Willow Creek Trail #236 - Prescott NF, AZ | HikeArizona
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Willow Creek Trail #236 - Prescott NF, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,423 feet
Elevation Gain -1,299 feet
Accumulated Gain 220 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.18
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🔥 2021 Tiger Fire36.1 mi*

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Hike begins at Coal Camp Spring and meanders south to Willow Creek and the Willow Spring.

Willow Creek Trail #236 travels along a steep drainage where manzanita, juniper, and oak grow up from a thick carpet of grasses and wildflowers. This is excellent habitat for bear and there may be signs of these large mammals—rolled rocks, tracks, or scat—on the trail. From the drainage, Trail #236 emerges onto Joe’s Ridge and crosses along its top before winding down to Willow Creek, more than 1,200 feet below the trailhead. This trail, which must be hiked out and back, is one of several in the Castle Creek Wilderness. Encompassing over 25,000 acres, this wilderness area on the eastern slopes of the Bradshaw Mountains is characterized by extremely rugged topography.

This trail lies within the Castle Creek Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace. As of July 2010 the uppermost portion of this trail is overgrown and may be difficult to follow. Rock cairns show the way.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Prescott
    The best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, especially in winter. From the Hwy 69/89 intersection, travel 15 miles on Hwy 69S to Hwy 169N. Continue on Hwy 69S 11.3 miles to Main Street, on the right. Turn onto Main Street and proceed to the junction with Antelope Creek Road (also CO 74). Turn left onto Antelope Creek Road and go approximately 7.2 miles to the community of Cordes. Continue straight as the road becomes FR 259. Continue on FR 259 for 20.4 miles, through Cleator, to Crown King. Travel another 0.6 miles to the junction with FR 52. Keep left and take FR 52 for 6 miles to the Horsethief Recreation Area.
    Continue 1.8 miles past Kentuck Campground to FR 696. Bear left onto FR 696 and travel 1.6 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is poor. Road conditions are dirt after leaving Hwy 69. High clearance and 4WD are recommended for the last stretch of FR 52 and FR 696.

    From Phoenix
    From I-17 Bumble Bee Exit 248
    34.3 miles - About 1 hour 56 mins
    1. Head southwest on Bloody Basin Rd toward Antelope Creek Rd 3.4 mi
    2. Turn left onto Antelope Creek Rd/Forest 259 Rd 2.8 mi
    3. Continue straight onto Crown King Cut Off 0.9 mi
    4. Turn right onto Bumble Bee Rd/Crown King Rd/Forest 259 Rd
    Continue to follow Crown King Rd/Forest 259 Rd 0.9 mi
    5. Slight left to stay on Crown King Rd/Forest 259 Rd
    Continue to follow Forest 259 Rd 16.4 mi
    6. Continue straight onto S Senator Hwy 3.3 mi
    7. S Senator Hwy turns slightly left and becomes Horse Thief Rd 4.8 mi
    8. Turn right to stay on Horse Thief Rd 1.8 mi
    GPS Route for drive
    page created by The_Eagle on Jun 24 2010 10:26 pm

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