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.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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