“A well-used lower portion of Willow Creek Trail. Few hike the more secluded trail above Angel Falls.”
— Lindsey Hubert Roberts
This shorter route is a nice start to the full Willow Creek Trail
. This track will take you to Angel Falls where you can take a break on the granite and enjoy a picnic or continue on for a longer outing.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers
Need to Know
Parking in the dirt lot can be tight. This trail connects to the main Willow Creek Trail
if you're feeling brave enough to cross!
A nice start to the full Willow Creek Trail
, this hike will take you to Angel Falls where you can picnic on the granite or continue your hike if you feel like a longer outing. Along the way, you may encounter a bit of poison oak along the trail, plenty of mosquitoes, and blood thirsty midges. A head net may be wise in the earlier morning and afternoon - these guys can make mosquitoes seem pretty tame on a bad day. There may be a few nude sunbathers since there are several very secluded swimming holes both above and below the falls.
The water is extremely cold and fast, and the granite has been polished smooth by the water. Wear good shoes with tread on them and maybe consider some trekking poles as well. At least one person has been killed along this waterway every year for the past several years at least. Water is usually warm enough and calm enough after the 4th of July holiday, but the rock are always slippery. Dogs are required to be under voice control per Sierra National Forrest Regulations. The upper trail has some fencing.
Flora & Fauna
Oak, manzanita, lady bugs, poison oak, irises, lupine and miner's lettuce.