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