Lewis Creek Trail

As a family we like walking the Lewis Creek Trail. It is a great hike just outside Yosemite National Park. We have done this hike a couple of times, and always had a great time. You will go over a bridge or two and have the choice of being at one of two different waterfalls. You can hike to Red Rock Falls or Corlieu Falls.

This trail head is just seven miles south of Yosemite National Park's south entrance and 5 minutes north of the city of Oakhurst, CA. You can spend an hour or an entire day on the Lewis Creek Trail. It depends on how much you want to hike!

We crossed over two bridges :)

A couple of times we have hike less than an hour and had a picnic lunch by the peaceful river.

Some of our Lewis Creek Trail Pictures

Parking lot at trail-head

The trail-head begins behind the barrier:)

Along Highway 41, three miles north of the Bass Lake turnoff, you will see a pullout with a parking area. There will be a sign that says Lewis Creek.

At the trail-head there is a sign that says Lewis Creek with a trail veering off to the left and a trail veering off to the right. Going left will take you to Red Rock Falls. Going right will take you to Corlieu Falls.

Corlieu Falls:

Corlieu Falls is stunning. Especially in the spring time when there is lots of runoff. The trail is well shaded. The waterfall is a cascade that is 80 feet high. You will be at the waterfall in 15 minutes, as you walk down hill. The falls are only 3/10 of a mile from the parking area. We love spending time on the beautiful wooden observation deck with built in seats. It is a nice place to sit and enjoy the waterfall.

You can continue walking down hill for about another 15 minutes and you will come to a large cleared area by the creek. We like this area is shaded and think it's a perfect place to picnic along side Lewis Creek.

We kept our dog on a leash and brought her along with us :)

Our Hike To Red Rock Falls

At the trail-head, if you head left, you will come to Red Rock Falls. This is a smaller waterfall than Corlieu Falls. This hike is 1.5 miles each way. You'll cross over a cute wooden bridge. Red Rock Falls is about 20 feet tall and very wide. The trail is well shaded and the hike can be completed in less than two hours.

Both of these waterfalls are pretty easy hikes. Kids can do them just fine. Every time we have hiked these during the week, we haven't seen a soul. We had the trail and the waterfalls to ourselves. The weekends bring a few hikers, but nothing like the crowds of hikers inside Yosemite National Park. Just be sure to bring mosquito repellent with you if you're hiking in the spring, summer or fall.

As you can see, the entire trail is pretty much shaded:)

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