Looking for a great trail near Georgetown, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, views trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Auburn State Recreation Area or Spenceville Wildlife Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Cedar Breaks Park or Blue Hole Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Georgetown ranging from 1.8 to 8.3 miles and from 2,234 to 4,143 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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Got slightly off track but completed loop. Beautiful walk.

10/12/2019 started this hike mid morning; there’s a notice regarding the trail being closed *see picture*

1 month ago

Took this trail from east end (off eleven pines rd) trail was completely overgrown and washed out from steep grade and no maintenance for what seems like 10 years. Trail starts in private property (per one sign found on the ground) and continues down steep hillsides that are very loose and leaf covered, buddy and I both took some decent spills. Took us 5 hrs to reach the river (even with GPS) at camp and broken bridge. Once at camp we were able to find an amazing spot with sandy spots for 3 tents. managed to cross the river fairly easy as flow was low and found 2 more camp sites towards pilot creek. Amazing spot with total privacy, will definitely be back in summer to visit the numerous swimming spots. We hiked out the west end of the trail and luckily caught a ride to our car on eleven pines end. In conclusion, DO NOT take trail from east side unless you plan to brush whack and stay on trail with a GPS otherwise you will easily get lost from all the game/hunting trails

2 months ago

Lots of timber operations on the west side of the loop that we had to walk on the road next to it but it was still very nice!

The reviews saying to bring bug spray don't convey quite how miserable the bugs make this hike. This isn't just an ordinary buggy hike - the gnats are relentless. Usually bugs don't bother me too much while I'm moving but these gnats were constantly flying in my eyes, ears, nose, mouth. The scenery might be nice, but I just couldn't tell with the bugs. Very solitary hike and we ran into a bear. And the creek is lovely. But honestly probably not worth it.

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2 months ago

great place to ride when hot at lower altitudes clean manicured trails great staging area incredible views

It’s pretty much a fire road the entire way that has some trees still down. Most importantly...there’s no waterfall to be seen and parking is sketchy as there’s some obvious construction/logging going on.

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4 months ago

This trail is fairly easy for most of the hike until the last section of it. The difficult part of the trail has fallen trees that you have to navigate through and around, its still not hard too hard just pay close attention to where someone else paved the way around. Otherwise a super beautiful hike that isn't too difficult. I highly recommend seeing it at least once!

Locals or just Robert York has removed all signage except for no trespassing. Parked legally on the side of the rd and hiked 80% of the trail, but after attempting a few different “paths” down had to double back and the little one (6) ran out of energy. So we headed back to the car, We will be attempting the hike again after more research on the trail. Beautiful relatively desolate hike, no cell service so know where you are going before you head out there. passed about 8 others on the way back. The US Supreme Court has designated this waterway a public right and the no trespassing ordinance is null and void, Robert York will pursue you with empty treats and treats of towing your vehicle. Park legally and take pictures of your vehicle so if worst case happens you can have legal proof that is admissible in a court of law. But highly doubt any company would tow a legally parked car. Everyone that we talked to was friendly and helpful. Pack out what you pack in and pickup any trash you see.

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 :)

5 months ago

It is open. Locals want you to think it is closed. They do two things. Report you illegally parking (Which alot of people do) and put no trespassing signs. Park legally meaning off roadway and not blocking road or access points. The access points are fire roads. I work as a Firemedic for CalFire. These roads are public easements. Anyone is allowed access via non motorize means. I love the falls and enjoy them regularly. All I ask is pack out what you pack in or more. I usually bring a garbage bag, collect others trash on the way out. Be safe and check depth before attempting to jump or slide. I don't need to do a rescue. Cellphones normally don't work down there. I usually bring a dual band radio. I have only dealt with abrasions and contusions while there. I wouldn't rely on the trail markings. Locals also like to mess with the arrows. Be careful and take pictures of your car. Locals like York might mess with your vehicle. I put a game camera hidden outside my vehicle and see people look at my truck. I think they leave me alone because I have a firefighter plate on my truck.

Pilot Creek Falls is open, not "closed." The California constitution explicitly states that the navigable waters of our great State are free and open to the people in perpetuity, regardless of the status of the surrounding lands. Responsible visitors have enjoyed the Falls many times in the last several years and have never been, and never will be obstructed or given a lawful ticket. Publicly funded UC Berkley is aware that its position is untenable. Therefore, its representative will make threats, but cannot and will not enforce their faux-closure--precisely because they know that enforcement efforts will not be affirmed in court. Therefore...be easy on the land, leave no trace, be aware of the natural and inherent risks of visiting any wild and undeveloped area, and enjoy!

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.”

