One Eye Creek Trail

MODERATE 41 reviews
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One Eye Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Garden Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.7 miles
1,315 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips






wild flowers





One Eye Creek is a 5.4-mile Forest Service trail which descends 1000 feet into a canyon and ends at Rock Creek Falls. The terrain around the falls is mainly rocky and steep in some places.

2 months ago

nice hike, but hard to find. Toward the end it does not seem that anything would be possible except hiking. This is mainly because of all the poison oak. We did not finish the hike. Too much poison oak and too steep. It was fairly warm 85 or so.

2 months ago

The trailhead was difficult to find and did not have a sign specifically saying that it was for the One Eye Creek Trail. From what I could tell, there were two different options. Either you could park on the side of the paved road and walk in about a mile and a half to the trailhead, or you could drive on the unpaved road (after May 1) and park at a little random patch right at the trailhead. The only indication that you are at a trailhead is a post in the ground with a symbol featuring hikers.

A good amount of the trail was not maintained, so definitely make sure to wear thick hiking pants. We got pretty scratched up. Also make sure to bring mosquito repellant. We could not figure out how to get to the waterfall, but did enjoy a nice lunch down by the creek.

3 months ago

Not great for hiking as you get further on the trail. It is overrun by poison oak and blackberry bushes. We were not able to complete the hike even though we wanted to. Bummer since we drove all the way from Sacramento.

6 months ago

A bit of noisy disruption at the beginning of the hike. Tractors tearing down burned trees that are probably a falling risk.. Beautiful hike though, I would say very slightly moderate.. pretty easy hike. The incline on your initial way back to the Trailhead is a little struggle and then pretty easy all the way back!

10 months ago

This was a great little trail. Very secluded.

11 months ago

there was so much poison oak we had to turn around at mile 1.

Friday, August 18, 2017

not kept up at all....

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

wouldn't suggest for begginners! coming back is uphill most of the way. Beautiful hike. warning the trail isnt very maintained.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Difficult to find; not well marked and lots and lots of poison oak!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Was unkempt and very steep towards the bottom. Didn't see a waterfall at all. The signage was scatter d and we thought we were lost a few times.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

It was really nice in the beginning but towards the middle the trail was very hard to see and very unkept, towards the second creek it was really steep, we didn't go very far before we had to turn around, also I recommend not taking a pet, I found 18 ticks on my dog

Friday, January 06, 2017

It was a beautiful hike in the beginning, towards the bottom it got really steep. It was very hard to pass through during this time. We made it down to the creek but we were unclear of where to go next. It was very wet during this time, but if it were a little dryer we would of tried to go and find the waterfall. Hopefully next time we come back we will find it!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nice day hike. Quiet and peaceful with lots of fallen leaves to cushion noise. Mixed oak and conifer woodland keep the hike interesting. Moderate rating is good although the last little bit by the creek is steep but short. No bugs this late in the season. Highly recommended.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Very pretty hike. Able to take our dog with us. The trail is a bit overgrown at parts with blackberry vines and, as other review on here have noted, there are a lot of bugs. Also, be advised the hike back is much steeper than the hike in. Regardless, the waterfall at the end is more than worth it. I would recommend this trail to others.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

This trail was ok as far as views the creek was nice but it was so overgrown we could not go any further so we were unable to see the waterfall. Hike back up to the top was a little strenuous but doable. Thanks to the previous reviews we were able to find it, and another reviewer was 100% correct about the bugs they were HORRIBLE!!!! I sprayed my deep woods off at least 10 times and it was not enough. I had a halo of bugs the whole time

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Awesome hike..It was just me, my boyfriend and dog..coming back up from the water was very steep..a total leg work out ..took my 3 y/o pit and she did well ! This trail seemed a little longer than 6 miles.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

ok. called one eye creek because there were so many mosquitoes in your face and eyes that you will probably lose an eye.
went with a 3 yo, 5 yo, 7 yo and 11 and the 3 yo (usually the best hiker) was carried all the way and the 5 yo broke down 1/4 mi into the return.
last 1+mile is steep. and a scramble to get to the waterfalls.
pretty falls and a good hike if your fit and over 20
stop by the ranger station just a little ways away-away - theyll tell you a better road and path to take than whats listed here. this route was about 8 miles and 4 hours for our crew with lunch.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

1. Take Highway 193 from Highway 49 toward Georgetown, California.

2. If you are coming from Highway 50, turn right on Traverse Creek Road, or from Highway 80, turn left on Traverse Creek Road.

