Traverse Creek Waterfall

  • June 8, 2014 · 8:00 AM
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UPDATE: FYI, there is no official host for this event. Please keep an eye out for your fellow meetup members if you like, or just enjoy the event.

"This is a short hike for beginners, young kids are welcome on this one. [please use your best judgement when determining your child's ability.]

Distance @3 mile round trip.

Some Steep parts along the way.

Perhaps aptly named as Traverse Creek, this little gem in the foothills near Placerville is more a fun walk, with most of the hike being a traverse along a tributary. Either way it's an incredibly clean waterfall with nice pools above and below."

From a blogger:

"Distance: about 3 miles out and back.
Elevation: [masked] feet
Difficulty: Short hike, but I would rate it difficult due to the steep areas and the ropes and metal cable used for descending and climbing.  Gloves on a hot day help your grip on the cable.
Driving Directions: Take Traverse Creek Road east off of Highway 193, between Porter Ranch Road and Red Berry Hill Lane, southeast of Georgetown.  Follow Traverse Creek Road staying to the left at Spanish Flat Road.  The creek will run along the east side of the road.  When you see the small creek bridge ahead of you, there's a small confluence of two creeks.  Park by the side of the road.  The trail will head south east of the road and seems to go away from the creek.  There is a photo of the map at the bottom of this article.

Advisories: This hike is fun but is steep in a couple of places, again, requiring rope or cable for safety.  The ground is often dry hard packed dirt with little if anything to grip your feet onto.  The other note is if you are sensitive to poison oak, this is not the hike for you.  It is every bit as lush and beautiful as could be and pretty toxic for the allergic.  You don't have to creek cross if you are choosing to play at the bottom of the falls.  The pool is absolutely wonderful for swimming.  I cannot imagine taking children here."

* Previous expeditions by this group to this spot took children and did just fine. you can see the event and photos here: but please use your best judgement when determining your child's ability, event organizer is not responsible for injury or if you need to turn back for any reason.


From the Hwy #49 / #50 junction in Placerville, drive north on Hwy 49 for 0.7 miles to Hwy #193. Turn right (towards Georgetown), and drive 7.6 miles to Spanish Flat Rd. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to Traverse Creek Rd. Turn right and drive 0.9 miles to the first bridge crossing (over an unnamed creek). Park along the side of the road. The trail is on the south side of the bridge heading downstream.

Another link to info about this location:

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading to Castle Peak to find some heat relief.

    June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    no one stepped up as host, and I can't do this date. I will leave it up for anyone who wants to go for it. I will reschedule for another time as well, but removing myself as host.

    June 6, 2014

  • Karla

    My husband is my guest so I don't know if I needed to add him or if it's implied

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    May need to reschedule this.. Let me know if someone else wants to take over as host in order to keep it on this date...

    December 17, 2013

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