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Corlieu and Red Rock Falls on Lewis Creek (from parking lot on Rt 41)

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Trail stats

Distance
3.93 mi
Elevation gain
489 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
489 ft
Max elevation
4,189 ft
TrailRank 
59
Min elevation
3,859 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
one hour 42 minutes
Time
2 hours 30 minutes
Coordinates
1099
Uploaded
June 18, 2022
Recorded
June 2022
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4,189 ft
3,859 ft
3.93 mi

near Sugar Pine, California (United States)

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Photo ofCorlieu and Red Rock Falls on Lewis Creek (from parking lot on Rt 41) Photo ofCorlieu and Red Rock Falls on Lewis Creek (from parking lot on Rt 41) Photo ofCorlieu and Red Rock Falls on Lewis Creek (from parking lot on Rt 41)

Itinerary description

Sierra National Forest Service recommends this parking lot and start point as the lot is bigger than those on the two end-points on this trail. It's also a shorter hike to both falls than to start from the north or south.

The trail is mostly at a moderate grade and in the shade, with a few short steep sections. Wildflowers blossom along the entire trail in the early summer. The footing is generally good, although the trail is narrow. It is often overgrown with bushes growing over the trail. The forest along both sides of the trail has experienced fires and many blackened trunks and stumps are visible along both sides of the trail.

Waypoints

PictographCar park Altitude 3,937 ft
Photo ofTrailhead Parking Photo ofTrailhead Parking

Trailhead Parking

The trailhead is at a parking lot on the east side of Rt 41, 7 miles north of the town of Oakhurst and just at a wide bend in the road from northeast to northwest.

PictographIntersection Altitude 3,930 ft
Photo ofIntersection - go left to Red Rock Falls, right to Corleiu Photo ofIntersection - go left to Red Rock Falls, right to Corleiu

Intersection - go left to Red Rock Falls, right to Corleiu

Go left to Red Rock Falls about 1 1/2 miles away, right to Corleiu falls about 300 yards away

PictographWaterfall Altitude 3,950 ft
Photo ofWaterfall visible from trail

Waterfall visible from trail

PictographBridge Altitude 3,957 ft
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Bridge

PictographIntersection Altitude 4,026 ft
Photo ofLower Trail and Big Boulders

Lower Trail and Big Boulders

PictographBridge Altitude 4,091 ft
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Tiny Bridge

PictographRiver Altitude 4,098 ft
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Views of Trail Surfaces

PictographBridge Altitude 4,229 ft
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Bridge

PictographIntersection Altitude 4,222 ft
Photo ofTrail down to Red Rock Falls

Trail down to Red Rock Falls

PictographWaterfall Altitude 4,193 ft
Photo ofSteep Trail - descend cautiously

Steep Trail - descend cautiously

PictographWaterfall Altitude 4,186 ft
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Red Rock Falls

PictographMountain pass Altitude 4,134 ft
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Charred Trees

PictographTree Altitude 4,101 ft
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Stump

PictographRiver Altitude 4,101 ft
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Creek

PictographBridge Altitude 4,045 ft
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Flowers

PictographIntersection Altitude 4,026 ft
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Intersection

The trail diverges here into two very short options, higher or lower on the slope. The upper trail is more travelled.

PictographWaterfall Altitude 3,891 ft
Photo ofCorlieu Falls Photo ofCorlieu Falls Photo ofCorlieu Falls

Corlieu Falls

The trail to Curlier Falls was at this time littered with tree stumps, large and small. It is passable, including side trails around the larger fallen logs.

PictographMountain pass Altitude 3,921 ft
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Fallen Logs Across Trail

These are easy to get past, with a small diversion off the trail. These were there in June 2022.

PictographIntersection Altitude 3,904 ft
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Intersection

Shortly after leaving the parking lot, the trail to the south end of Lewis Creek Trail diverges right (south). This also provides a means to get to Corlieu Falls, although the access trail at the end is very steep.

PictographIntersection Altitude 3,891 ft
Photo ofTrail Down to Corlieu Falls

Trail Down to Corlieu Falls

This alternative west-side access to Corlieu Falls is an unofficial steep trail down from the Lewis Creek Trail just a few hundred yards south on an intersection connecting up to the parking area on Route 41.

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