Burnt Willow Canyon

MODERATE 1 reviews

Burnt Willow Canyon is a 3 mile out and back trail located near Gooding, Idaho and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until June.

3.0 miles Out & Back


6 years ago

Only gave this a three star as when we hiked it there was no green vegetation left as the spring runnoff had ceased and the trail was hot around 95 at the trailhead and further up the canyon got hotter as had no breeze, very dusty and the only wildlife were rattlesnakes that makes it a long walk with my wife. Will go back early this spring as we have heard the creek is very beautiful during runnoff. Located about 15 miles north of Gooding or 15 miles south of Fairfileld on state highway 46 dont use the little city of rocks turnoff as it is easier to locate if you turn west across the road from Turkey Lake Road and just stay on the dirt road heading northwest until it ends in burnt willow canyon, there was a sign laying on the ground probably knocked over by the cows as the parking area ground was coved with cowpie, great big ones so must be giant cows there. First part of the hike is fairly difficult as you have to navigate around or hop over some fairly large rocks then the canyon narrows down while exposing some multicolored hoodoos until it widens out again and the willows the canyon is named for comes into view, this is where we stopped as my wife could hear multiple buzzing on the trail ahead and were not snake people Very good views of hoodoos up on the little city of rock hills would have made an excellent sunset picture with a zoom, drove thru there but seems to be an atv area as probably 20 of them zoomed by us, there are supposed to be petroglyphs on some of the rocks but didnt find any, will definately come back and explore more but will keep a better eye on the season.