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Mill Creek / Tower House Historical District, CA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,488 feet
Elevation Gain 774 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,000 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.48
Interest Historic & Perennial Creek
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Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 22
Routes 153
Photos 470
Trips 94 map ( 470 miles )
Age 26 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Apr, Mar, Nov, Oct → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:51am - 6:20pm
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(Not so) Crazy Creek Crossings
by lojones5

Overview
This is a very fun trail along Mill Creek, that starts off straight and passes an old stamp mill and abandoned mine. The trail then narrows to closely follow the creek and has a lot of small twists, turns, slight ups and downs, and plenty of creek crossings to keep things interesting. Watch for frogs (or toads?) in the creek during crossings, I also came across a snake. This trail stays very cool and comfortable even when temperatures in surrounding areas are high--I went with a high of 99 in Redding but the trail felt great. Completely shaded, while following the cold creek to provide a cooler temperature in the summer.


Warning
As always in this area, watch out for poison oak.

History
The Tenant Farmhouse, the El Dorado Mine and Stamp Mill are historic structures on the Mill Creek Trail. The Stamp Mill housed an apparatus in which rock was crushed by descending pestles known as “stamps.” The mill was operated by steam power. Mercury was used to separate the gold from the crushed rock through a process called amalgamation. The technique is no longer used in the United States, as mercury has been found hazardous to human health.

Hike
The trail continues past the abandoned mine to follow Mill Creek. Pass both branches of the Clear Creek Vista Trail which veers to the left across Mill Creek and up the hill. The trail crosses the creek approximately 20 times. Footing is often slippery. The Mill Creek Trail ascends the drainage, paralleling the creek on either side. The trail then leaves the drainage, ascends a ridge line and finally intersects with a dirt road. You may choose to continue on Crystal Creek Road to the East to pass a trail to Whiskeytown Falls and to reach a trailhead at Crystal Creek Road.

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Mill Creek along the trail

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2016-09-24 lojones5

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Mill Creek / Tower House Historical District
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    Back from a trip to Germany and Austria, I'll try to post some pictures from an amazing trail in Innsbruck, Austria soon. Now every day is sunny 105+ degrees here in Redding! Good thing I come from Phoenix/Tucson weather. Time to hit all the shady trails, and swimming holes I know around Redding. Mill Creek is a nice, overgrown and shaded trail that crosses the lightly flowing creek several times. Easy to get to, and a quick trek to feel some seclusion in nature--this trail is usually empty of hikers.
    Mill Creek / Tower House Historical District
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    A short hike. We planned on following Clear Creek Trail, but there was a fun bridge made out of a 2x4 we decided to cross which led to a vista trail. We hiked up the vista trail which became a nice level trail for a mile or so and provided a view of the creek from higher up. I'm not sure where the vista trail ends, we'll have to find a map with the trail or go back and hike a bit farther to see where we end up!

    It's getting very hot in Redding...so I feel at home!
    Mill Creek / Tower House Historical District
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    This was a very fun trail along Mill Creek with a nice amount of fall foliage. The trails starts off straight and passes an old stamp mill and abandoned mine. The trail then narrows to closely follow the creek and has a lot of twists, turns, slight ups and downs, and plenty of creek crossings to keep things interesting. I saw 5 toads during my creek crossings (or are they frogs?), and one snake. Although the high in Redding was 99 degrees, this trail was very cool and comfortable. Completely shaded, while following the cold creek to provide a perfect temperature. Overall a great little hike with lots of multicolored leaves to see, which I'll add in a photoset.

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    To hike
    Starting at the Whiskeytown Visitor Center, drive west on Highway 299 to the Tower House Historic District parking lot, approximately 8.0 miles. At the end of the parking lot follow the paved trail over the Clear Creek footbridge and then turn left. Walk along the white fence and cross over the next bridge. Follow the dirt road to the left past the Tenant Farmhouse and barn. Continue past the El Dorado Mine site where the Mill Creek trailhead marker is located.
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