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Willis Creek

Willis CreekDescription: An easy canyon hike with several nice stretches of narrows. Hiking is in the sandy/gravelly wash bottom. This is a good hike for families or casual hikers.

Type of Trip: Best as a day hike. Could be combined with Sheep Creek for a long loop day hike or with other routes for a backpacking trip. This is a suitable route for horses.

Mileage: 2.2 miles one-way to junction with Sheep Creek

Trailhead Location: Drive 2.9 miles south of Cannonville on the paved Cottonwood Road (400). Turn right on to the Skutumpah Road (500). Continue 6.0 miles west on Skutumpah to Willis Creek. Park at a well-used flat area on the right (west) side of the road.

Water Availability/Hiking in Water: Perennial flow usually 1-2 inches deep at the trail head. Water can be up to12" deep in pools, but you can generally avoid getting your feet wet. Water becomes intermittent about 0.5 mile down the canyon. Filter or treat all water before using. The lower end of Willis Creek is dry. Hikers should carry adequate amounts of water.

Obstacles/Technical Features: None

Safety Concerns: Hikers must be cautious if hiking here during flash flood season, especially in the narrows. Hikers should carry adequate amounts of water.

Maps: USGS 7.5 minute quad: Bull Valley Gorge

Willis Creek Map


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