Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Georgetown, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,715 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


washed out

"Descending steeply into a thickly wooden canyon, site of a gold scramble in 1851, the trail climbs to the old mining camp of Volcanoville.

This trail is a WORK. OUT. There's a nice creek and then come the inclines, I recommend if you're looking for a solid workout hike. A physical test but fun. There are some cool shacks to check out at the end. Bring BUG SPRAY :)

2 months ago

Not 5.2 miles out and back. More like 7 miles. “Moderate” isn’t all that accurate either. Let’s go with strenuous. Steep decent on shale with switchbacks 1000’ down to Otter Creek, 1000’ straight up on the other side. Mosquitoes were active as we descended down into the creek. The creek crossing involves getting wet, plan accordingly. Views were amazing, so green with diverse foliage. You should stop and turn back at the PG&E power lines on the top of the climb. “Volcanoville” was a broke down shack. Getting to the trailhead was exciting also. Directions need to include “turn off the paved road.”

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The last 2 miles or so driving in is a rough one-lane road. We were glad we had a truck for the extra clearance. We parked 0.2 miles from the intersection for Bottlehill Rd. and walked up Breedlove another 0.2 miles to reach the road where the trail starts. Beautiful trail. We didn't see another soul the whole day (midweek on Spring Break). We had to take our boots off to cross the creek, but it was totally doable, maybe 18 inches deep. Not much flat land on this hike; all uphill/downhill.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

bring something to cross the creek in.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Had a little trouble finding the trailhead, there's no signs until a little ways in. Gorgeous scenery though! The way back up is a little tough but totally doable. The spot at the creek is a perfect place to explore and have lunch before hiking back out. Also, once we got to the Otter Creek Trail sign, we weren't sure if we should go left or right, we picked left and were not disappointed in the slightest. We'll probably go right next time to check it out. Highly recommended spot!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Almost every section is either very steep downhill or very steep uphill, should be rated as hard there was some solid scenery which started to make up for it.

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