Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville

Georgetown, California 95634

Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville

Otter Creek Trail to Volcanoville Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This steep miners’ trail is a shorter, tamer version of the Last Chance Trail. Descending steeply into a thickly wooded canyon, the site of a short-lived gold scramble in 1851, the trail climbs to the old mining camp of Volcanoville. On a single-track trail, you will walk through what appears to be an old mining ditch and round the hill through thick forests of Douglas fir, mossy tan oak, toyon, and madrone, a broadleaf tree with very hard yellowish wood and reddish peeling bark. From time to time you will catch views through the trees of the ridge between Otter Creek and Missouri Canyon, jutting like a ship’s prow into the canyon where their waters join."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours.
March through early June is the best time for water displays and wildflowers, but Otter Creek might be hard to cross. June through November promises easier fording. October and November are best for fall colors. Hiking can be good December through February.
Eldorado National Forest, Georgetown Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Georgetown.
Local Maps