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Green Creek Trailhead - Leading to East Lake

Green Creek Trailhead sign, Hoover Wilderness, CA

The trailhead for the hike to the Hoover Wilderness' East Lake is on Green Creek. The turnoff to Green Creek is about 4½ miles south of Bridgeport on Highway 395, shortly beyond the ranger station. Nine-mile Green Creek Road is passable by most street cars with average clearance. 4-wheel drive is not required.

The route can be a little convoluted, but it is well marked. On the way in, take note of the sharp turn at mile 3½ because you wouldn't want to miss it on the way out.


Park at the small trailhead parking area before Green Creek Campground. There are vault toilets located at the trailhead.

Green Creek trailhead, Hoover Wilderness, CA

Green Creek Trailhead

Nearby Camping and Lodging

Green Creek Campground with 13 campsites and potable water is near the trailhead. The first-come, first-served campsites are $20 per night. There is also a group campground close to the parking area. A few private cabins are situated in the area.

Lodging is available in nearby Bridgeport. Along Highway 395 close to the Green Creek turnoff is Big Meadow Lodge offers cabins with private baths.

South of the Green Road turnoff is the Willow Springs Motel & RV Park. And just beyond Willow Springs find Virginia Creek Settlement with motel rooms, tent cabins, and camping.