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Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls) [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Georgetown, California

Pilot Creek Waterfalls (University Falls) [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Georgetown, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 905 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall Rocky Scramble Closed Private property No dogs
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Pilot Creek Waterfalls is on private lands and access is currently strictly prohibited. Please respect signs so that the landowners can work on alternatives to allow safe and legal access. No parking rules in the area are strictly enforced.

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Eliott Smith
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Hiking
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Dan Beeberich
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Hiking

Sheriff came and gave me a 150$ trespassing ticket

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Compa Choko
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HikingOff trailOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScramble

The Nature Scenery Makes The Walk Well Worth It" and, Breathe Taking View " and, Picture Worth 1000 Words " that's how I would describe this amazing place call University Falls " my first attempt on visiting here was a failure cause part of the trail has been cover/destroy by machines. Rangers trying to prevent access to the falls. I'm glad I try a 2nd time. Couldn't stop taking pictures of the falls, the scenery, the trees, the trail the butterflies and many more things. Love the pictures taken there. If need I can share my pic's with tips on how to find the falls fast. Please, pick after you're self!! Trail is definitely more than 4.8 miles but worth it. Don't get cough by Rangers, they will ticket you.

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Stacey Lewis
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Private property

Its always been "closed" to the public (not), its usually locals calling in illegally parked cars, don't park in NO PARKING zones. Great hike, probsbly more like 7 or 8 miles, not for dogs unless you have shoes for them. The water(falls)slides are well worth the long hike!!! Take plenty of water and dont leave your trash!! Help keep it clean by picking up trash you see!!

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Thomas Gomez
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownPrivate propertyRocky

A little discouraged. But we went for it. Parked right next to the yellow snow plow at the fire station. Hit the trail. 2.8 miles in. We found the falls. Had a great time. Follow the clues on the uploaded pics. When you get to a point where there is lots of downed trees. Just find a way through it. as the trail has been blocked. Have fun. !

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Conor Lienert
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BlowdownClosedMuddyOver grownPrivate propertyRockyScrambleWashed out

unfortunately we took the advise that it was open.. we were warned not to go by local fire fighters before heading out. we never found the falls and it was way longer than the 4.8. by the time we got back there was a ticket and a warning they would tow next time. when I looked there are two no parking signs so that was on me. the fire station also says no parking or public access. when we first walked through the locked gate we noticed sheriff ordinances saying to keep out. bummer

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Casandra Elliott
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HikingBugsClosedOff trailPrivate propertyRockyScrambleWashed out

Trail hard to find and parts are washed out. You will want to download the map if you want to find the waterfall.

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Tashone Rice
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Falls are definitely worth it and fun to slide down. Also, this trail is going to be close to 10 miles round trip for a heads up. 4.8 miles one way. Download the map! It is easy to take a wrong turn. But if you’re cheap like me then screen shot the general map. Park near the quintette fire station and then walk across the street to the yellow gate (1). Disregard the sign about the Pilot creek falls(2) as its almost misleading. Just follow the road. Left at the first split (3) in the road, there is another logging road that could be considered a split but just stay left passed that also. Then there is another true split in the road and take the right(4), follow the road down passed the switchback. After the switch back it is one more split, take the right again(5), you will cross passed a green gate (6) and soon after that is a logging road/trail (7) that slightly dives down to the left, take it. The trail is only about 100yards in and on the right(8). You will see all the blow down trees (along with intentionally cut down trees to try and block the trail) just follow the best path down and it takes you straight to the falls. I will post pictures with the numbers I put in parentheses of the splits also with arrows on them to help those that don’t want to download. Highly suggest just downloading though haha as we hiked an extra 2 miles or so by accident. Oh and there was a big bear on our way back lol

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Aubrey Carr
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Never found the falls. Trail said closed and the firefighters were very rude in telling us that the trail is not accessible. After some research and from reading the comments here, the trail is NOT closed and there were threats of car towing. It wouldn't actually happen because there were tons of turn offs you can park with ease and there were no "no parking" signs. I would recommend downloading a map you can use without service because it'll be impossible to find without it

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