Oaks and Willows Trail is a 12 mile out and back trail located near Prescott, AZ. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Prescott: Take the Williamson Valley Road north from town. Stay on this road (FR 6) for 38 miles to the junction with FR 95. Turn west on FR 95 for about 1.5 miles to the Walnut Creek Station. From here travel west on FR 150 for about 6 miles to the trail. FR 150 dead-ends at a locked gate; at this point it is difficult to turn around. Instead of parking here, travel only as far as the Locked Gate Ahead sign, which is just 0.3 miles past the Trail #3 (Oaks and Willows) turnoff. Turn around here, and backtrack to the trailhead.To reach the east trailhead, take FR 150 east from the Walnut Creek Station for 2 miles to FR 6. Take FR 6 north for 7 miles to FR 7; take FR 7 southwest for 6 miles to the Pine Springs trailhead at the end of the road.
This trail is in the Juniper Mesa Wilderness. The vegetation varied so much on this trail it felt like three trails in one. It begins with a moderate ascent, followed by some steep switchbacks that take you up to the Mesa. On the Mesa you will travel north a long stretch of level trail before dropping down into a canyon. Once in the canyon the long stretch is dominated by ponderosas until you reach the parking for the other end of the trail. The long stretches up in the Mesa and down in the Canyon were unvaried so they seemed very long. Overall this is a beautiful hike. But even more so was the VERY scenic drive to get there which was more inspiring to me than the trail itself. I included some photos while en route.