Willow Creek Road Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

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 best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

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4 months ago

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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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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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4 months ago

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.

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8 months ago

Very pretty and very wet!

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Monday, March 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!