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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,322 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

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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.

Parking is on a rough dirt fire road in a thicket of manzanita.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Georgetown: Travel south on Highway 193, turn left onto Traverse Creek Rd, turn right onto Bear Creek Rd, about 1/2 mile past Bear Creek Picnic Area, turn right on a spur road for another 1/2 mile to a 4-way intersection. Continue straight and take the next road right to the trailhead.

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Elizabeth Pfand
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HikingBugsOver grown

I give this trail 3 stars, but my husband gives it 5 stars so we split the difference. Parts of the trail are pretty overgrown, and there is a significant amount of poison oak. It’s relatively easy to avoid you just have to constantly be on the look out. The creek at the end is pretty worth the overgrown blackberry bushes and the poison oak though. Take a picnic and plan on hoping in the water because it is a sweet little swimming spot.

Kami Kincheloe
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HikingOver grownScramble

Join my FB group Northern CA Hike lovers and seekers for my full review. This hike was just okay. Definitely not one of my favorites

Mallory Snarr
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Raul Almendarez
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HikingOver grown

Nice trail- really overgown plant life on trail. Wear long sleeves because poison ivy is everywhere. Hike back up from river is real tough very steep incline.

Heather LaVergne
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Rochak Dahal
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HikingOver grown

Good hike. Great workout on the way back. A little too overgrown rn. Wear long sleeves if you still wanna do it.

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Trevor Salyers
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HikingOver grown

There was a very narrow and windy road to get out to the trail. The trail started off wide and nice, but then narrows and is very overgrown with poison oak. Didn’t make it to the water as we were brushing up against too much poison oak. Would not recommend unless you live close by.

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Aubrey Van Norman
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HikingBugsOver grown

Neat trail, and the waterfall at the end is very cool. Hard to get down but fun to swim in the pool at the bottom. It is very cold and the current is strong, so be careful. Lots of poison oak! Bring bug spray too. The uphill on the way back is tough so be prepared for that.

Kristine Estrada
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownRocky

Intense workout but seeing the river and waterfall was a well worth beautiful site! We’re in good shape and the whole loop took us 2 1/2 hours.

Gabe Barajas
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HikingOver grown

The first mile of the trial is a very wide dirt path and is pretty scenic, one you get to the start of the single track trail there is a lot of overgrown brush that covers alot of the trail. Its uncomfortable to hike it, but once you pass the half mile of overgrown areas, then you reach the steep decline, which is not bad. There are parts that require you to be creative to continue on the path.. you'll have to hop over large logs here and there. One you get to the creek, follow it down to the waterfall. Its a challenge on the way back up. Careful for snakes. I encountered a black racer at the creek.

Amal Alyousfi
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Definitely a challenging hike! Once we got to the creek (about 2.7 miles in or so), we climbed around the rocks and were able to reach the waterfall. Bring a swimsuit, the water was nice:)

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Ryan King
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Flavia R.
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HikingOver grown

Great trail. I would rate it as medium vs hard, as the uphill portion is not very long. Not for a beginner though. Took us about 3.5 hours. The River is wonderful! There is a lot of poison oak and bugs on the trail, so I would recommend applying a bug repellent as I had plenty of bug bites the next day. It was a nice social distancing experience as it was no one on the trail the entire time. Did it on a week day though. And probably one of the few open trails.

Karen Dubon
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HikingOver grown

Nice hike! Not tough to get to but a bit tough to get out bc you’re hiking back up. It is overgrown heavily at some spots. It’s not the worse but there is lots of poison oak. So if sensitive, I wouldn’t recommend this hike.

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Tyler Scott
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HikingOver grown

Half is a downhill overgrown area. Lunch at the river was worth it. Way back up was a different story

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Nicole Robinson
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Laura J.
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Neat trail. It starts out with a lot of open area and then narrows. A short part has overgrown shrubs and thorny bushes so wear appropriate attire. Then the terrain changes and the trail turns into dense forest as you descend towards the creek. Once you get down to the creek, continue straight & climb the rocks towards the waterfall (totally worth it!). The ascent back is challenging but only for less than a mile.

Sarah Rossmeisl
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We did not complete the whole trail as it became overly dense with brush & foliage. We had a yellow lab with us and did not want her to get poison ivy so we turned around. Unfortunately we didn’t get to the water!

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Matt McA
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HikingOver grown

Nice views to start the hike on the fire road but it got pretty thick w/ thorn bushes as we got closer to the river. So, we decided to turn around cuz we have 2 big dogs with us.

Irina Kravchuk
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Over all it was a fun trail. Getting to the falls was a bit challenging at the end of the trail you have to climb on rocks to get to water fall. Going back was the hard part. At least the first 20 min it was all up hill. Bring clippers to cut some twigs along the way to get around.

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