Lewis Creek Trail is a great hike just outside Yosemite National Park. It will take you to two waterfalls and the trail is shaded and beautiful. This hike will take you to Red Rock Falls and 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!
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 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. There is a beautiful wooden observation deck with built in seats for you sit and enjoy the waterfall.
can continue walking down hill for about another 15 minutes and you
will come to a large cleared area by the creek. This area is shaded and
the perfect place for you to picnic along side Lewis Creek.
Red Rock Falls:
At the trailhead, 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 your hiking in the spring, summer or fall.
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