, all services are closed during the snowy season, and the road in is frequently beneath snow throughout the winter.

Vault toilets and water are available in the campground seasonally (typically April through October). Otherwise, there are no amenities at the trail.

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