One Eye Creek Trail

MODERATE 35 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
1315 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.

3 months ago

This was a great little trail. Very secluded.

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

4 months ago

not kept up at all....

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

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.

10 months ago

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

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!

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