The Mill Pond Trails are easy and perfect for a family hike
Description: The Mill Pond Trails are easy suitable for a family hike. The Mill Pond Flume Trail #520 is a 0.6 mile interpretive loop trail that showcases several historic structures, including a cabin and the remains of the flume, giving visitors a glimpse into the history of the area. Learn about local history along this loop trail. Interpretive signs explain the significance of the Mill Pond Flume during settlement and development of the area.Read more
The South Mill Pond Trail #550 is a 0.7 mile trail that follows the south shore of Mill Pond to where Sullivan Creek empties into the lake (impoundment). No crossing is provided. This trail offers great views of Mill Pond, Red Bluff and Sullivan Mountain. During the spring many wildflowers are in bloom along portions of the trail.
The Elk Creek Trail 550 trailhead is located in the upper parking area of the Mill Pond Historic Site. From the parking area this trail crosses the Sullivan Lake Road and climbs up a south-facing slope offering stunning views of Mill Pond and Sullivan Lake. The trail drops into a steep draw where Elk Creek Falls cascades down the hillside for 30 feet. After viewing the falls, the trail winds down the hillside where it again crosses the Sullivan Lake Road and returns to the trailhead.
The Mill Pond is also known as a gold panning prospect. It will eventually be drained to allow cooler water to sustain the native fish populations of the creek. Camping is available on the east end of the pond.