Willow Creek Road Trail

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Occidental, California

Willow Creek Road Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Occidental, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,099 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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NOTE: This trail is close to private property - make sure to pay attention to the signage to stay within the trail.

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1 month ago

Beautiful and peaceful. If you take a pup make sure to check for ticks. We have a small Dow and she had 4 burrowing in deep.

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2 months ago

Accidentally walked into a private mountain biking area that was tricky to get out of, don’t follow his path!

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Has anyone seen a bob cat out here before? My dog chased something that looked like a smaller possibly baby bobcat? It was crazy but I have a Great Dane well over 100 lbs so I believe it was more scared of my pup. Over all great hiking spot. Loved it

A lovely West County forest hike. A number of longer loops are also available off of this loop. A good summer hike as it's mostly shaded but easily passable in the winter also, though muddy in places.

recorded Willow Creek Road Trail

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

End of Willow Creek Road to lower barn to upper barn to trail from Coleman Valley back to Willow Creek. Great trail. All up hill in the beginning, mostly unshaded for that part, rest is all downhill in gorgeous redwoods.

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11 months ago

Confusing signage and easy to stray onto private property. Accidentally crashed a private mountain biking event and the guests were not very pleased. The views are great and it's a nice blend of shade and sun.

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Wed Apr 17 2019

First 20 Minutes are the sweeping views that the other reviews rave about, they are stunning. The rest of the hike is a slight descend in a mostly covered area. Lots of talks about Ticks in the other reviews, me and my pup didn’t have any but we stayed on the trail. Overall great hike if you have a dog, trail is plenty wide to stay out of the high grass tick environment. Will definitely do again.

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Mon Jul 02 2018

A nice mellow stroll down an out n back. Some really beautiful sweeping views of the valleys out here. Just be warned there are ALOT of ticks this time of year in the tall grasses especially on the last mile of this route. I would maybe skip the end for this reason. At least during this time of year. Especially if your out with your pups.

Sun May 20 2018

It is a pretty easy hike. I hiked 4 mi in then return, so 8 mi total. Slopes gently downhill for first 3.5 mi then flat. Uphill almost all the way back to gate. Lots of wildflowers. Mostly shaded once you get into the trees. Only saw 5 mountain bikers, and 2 hikers. Wide trail/dirt road.

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Mon May 14 2018

The trail is not marked clearly. There are two trails that branch of the main one that have high grasses and narrow walking area. We stuck to the main walkway to avoid ticks..... ended up plucking 12 of the dog. Overall I wouldn’t recommend this hike.... if you do it , leave the dog at home.

Tue Apr 17 2018

One of my favorite trails ever, especially on a Monday...you have the whole place to yourself! With epic ocean views, rolling green hills, wildflowers, wildlife tracking & viewing, trickling streams and waterfalls, dog friendly... it's perfect!

Tue Feb 13 2018

Beautiful hike, however need to start earlier in the morning. Did not get a chance to finish it. Probably did half the hike and had to turn around.

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Mon Oct 23 2017

This trail is great for those looking for a nice, moderate jaunt. Out and back around 7 miles, it has a fair amount of uphill and downhill and that trail is wide and easy to identify. This hike goes through beautiful redwood groves and has plenty of coverage. There are some exposed portions of the trail, but that typically do not last long and the views of the coast during these portions are usually spectacular. Bonus that I can bring my pup along as well! My only complaint was that the Willow Creek Road Trail wasn't terribly well marked once you get on the trail. We ended up going a different direction off the trail marked here on the website before realizing 20 minutes later. Weather was perfect and the leaves on some of the deciduous trees were starting to change!

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Sun Jun 18 2017

Great trail for a hot summer day - at least 93 in Santa Rosa but it was a balmy 80 at the start of the hike. Nice long downhill- nothing awful coming back up the trail however a few steeper sections so wear some good support shoes. A friend went with us in a pair of Nikes and got blisters on the balls of her feet.

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Sat May 27 2017

Uplifting awesome walk that opens into mellow meadows amidst rolling hills with views far and beyond. The track narrows and moves down into thickly wooded areas with bubbling streams of water and colorful wildflowers. The track moves between these environments steadily but gently moving deeper into the forest. It has an enchantment that made me just want to keep following that track.

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Thu May 25 2017

Drive west from Occidental on Willow Creek Rd, and park near the gate. After the gate the paved road quickly turns into a wide trail. Initially there is a wonderful vista of the valley looking towards the coast. Quickly, the view becomes more forested with second or third growth Redwoods. A pleasant hike for a hot summer day. A few miles in I suggest taking the Upper Old Barn Trail which follows an open grassy ridge, heading North by Northwest. Soon, vistas open up and the goal of this hike presents itself rather nicely. You'll pass fences, an old barn (da), and soon a trail intersection. Take Seven Springs Trail east and you will keep going higher along another ridge. You'll be rewarded again with incredible panoramic vistas to the west and south west. The ridge across the valley has Coleman Valley Rd hidden just out of view. Coastal fog may tease you. You may see several culverts along the way. They are the Springs. I didn't count Seven, but I was distracted by the view. More Redwoods, some long exposed open fields (so bring water and a hat). Watch out for ticks and snakes as there are a lot of grassy fields. The trail will return you to Willow Creek Rd just near the gate. It's a great loop.

Mon Feb 13 2017

Very pretty and very wet!

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Mon Mar 31 2014

Good trails nice and wide. Little muddy after the rain. Few small trees on path so watch out. Will go all the way to willow side rd but you meet a locked gate. From trail head to willow side road and back about 4 hours with few brakes nothing too extreme. Coleman trail little more narrow and is just a cut off from the man. I going northwest on that due to northeast being mostly uphill. Any questions let me know! Have fun!

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