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Bloody Rock Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 2,280 Feet (710.7 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 530 Feet (165.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 3 Miles (5.0 Kilometers)

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General Description

Bloody Rock Trail is a 3 mile easy trail with a starting elevation of 2,280 feet. The trailhead is located in the Eel River area adjacent to Road 20N01 within the State Game Refuge. This is a one-way trail that runs through glades and passes near historic Bloody Rock before entering a wooded area. The trail ends at the Eel River. There are several backpack camps along the Eel River.

Following the murder of an early settler in Gravelly Valley, the massacre of 65 Native American men in the Cabbage Patch-Bloody Rock area gave rise to the outcrop's name.

Directions from Ukiah: Travel 6 miles north on US Hwy. #101, turn right (east) onto California Hwy#20 and travel for 5 miles. Turn onto County Road #240 and travel 26 miles northeast to Lake Pillsbury. Take Forest Route #20N01 around the Lake and travel to the junction of 20N01 and 19N30. The trailhead is just past the junction on the right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Jenny Williams (San Francisco, CA)
Time of Day: 5:00pm
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This was a great trail for an overnight backpack trip. Mostly downhill on the way in and uphill on the way out. Found a great camp site at the end of the trail. We noticed a fork to the left before we descended to our camp, but we did not explore it. It was unclear where exactly Bloody Rock was, but the scenery was beautiful and we saw lots of garter snakes in the river and a bald eagle. Saw lots of coyote or big cat scat on the trail but didn't see or hear them.
Conditions: We went in July and the weather was pretty hot (in the 90s). Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated while hiking. We did not take our rain fly for the tent and we would have preferred lighter sleeping bags (mine is rated at 15 F). We had a campfire and the downed wood was very dry and easy to light. Be VERY careful with campfires during the summer.
Water Availability: We brought 2 liters each. The water was clear and we filtered it for our hike out the next day. The Eel River was pretty calm as it was late in the season and we were able to swim in a couple deep pools near the camp site.
Recommended Clothing: T-shirt and pants for hiking through the brush. Shorts for hanging out around camp. Took a fleece but didn't need it. Would suggest taking a light long sleeve shirt just in case during the summer.
Suggested Accessories: The ranger recommend a bear canister or rope for hanging food. There was rope at our site already and we hung our food, but didn't see any bears.

Filed By: Marcia Wright (Cobb Mtn, Lake County, CA)
Time of Day: 5:30 pm
Length of Time: n/a
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: A pleasent trail with much wildlife to view and a beautiful river as the finale. There is a spur trail that is hard to spot which goes right up on Bloody Rock itself. Look for a cairn-rock- marking on the rightside just as you leave the grassy meadow area. The trail does fork and either choice is a nice one with camping spots along the Eel River. The forks are the steepest sections of the entire trail.
Conditions: The conditions were mild as it had not rained in a week although the wood was still damp so had a hard time getting the fire started. There was considerable dew on the tent the next morning so I would definitely recommend a rainfly or tarp covering of some sort. If you take the left fork to the river and are really adventurous, there is a deer trail continuing up the hill on the right(if you didn't cross the river)that will reward you with a STUNNING view of a Class VI rapids that are just around the bend after Cold Creek convergence. We went in early spring after alot of rainfall so the river was still quite swollen and violent.
Water Availability: Plenty of water but we treated it for the return trip as there was alot of silt and mud from recent storms.
Recommended Clothing: Mild weather clothes for the day and warmer layers in rhe evening. The night was very cold although I was not unconfortable in my Duofold midweights.
Suggested Accessories: Camera Camera Camera

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Backpacking is available on this trail.
ICON Hiking & Walking Bloody Rock Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Horseback riding is available on this trail.
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Bloody Rock
ICON Rivers & Streams Eel River
ICON Viewing Wildlife Upper Lake Ranger District

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California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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