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DO NOT GO ON THIS TRAIL!!!

This is my favorite trail in the park ... a beautiful example of biological and geological diversity in a desert environment ... and I want to keep it that way! Fortunately, the trail does not appear on the NPS brochure or magazine, and I hope that will keep traffic to a minimum.

As per the trail map on this website, the Willow Hollow trail splits from the main trail (Boy Scouts) and a sign post provides clear definition at the split. Wait for the sign before you go to the right ... don’t think that some of the other visible trails earlier in the trail lead to Willow Hollow … those actually lead to rock climbing sites.

The sign along the trail provides mileage information, but like some of the other trails in this park, our tracker indicated the posted distance is incorrect. It states that the Willow Hole trail is a 2.25 mile trail, but it was actually about 4 miles from the split to the end of Willow Hole and back to the sign. So 2.25 miles is neither the one-way nor the round-trip distance.

After a rain, water begins to flow downhill into the Willow Hollow gully, and provides the occasional moisture that a wide variety of desert plants and animals need to survive. We’re pretty sure we saw coyote tracks in the sand. Birds abound. It also makes the Hollow somewhat cooler than surrounding areas.

I love this place. STAY AWAY!

hiking
7 days ago

Lots of gorgeous views. The trail is clear and well maintained.

I took this trail today the day after a big all day rainstorm that set records in California. The fun thing about this hike was you were actually hiking through a creek for a little less than a half-mile. You get your feet wet no matter what! Nothing scary, I just wish I thought of going barefoot before socks got wet. Beautiful day. If you go all the way through there is a hidden waterfall with a sketchy approach - so I only heard it. You walk through a beautiful valley.

rock climbing
25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is everything great that's been written. Many patches of sand along the trail which make the going slower, true, but the scenery's worth. Bring lunch and have it under the dense shade of the willows. High season's hell to park off Park Boulevard so arrive early. Well worth it.

scenic driving
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

All the hiking here is great

This is a really great hike. It had some of the best open scenery I'd ever seen. The last part of the hike before the turn around was thru sand which became a bit of a workout. There was a basin with some water, non drinkable, but full of toads who were mating. ot was really awesome site

hiking
4 months ago

This is an ok hike in the beginning. The wonderland of rocks is very cool to see. The last leg of the hike of the hike is a slog though through sand. I would stop at the end of the wonderland when the ground gets soft and turn around!

Lots of cool rocks to climb. Take lots of water. Cool place.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago