This one has been on my "Wish List" for some time now. I don't have a clue what took me so long to do it.
The 1.7 mile road walk, from the intersection where is splits to go to Maxwell (FR 81E) and Tramway (FR693) is a good warm up for the climb down. We opted to start on the Tramway trail.
It is quite the site to walk the relatively flat FR 693 and to have it end in what appears to be a straight down 800' drop. The views from up here are awe inspiring. It was quite steep and loose in spots going down, but not too bad. I got to hear the story of Joe's last experience on this trail on the way down. The creek at the bottom was quite a site. It was very lush and quiet down there (Other than my hiking partner). We passed up 3 groups camping on the way over to the Maxwell trail area. None of them were serving breakfast anymore.
We pushed past the Maxwell turn a bit to try and get into Willow Canyon. I went to go through a mandatory 30yd wade up to my waist and lost the feeling of everything below the waist
. We decided it best to not go and further and found a nice spot for lunch.
The hike up Maxwell was a lot less steep than the Tramway trail.
This is not a mileage buster hike, but there are a lot of great areas down in that canyon to explore. It's still on my list for further exploration.