Deep Creek

Deep Creek Proposed Wild and Scenic River

Photo by Friends of the River
(Click here to download a Fact Sheet on the Deep Creek Proposed Wild and Scenic River and click here for a map)

The California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act proposes to protect 20 miles of Deep Creek by designating it as Wild and Scenic.

Deep Creek flows from the mixed conifer forests of the San Bernardino Mountains to the high chaparral of the Mojave Desert. Along the way, the creek carves a rugged canyon, tumbling over granite cliffs and around huge boulders. The Pacific Crest Trail follows the creek for 16 miles from Holcomb Creek to the Mojave River Forks Dam.

The creek supports the greatest diversity of wildlife habitats and vegetation communities of any drainage in the San Bernardino National Forest. Deep Creek provides an important habitat linkage between the desert and mountains and is home to the endangered southwest willow flycatcher (a songbird) and arroyo toad. The rare lemon lily and Humboldt lily grow along its banks.

A significant cultural pathway, the Vanyume Serrano Indians followed Deep Creek from their villages in the Mojave Desert to collect acorns and access other food sources in the mountains. Today, the river canyon is the route of the Pacific Crest Trail, which provides access to the fabled Deep Creek Hot Springs.

A tributary of the Mojave River, Deep Creek is a state designated Wild Trout Stream, featuring rainbow and brown trout. Wild & scenic protection of Deep Creek will ensure that future generations may enjoy the stream for hiking, swimming and fishing.