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Black Creek Trail #3551


The trail begins in a grove of young trees. It enters older trees at Edith Creek and follows Black Creek up a gentle rolling grade to Lillian Falls, a beautiful 100-foot high cascading waterfall in an old growth forest.

From Lillian Falls, the trail switchbacks up a steep grade to a tableland where it crosses Nettie Creek. The trail begins to climb again, traversing a rocky area, which provides a view of Black Creek Canyon and the tablelands.

Vine maple and rhododendron are prolific along this portion of the trail, making for a colorful hike in the fall and spring.

Turning easterly through a notch, the trail crosses another creek before climbing steeply up over the divide and then drops down to the Waldo Lake Trail.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Medium
Water: Numerous creeks - requires treatment
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Black Creek trail

Forest Road 2421 is a smooth gravel road.

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Map Location:
T.21 S., R.5 ½ E., W.M., Sections 34, 35 & 36



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Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
3.8 miles

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  Elevation : 
3400 feet - 5400 feet