Willow Creek Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews
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Willow Creek Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bass Lake, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
705 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

Willow creek trailhead starts at Willow creek parking area off of road 274. The trail ends at McLeod Flat road. 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Beware! People are allowed to shoot guns 30 yards away from the top of the loop. Not knowing wtf was happening, we literally ducked for cover behind some rocks and called 911. The sheriff said shooting is legal there as long as they are not shooting at you!

We grabbed the dog and ran. Unbelievable.

16 days ago

We did this hike. There seem to be many starting points. We took one that was more than moderate in difficulty. It was also very steep going down. I thought it was a fun and beautiful hike down to the rock waterfalls. I definitely would not take my kids or dog on this trail. However, I would do the hike again. Lots of bugs.

19 days ago

First hike ever on this trail. Loved it ❤

hiking
22 days ago

Very good recent comments. If you want more 'adventure' then stay on the left (west) side of the creek going upstream. Good bushwhacking & boulder hopping, wereas the east side is a rather boring foothill trail that is not very close to the river. You can manage a crossing in these days/years of low water. The west side becomes impassable as the stream changes direction from N-S to E-W.

2 months ago

Beautiful views. Very difficult to navigate at first, but as soon as we found the trail it was an easy hike. Great for dogs and kids.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views. Parking was confusing because it looked like a driveway so we parked on the road a ways down which made the bugs even worse. But we found the parking on our way back.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this area just be ready for mosquitos.

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Hiked the trail today. Trashy at the bottom. Better as you ascend. Extremely buggy. Swallowed a few till I learned to breathe through my nose! Take a netted hat covering with you just in case.

hiking
5 months ago

There are two trail path. I took the one to the left of the sign. This trail is relatively easy to moderately difficulty but a very enjoyable hike. There are slippery granite areas. Be sure to bring shoes with good tread. Also consider shoes for your dog to protect his paws too. The water was nice and refreshing so bring your suit. Beware of people sun bathing in their birthday suit. Despite the gnats it was enjoy hike. Will come again.

6 months ago

The gnats, flies, and mosquitos are awful right now, (mid August). We almost turned around and went back because they were attacking us so bad, even with a lot of bug spray! The entire trail was swamped with them. We did not have this issues when we came earlier this year in June.

6 months ago

Drove up today, couldn't figure out where to park my Jeep, walked out a bit and ended up at the lake which was nice. No trail marker or trail head... I was hiking alone today so I opted for a few other trails with markers. Disappointed I couldn't find the trail. Will be going back again to figure it out.

hiking
6 months ago

This is honestly my favorite place to go to just get away and relax. The trail is hard to see and find at certain times but you figure it out. There is so much to see and once you're done with your hike you can climb back down and take a swim in the creek. The water is so nice and there are so many beautiful places to find and relax at up the creek. This is my spot, I always have a good time here.

hiking
6 months ago

We did this trail today and had no idea where to start or where to go. There's no trail marker showing where the trail starts, after you park there's at least five pathways that could be trails. We picked one and just started walking. The river and scenery is beautiful there's a lot of places to go swimming. On the way back we found the actual trail... I think. But even that trail is hard to navigate it forks off a lot and disappears completely a few times. I would come back here but just know when you go you're on your own when it comes to navigation.

hiking
7 months ago

come here all the time. one of my top hiking spots. also remember it is a nudist destination so i wouldn't say it is too kid friendly.

hiking
7 months ago

Once you get to where you need to be it's awesome. Only three stars for me because parts of the trail are not clearly marked and you can lose your way. Also for those prone to mosquitos have spray handy!

7 months ago

Very nice place to take good pictures and to spend time highly recommended

7 months ago

The trail is really hard to find/follow at various points. Pretty falls, but bring bug spray as there are tons of flies and gnats and mosquitoes.

7 months ago

Decent trail. Easy to get off the trail and lose your way just a bit. The river was beautiful and was a nice reward after dealing with tons of gnats! My advice is bring plenty of bug spray. The only downer of this trail was the litter that people drop at the parking area and the trail itself. Other than that it was a fun hike.

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