Robert York is incorrect in being able to Close Public waterfalls by restricting access to private Land. The Supreme court of the United States has previously ruled Public Land and features such as beaches or this case waterfalls and rivers can still be accessed even if it means going through private property. The owner of the private property cannot block access to this site legally. SUPREME COURT CASE ON ACCESS TO A GREENWICH BEACH https://www.cga.ct.gov/2001/rpt/2001-R-0631.htm

Under California law and the constitution Landowners cannot block access to public waterways what Robert York is doing is illegal 1. U.S. constitution grants "Freedom of navigation and the public’s right to use rivers are guaranteed by the Commerce Clause. The congressional Act admitting States to the Union requires that 'all the navigable waters within said State shall be common highways and forever free.'" 2. California State Constitution, Article 10, Section 4 - Forbids individual, joint and corporate landowners from obstructing free navigation. It provides that “the Legislature shall enact such law as will give the most liberal construction to this provision, so that access to the navigable waters of this State shall be always attainable for the people thereof.” It also forbids landowners “to exclude the right of way to [navigable] water whenever it is required for any public purpose.” 3. California Civil Code, Section 830 - States the State’s ownership of tidelands, submerged lands and beds of navigable waterways includes lands laying below the ordinary high water mark of tidal waterways and below the ordinary low water mark of non-tidal waterways. The area between the ordinary high and low water marks on non-tidal waterways is subject to a “public trust easement” which is also under State Lands Commission jurisdiction. These falls and river are NOT PRIVATE LAND AS THE TITLE STATES THEY ARE FREE TO USE AND ACCESS PER OUR CONSTITUTION AND ROBERT YORK IS BREAKING THE CONSTITUTION BY RESTRICTING ACCESS https://law.justia.com/constitution/california/article_10.html

Did this trail in Dec 2018 from Rubicon Rd. Trail is slightly overgrown going down to the river, but not too badly, with the leaves off the brush at this time of year. Looks very lightly used. The trail across the river is accessible only by crossing the river-slippery and cold- but the trail on the other side is very overgrown. You have to follow it carefully to avoid getting sidetracked on game trails. Didn't make it all the way to the end due to late start and lack of light. Big climb on way back up to trailhead. Nice, secluded hike.

Thu Nov 08 2018

Nice wilderness trail, didn't see any mountain lions.

Steep rocky climbs. Small creek at the beginning/end. There were several areas where the trail was not clearly marked.

Jill B trespassed with her daughter, violating private property laws. She appears to have made it through without being caught, but most do not. Ongoing work to what was the trail is making access more difficult. The falls are patrolled and the Sherrif's office helps with enforcement. Do not assume that you can make it without being caught.

Tue Jul 10 2018

WATCH OUT FOR MOUNTAIN LIONS ON THIS TRAIL. My dog (a German Shepherd) and I were hiking this trail a few days ago and we were stalked and lunged at by a mountain lion. The only reason I’m even alive to leave this review is because my dog attacked the mountain lion as it lunged for me and scared it off. The forestry service is working on finding the lion (they have found numerous signs that it’s been hanging out around that trail), but until then be extremely cautious!

I did this hike with my daughter and had a wonderful time. The only difficult area is just before you get to the falls, where it becomes a steep climb. Bring a picnic lunch as the falls area is great for hanging out and playing in the water just be sure to pack your garbage back out with you.

The falls are still closed and it is being enforced with coordination between the Sheriff's Department and the private landowners who own the land over which the trail trespasses. There is no legal way to access the falls. Thanks for your cooperation.

Ok so are you able to hike this still cause it looks like some reviews are from just a couple of months ago.. it was such an awesome summer place to go when I was younger.

Fri Apr 13 2018

I give this about 3.5 really. The drive there was super rough; of course I do have a civic (which sucks for dirt roads, I know), but it's still a very muddy and bumpy road getting there, and parking is unmarked and tough to figure out where exactly to do so. The hike itself is pretty steep, but pretty and veeery quiet, which I love. It's not usually crowded (I ran into nobody on my recent trek), probably because the drive there sucks, but it's a fun yet steep path that leads to a cute little spot to listen to Otter Creek and picnic on the rocks. :) Just know you'll be tired on the way back up, it's an a** kicker.. Enjoy! P.S. - In the summer, especially, bring bug spray.

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.

This is a rockhounders dream. This area is also known as Traverse Creek Special Interest area and is owned by the Forest Service. This area has beautiful serpentine rocks, but they do contain asbestos, so don’t pulverize them (asbestos particles are harmful). There is free parking, but not a lot. The road to this spot is super twisty, so be prepared for that.

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