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Mill Creek Trail to Squirrel Meadow

  • 4 days ago · 8:30 AM
  • Mill Creek Trailhead - 1.5 Miles East of Hwy 178


The Mill Creek trail has a lot to offer.  We will start out in the Oak and Buckeye belt and hike up almost 4,300' into the Pine and Cedar forest.  We may even run into a bunch of snow towards the top of the route.  Go as far as you want and turn around anytime.

Watch for Sierra Newts in the creek.  On a rainy day they are all along the trail and in the stream.

This hike is appropriate for beginner to advanced hikers depending on how far you wish to go. The short version  of the hike will cross a creek (which may or may not be flowing) several times. You can turn around here for an apprx 3 mile hike or you continue on for another half mile to our usual picnic spot near a Native American grinding slab. For an even longer hike, we can continue up the trail into the pines to Squirrel Meadow for a total of 4,300' elevation gain and 16 miles round trip.

Approximate Stats: Round trip mileage

Turn around at the creek crossings: 3 miles, 500'gain

Turn around at the Grinding Rock: 5 miles 950' gain

All the way to Squirrel Meadow: 16 miles, 4300' gain

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  • Erin C.

    Hey Matthew – any idea how much snow we're going to run into toward squirrel Meadow?

    5 days ago

    • Matthew

      Some in the shade towards the top. Light amount.

      5 days ago

  • Frank C.

    So I guess the plan is to pile into whoever brings the SUV's? :)

    5 days ago

  • valsa c.

    Anyone at gas station at 7:45am I could carpool with? Valsa

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Matthew

    Good morning hikers. This hike can really be as short or long as you want. So, when you arrive at the Mill Creek Trail feel free to just get started on your own. I won't see anyone at the Chevron or trailhead, I'll be hiking already with an early start time, so you'll be on your own. Please just limit the number of vehicles coming.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Matthew

    I'll be be arriving at the trail early to get my hs kids hiking before the meetup hikers. I recommend meetup hikers meet at Chevron on hwy. 178 and hwy. 184 at 0745 to arrange carpooling. Parking at the Mill Creek trail head is limited. Please bring as few vehicles as you can. See you on the trail. Also, there will most likely be snow up near Squirrel Meadow at the top of the route. Be prepared if you make it that far.

    November 27

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