Pilot Creek Falls (University Falls)
Description of Falls
Pilot Creek Falls (a.k.a University Falls) are undeveloped wildlands overseen by UC Center for Forestry. Access may be PROHIBITED ANY TIME.
Due to impacts on research,
THE FALLS AREA, INCLUDING THE FOOT PATH TO THE FALLS, IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
ACCESS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED
THERE IS NO LEGAL ACCESS VIA PUBLIC LANDS
Several issues and hazards exist:
- The route leading to the falls passes through public and private lands. Land surrounding the falls is PRIVATE. The trail to the falls is undeveloped and can be very hazardous.
- Getting to the falls involves a 5.4 mile round trip along dirt roads and an unimproved trail. The elevation change is 1200 feet and involves a steep ascent.
- Several injuries and fatalities have occurred. Slippery rocks and the slippery trail have also caused injuries.
- Water may be unsafe for drinking and swimming from upstream contamination.
- Emergency response may take 2 or more hours. There is no cellular reception at or en route to the falls.
- Street side parking is limited. Illegal parking (in Quintette or across white lines) can lead to your vehicle being cited and likely towed at your expense.
- There are no restrooms or garbage service at or along the route to the falls.
Several local and legal alternatives exist:
Stumpy Meadows Reservoir (swimming, boating)- 5 miles east on Wentworth Springs Road
Rubicon River at Elicott's crossing (swimming, rocks, hiking)- 12 miles East on Wentworth Springs Road, 4.5 miles north on 11 Pines Road.
Bassi Falls (water falls)- 20 miles East on Wentworth Springs Road, 9 miles South on Ice House Road