3. Take Bear Creek Road to the right and pass Bear Creek Picnic area on the right (although this is a good place to stop and use restrooms since there aren't any at the trailhead).

4. Continue for 0.7 miles to Forest Service Road 12N81 on the right, visible due to park signs posted. (I uploaded a photo of the Rock Creek sign) Follow this road until 3 roads converge and park. The trail is signed.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

I love this trail, but keep in mind, I am not allergic to poison oak. If you are, be prepared! Another things is trail maintenance. I heard it called a "Bring your machete" hike, and so it was. I took loppers, and used them to trim the berry vines off the trail! Another thing good to know is to stop at Bear Creek Picnic Area on the way for bathroom use. I am loading a photo of the signage and the turnoff. This trail is well marked, much better than in the past.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Really nice hike, pretty steep hike going back up. But beware tons of mosictos, tons! Very peaceful, the waterfall is nice.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

found it thanks to some great info in the reviews. I carried a 60 pound ruck and the the hill was pretty steep. my wife had 35 pounds. definitely wore us out! the trail is pretty and the creek is nice. the falls were awesome although we only saw them from the top - it's March and the water was really rushing. the solitude was nice too, we never saw anyone else at all. no bears either! we had to cross the creek to give a place to camp so that sucked. watch out for the poison oak it's everywhere. thick. so it was good but probably not worth the steep trail, poison oak, and lack of spots/stuff to explore at the site.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

This is a hard trail to find. Follow Matt's directions and I added a couple of pictures. It is very dry and a lot of poison oak. We could not find the bigger waterfalls as the poison oak was to heavy and the trail was over grown a long the creek. The hike back out is a steep climb out that you do not notice when your walking in. Nice hike and well shaded. Happy hiking.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

couldnt find. dont waste ur time.

Monday, March 02, 2015

This was not an easy hike by any means but the waterfall at the end was worth it. There was some sketchy rock climbing to get below the falls loved it

Friday, January 10, 2014

There is an easy way and a hard way to get to the falls ... Where we thought we were supposed to park to start the trail left us with quite a bit of access road to hike down ... access road we could've driven to the end of. And my husband is pretty map proficient, plus we had our GPS with us, but still had a little difficulty making sense of some of the turnoffs we were supposed to take while going down the much more difficult way. Also, we're not sure if we missed a turnoff, or if the trail that was closed across the creek from where our initial trail ended was how we were supposed to continue, but we wound up about 1/4 mile up from the falls, and when we found the falls, there was a rope for us to climb down to get to the bottom, but no way for our dog to make it down the slippery rocks. Which was a shame because there was a real nice looking sandy beach below that would've been perfect to set up our tent. Above the falls, finding somewhere to set up the tent was a little more difficult. We had to hike upstream quite a bit before we could find somewhere. The water was beautiful though, and just what was needed after the long and steep hike down. And while we didn't see anybody else, which is what we were going for since we did this hike for our anniversary, there were bears in abundance! The hike back up was pretty rough since it was such a sharp decline. But once at the top of the ravine, we found a very quick and easy way back to our car which didn't require such a long hike on an access road. We were definitely pooped by the end of the hike! It was very beautiful though, and we definitely enjoyed it! We both joked that it really is just a once a year kind of hike however! Also, FYI, double check with the park rangers when you make the trip - we didn't know until we stopped for a fire permit that during many of the summer months, there is a burn ban and the only fires allowed are ones on a propane stove ... didn't do us much good when we'd left ours at home and had a bear across the creek from us sniffing the raw meat we'd brought with us to grill over an awesome open camp fire. Oh, and there is poison ivy EVERYWHERE along this trail/overgrowing it. So be careful!

Friday, January 18, 2013

I liked the trail mainly cuz Mat said it is one that no one has heard of. I went down there in January. The temperature was 50 in the day time and dropped to about 35 at night. I uploaded a hand drawn map on how to reach the bottom of rock creek. I would rate this trail as easy to moderate (not difficult) as I took me 40 minutes to reach the bottom starting from the main trailhead and 1 hour to come back up with a 60LBS pack (and the return trip is mainly uphill). Of course there is plenty of extra walking you will do to get back to the main road. Saw no wildlife but the view of the falls was nice, this will be a great summer spot for cliff jumping into that crystal clear pool of water.

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