Red Elephant Hill, Mill Creek Loop

This trail is great fun with a variety of challenges and amazing scenery.

Total Miles
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4 to 5

Technical Rating

Best Time

Trail Overview

You will definitely want to check out Empire Hilton cabin along the route of this trail. It is first come, first serve, so get there early if you want to use it. Be respectful and pack out trash. The route begins as a country road that passes through private property. Open all year.


Difficult. Red Elephant Hill is narrow, steep and tippy in places. Mill Creek Loop is rocky. Aggressive, highclearance SUVs can do it.

Access Description

From north side of Downieville, Exit 234, take frontage road west 1.2 miles. As you pass under the freeway a second time, look immediately to the right for start of trail.

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