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Lewis Creek Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (15)

A beautiful, short hike to Red Rock Falls along Lewis Creek.


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2.9

Miles

4.6

KM

Point to Point

4,327' 1,319 m

High

3,464' 1,056 m

Low

905' 276 m

Up

118' 36 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Waterfall

Family Friendly The entire trail is safe and easy. The only potential tricky part is crossing the creek at the very start.

Description

The trailhead is located at a pullout off of Highway 41 heading north towards Yosemite. It's about 9 miles north of Oakhurst and just past the 4000 feet of elevation sign. The trail has a short downhill to start and crosses Lewis Creek. They took the bridge down recently, but when the creek is low, there are plenty of rocks to use to cross without getting wet.

After this, you cross a couple more bridges over inlets into the creek, but the trail stays on the east side of the creek the rest of the way. You'll hear Red Rock Falls before you can see it, and the trail will come to a fork. If you stay to the right, the trail will lead up to Sugar Pine; to the left leads to the waterfall. It's 1.9 miles to the waterfall so roundtrip is just under 4 miles. This is a great route for kids and dogs.

Mountain bikers do use this trail as well but there are very few blind spots, so they can usually be spotted ahead.

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Ryan Johnston

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Red Rock Falls
Sep 24, 2016 near Oakhurst, CA
Small bridge over a side inlet into Lewis Creek
Sep 24, 2016 near Oakhurst, CA

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Apr 22, 2021
Alden Eye
Easy hike outside of Yosemite. Red rock falls was neat but there are stunning falls if you make a right turn and follow the river down a bit. 2.9mi — 2h 00m
Jun 8, 2020
Cecilia Espinoza Rodriguez
2.9mi
May 20, 2020
Jason Johnson
Dec 29, 2019
David Haughton
Jul 20, 2019
Jacob White
Jun 30, 2019
Katherine Brisco
Bridge still down to cross creek, but fallen log and rope to right that is safe to cross.
Jun 29, 2019
Walter Ramirez
May 23, 2019
Moussa Jabbour