Who the heck is Frankie
I don’t know who Frankie is and this trail definitely doesn’t go to Hollywood. Strange name for a trail but it does have value as a connector trail, a means of getting to some destination as long as it isn’t Hollywood. This trail starts along FR1356 about 1.3 miles from the Cottonwood Trailhead. If you have a Bulldog Canyon Recreational Pass, see permits, you can drive to the Frankie, otherwise park at the Cottonwood Trailhead and walk the 1.3 miles.
This trail heads north and follows an unnamed wash for 1.6 miles where it ends at Cottonwood Wash. At a quarter mile in the Willow Connector Trail enters from the east. The Frankie Goes To Hollywood Trail and the Willow Connector make for some more challenging loop hikes. This trail is also one of the more direct routes to get to central Cottonwood Wash.
From the Cottonwood Trailhead, FR 1356 at 1.3 miles in it crosses a small wash 3 times within a hundred yards, park anywhere alongside the road. Head downstream following the wash. There will be signs of a trail off and on but when in doubt follow the wash. At a quarter mile in, the Willow Connector Trail comes in from the east and the trail becomes easy to see and follow. This portion of the trail appears to be used quite a bit by horses. The trail follows alongside the wash and sometimes in the wash. Watch for the trail exiting the wash. I had no problem locating these exits. Scenery so far is pretty nondescript, low lying hills in a u shaped valley. At 1 mile in the scenery changes, the canyon gets narrower and the trail follows the creek bed as the creek passes through some rock outcrops. Nothing terribly exciting but it is different. Just before the creek enters the narrows if you look up in the rocks to the northwest about half way up the hill there is a small arch. When I reviewed this in my pictures though it looks more like a rock that fell down and formed an arch. At 1.3 miles in the trail exits the creek for the last time to the west. 0.3 miles later the trail ends in Cottonwood Wash.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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