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Angel Falls via Willow Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Sierra National Forest

Angel Falls via Willow Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bass Lake, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 606 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Scramble Closed Off trail
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. There are two trailheads, one on the west side of the creek and one on the east side of the creek. You must cross bridge to access east side trailhead which is the proper trail. If starting on west side of Willow Creek, there is potentially dangerous creek crossing to reach the upper portion of the trail head at Devil's Slide. The two main attractions to Willow Creek trail are Angel Falls and Devil's Slide. The rocks in this area are extremely slippery, so be careful.

Bass Lake Ranger District 57003 Road 225 North Fork, CA 93643 (559) 877-2218

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mari pinedo
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Rock climbingGreat!Rocky

very nice trail, very hands on hiking, the waterfall was beautiful n the water cold but I still jumped in

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Jessica Rodriguez
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Hiking

Very beautiful trail & so much too see & enjoy! I do recommend bug spray!

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Corazon Allyn
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with great friends!!

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Tabura Ohana
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Hiking

It was a very scenic hike, with manageable elevation changes. Very good for beginners!

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Amee Yescas
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HikingBugs

This hike has LOTS of bugs! Make sure you wear a great big spray or else you’ll spend the whole hike swatting them away. Also, found a tick crawling on me. The annoyance of the bugs caused us to turn around midway so didn’t make it to the top. Go early to beat the crowd because there’s a lot of foot traffic. And, there is way too much trash! Please pick up after yourselves because this ruins nature and other people’s experiences.

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Glenn Hart
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lucas lopez
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Hiking

Hella bugs but nice view

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Jamie Lara
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HikingBugsGreat!

We had to use the parking pass the main area. We didn’t have a 4X4. A little confusing in the beginning but the experience was beautiful. Made it to Devils Slide. Watch your step. Wet or not you will slip. TAKE DEET BUG SPRAY you’ll need it.

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Jaime Rheude
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I just did this hike yesterday. We went early in the morning. Not crowded at all. People do not pick up their trash, and it’s really sad to see such beauty being trashes by careless people. To all the people who have complained about this hike having “mosquitoes” & “Poision Oak”....... this is NATURE! Stay on the trail and spray yourself with bug repellent. Educate yourself on Poision plants in the area. The hike was a nice workout! The water is crisp and cool. The waterfall is majestic. Be very careful on the WET ROCKS because they are very slippery. All in all this was soooooo wonderful! Do it!

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Suni Murata
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Hiking

Yeap like others said there are poison oaks and mosquitoes. However It's a great hike! Up and down small hills, trail through the woods, trail next to the creek, pond, water holes, etc

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Jamie Lara
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Arrived here @7:45 to get our hiking on. Had to pull out the mosquito repellent almost immediately. We immediately crossed a bridge (east/right side), then crossed back over west/left side) of the stream to find a maze of trails. Many trails later we finally find a dirt road up top. Totally thinking we scored by finding this but no. After walking awhile we now stood in what looked like bear country. So we turned around and decided to come back down to cross over the creek again, this time pass Angels Falls. Best decision of the day. We had brunch on the rocks literally in the creek. Butterflies fluttering all around. BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO BE. Samson (my dog) did great as well. After a good rest, we now are on the (right/east side) of the creek, headed towards our destination Devil’s Slide, AND on the correct trail. Once we reached Devils Slide there was so many pools of water. Dangerous on the rocks. I managed to slip three times, twice was straight on my butt. Thankfully none of those slips landed me down stream. The trail back was so much easier. Shaded much of our entire hike. Never seen the bear that left it’s poo on the dirt road. Must do it again, without the trail confusion.

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Elisabeth Freeman
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Hiking

Bring a trash bag next time too many rides

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Adriana Navarrete
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HikingOff trail

Great swimming holes. Slippery so be sure to have a good grip in your water shoes. The hiking trail is pretty steep too so be sure to do a lot of uphill cardio. WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK!

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Angel Cervantes
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HikingGreat!

Very nice trail. Not to hard of a trail and plenty of swimming holes. Check out video to see trail: https://youtu.be/P2GbHWMrYoM

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Logan User
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Bugs

trailhead is not marked so using Google maps will take you somewhere else. use map provided in alltrails. lots of nice swimming spots. lots of thrash everywhere. seen a bunch of Modelo cans, diapers, water bottles through out the trails. sad that these lazy assholes are fucking up this nice place.

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joseph gollub
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Amazing. So many pools to swim in!

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Carol Turner
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Beautiful water! Such an amazing experience to swim and drink from the natural falls and pools!

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Kathleen Le
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Awesome!

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Jeremiah Bauman
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Hiking

Way too crowded and way too much garbage. Parking is difficult too.

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Kenny Chang
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Hiking

Follows the river and waterfalls, with many spots where you can dive in and enjoy the refreshing clear water. Parking is a bit limited though, and it gets a little crowded especially on the initial loop part of the trail. Lots of people basking at the base of the falls.

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Isabel Lujan
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I do not recommend this trail with small children. There is poison oak/ivy and the rocks are polished/slippery. The rocks are part of the trail. I didn’t make it very far because I had my infant child in back carrier and was afraid to slip. No trail head at the base. Not sure if there is a sign further into the trail.

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Richard Rojo
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HikingBugsScramble

This hike passes through some beautiful scenery and Angel Falls is well worth the trip. That said, there is an appalling amount of trash along this trail. The first section of trail from the trailhead parking is poorly marked and involves walking along a busy road, then scrambling up a rocky road embankment. Bring bug spray.

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Lydia Susi
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I didn’t even take this trail, I stopped by the lake first.... Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL lake / mountains / wildlife, but the DISGUSTING / FOUL and UNDESERVING pieces of SH!T that are leaving SO MUCH TRASH around the area, made me not EVEN WANT to attempt the trail and get my heart broken more by my wavering faith in humanity. I concur with Jayson.... 100%

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Andre Ramirez
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Kelsey Robin
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HikingBugs

Beautiful not to difficult with lots of water to see! A bit uneven with some slipper spots (would recommend hiking shoes/boots if you have them, I wore my tennis shoes but wish I’d worn my boots). Dog friends and doable for our three legged mutt! Bring your bug spray! Parking could definitely be difficult with a low bottom, our CRV had some difficulty but got us there.

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Courtney Melio
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