Willow Creek Trail

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Willow Creek Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bass Lake, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

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
4 days ago

The creek is beautiful Flowing high and full! I couldn't cross the creek but saw many people on the other side. Including mountain bikers. There must be access on the other side.

Walked the trail yesterday with our Cub Scout Pack. It was a beautiful day wick made the walk even better. There was a geocache nearby but seemed a bit to risky with the kids to get, will try again without them.

7 days ago

Beautiful landscape . The creek is remarkable right now ! Nice walk along it :) got a little loss so we ended up crossing this tree over the river with steps hammered to it then going through a little rough terrain to get to our right path. It was more exhilarating though that way haha . Lovely moment the whole way despite getting out of breath a few times . Bring lots of snacks and water :) as it is harsh in warmer weather if you don't have any :)!

hiking
16 days ago

Great waterfalls at the top. However, I've done this hike multiple times and still seem to lose the trail here and there. Bring a bathing suit. River is cold and fast but extremely refreshing. I personally don't mind but if you've got kids beware that there's some nudity in the summer months.

22 days ago

Nice spots higher up. Less people too.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful hike! Very fun. If you go anytime soon, choose the path to the right. The one to the left crosses the river at one point, but the water is too high to do so. Take a bathing suit, the water feels amazing.

24 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

1 month ago

A nice cool down hike after a week of more moderate hikes.

Pros:
-Near the water the entire hike
-Interesting cascading water
-Few people

Cons:
-Mosquitos when stopped
-Dozens of small flies swarming when hiking

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Only complaint was that sometimes the trail was not clearly visible. Waterfalls worth the trip for sure.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice hike but I wish there were more indicators or clearer trails. Kind of tough to find the trails at times.

hiking
3 months ago

this trail is awesome, great views and not too difficult. However, there are some areas that require climbing and some areas are slippery because of fallen leaves and rocks. The beginning of the trailhead is very poorly marked and it is easy to lose the trail. Once you get on the main trail it is pretty clear but it is a good idea to use GPS. Beautiful scenery and vista points and a very enjoyable walk.

3 months ago

Breathtaking waterfalls, steer clear of the poison oak!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views,trail is close to water falls, nice hike, not too strenuous, but good exercise

hiking
4 months ago

Willow creek is a great place to cool off in the summer time. The hike could be done in an hour but you'd want to stay and hang out by some of the small waterfalls. Winter/rainy months offer impressive water flows, be careful.