Take the short cut
This is a short 0.6 mile connector trail that links middle Rough N Ready Trail to the Willow Springs Canyon Trail just north of Willow Springs Basin. Being a connector trail it is a good candidate for larger loop hikes.
Access to this trail from the west is along the Rough N Ready Trail. The Rough N Ready trail at this junction is up high on the east side of the creek so if you are walking in the creek at this point you will not see this junction. The crossover trail climbs out of the Rough N Ready Canyon and onto a flat shallow ridge that separates it from Willow Springs Canyon. Total elevation gain from this direction is less than 100 feet. At about 0.3 miles in the trail drops into Willow Springs Canyon with an elevation change of 180 feet over 0.3 miles. There are rock Cairns on each end of the trail to mark the trail starts. This trail looks to be heavily used and therefore easy to follow. While there are not any really spectacular views from this trail being it is a low ridge, the Rock formations to the north caught my eye.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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