Fun "stepping stone" crossings and wide shallow pools of water in sections of the creek offer many opportunities for play.
Need to Know
The parking holds about 28 cars (enlarged from its previous 3). There's a handicapped-access porta-potty (with a permanent toilet coming sometime in 2020).
Before the 2013 flood, the Anne U. White Trail was a favorite of families with children because of the many "stepping stone" creek crossings, and potential stopping places where the stream widened and shallow pools of water offered open invitations to wade and play in the water. With the December 2019 winter season re-opening, it's too early to tell whether the stream will still offer those sandy, wide, areas for play (Spring/Summer updates coming!) , but the stepping stone crossings are back, and the trail currently offers an easy to moderate adventure for hiking families, or a short but interesting and smooth running trail.
From the parking lot, you immediately step across Fourmile Canyon Creek on a few large stable stones that trail maintenance staff provided. You'll encounter approximately 25 similar crossings during the 1.7 mile upstream hike. As you progress, you'll intermittently climb short and somewhat steep sections, often on stone stairs set into the hills. In a few spots, you might want to hold hands with children due to a bit of exposure, but in general the trail is safe for kids to explore with some freedom, and the creek is shallow.
After about 1/2 mile at the ~8th crossing, a short uphill section leads to a stone bench where you might want to stop for a snack, or sit quietly and listen to the trickling water below. When you arrive at the end of the trail, there are some nearby rocks where you can sit and have a little picnic before heading back the way you came.
Trail maps such as Google Maps show the trail extending beyond the 1.7 mile marker, but this is private property. The end of the trail is clearly marked with a sign.
Shared By: Emily Goodin