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Willow Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (10)

One of multiple pleasant loops located to the south of the main parking area.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Loop

6,230' 1,899 m

High

6,081' 1,854 m

Low

215' 66 m

Up

215' 66 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This route is fairly short, but provides a great introduction to singletrack trail.

Description

Once you've warmed up on the Fountain Valley Trail, head south to pick up the Willow Creek Trail. This 1.5-mile loop offers a bit more of a challenge while continuing to showcase the best features of the Fountain Valley Trail.

Whether you take the northern side of this loop first, and move clockwise, or head south first to move counter-clockwise, this loop has a lot to offer. The singletrack is narrower than some of the other trails in the area, but isn't rugged enough to deter use. The going is still pleasant, and you'll have incredible views the whole way. The trail meanders in an out of towering sandstone formations, offering views from both sides of the Dakota Hogback. Additionally, a more varied ecosystem provides trees and shrubs to admire, which lend color to the landscape. This loop is especially beautiful in the fall.

While you're out on this trail, you'll notice opportunities to branch off onto the South Rim Trail, which provides access to other trails in the park. Whether you're seeking a longer journey or are content with this loop, you won't be disappointed.

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Shared By:

Mikhaila Redovian

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  3.8 from 10 votes

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Vistors Center
Mar 23, 2018 near Roxboro…, CO
Entrance to Willow Creek Trail
Sep 12, 2018 near Roxboro…, CO
View from the visitor center.
Jun 23, 2019 near Roxboro…, CO

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Apr 22, 2020
Rachel Pierstorff
1.5mi
Jan 26, 2020
Matt Culpepper
Part of South Rim Lollipop 1mi
Jul 25, 2019
Rick Zieser
With Ashley Grace
Jun 9, 2019
Mike Sanders
Apr 14, 2019
Chad Haven
Willow and south rim, nice easy trail, bit muddy and snowy still
Oct 17, 2018
Lesly Doyle
Aug 18, 2018
Rebecca B
Jun 1, 2018
Mike Lemus
1.5mi