This trail is reached from the West Fork Road (FDR 535) by turning onto FDR 726 (through the Fish Creek Ranch gate) and continuing another 1½ miles to the Fish Creek State Wildlife Area. The first 1½ miles of the trail follows Fish Creek,and takes you to National Forest land. After the trail crosses Little Fish Creek, it begins to skirt Black Mesa. It is a consistent, gentle climb around to Willow Creek, which flows in from the east, with the trail swinging around to the north to the 8½-mile mark. From there, the trail climbs out of the canyon, up the side of Black Mesa, to FDR #404, which will take you to FDR #611 and Dunton. As the name implies, there is usually good trout fishing in Fish Creek.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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