Mono and Indian Creeks Proposed Wild and Scenic Rivers

Indian Creek © Mike Summers


Mono and Indian Creeks were identified by scientists as an area of high ecological significance. Both creeks provide nearly pristine refuges for a unique assemblage of native wildlife, including the largest population of endangered arroyo toad on the Los Padres National Forest, as well as the endangered California red-legged frog, least Bell’s vireo, and sensitive southwest pond turtle. Mono Creek flows through a distinctive narrow gorge with dramatic sandstone and shale formations and large boulders, waterfalls, and deep pools. Those willing to explore this rugged and remote stream must be willing to wade and swim some segments where water fills the canyon from wall to wall. Trails follow other segments of Mono Creek and much of Indian Creek, providing access for anglers, hikers, and backpackers.


Mono Creek segment is 25.4 miles

Indian Creek segment is 14 miles