Washington Hollow Trail
Recommended Trail Users: Hikers
Length: 3.98 miles
Managing Agency: BLM
Mill Creek Access Point—From 1-15 Exit 13 turn left (north) after exiting the off ramp. Continue 0.4 miles and turn right, driving between the “end of road” markers, leaving the pavement. Turn right (north) at 1 mile and continue another 1 mile until reaching the NCA boundary fence (marked by a fence, stepover, and kiosk). Park here off the travelway, and do not block the gate. High clearance vehicles are recommended to reach this access point, and during and after inclement weather, this route may be impassable. Starting from this access requires a hike of 2 miles on the Mill Creek Trail
before reaching the Washington Hollow Trail.
Main Street Access Point—From I-15 Exit 8 turn west onto St. George Blvd. Turn right on 1000 East. Turn right (east) at the traffic light on Red Hills Parkway. Continue heading east, as Red Hills Parkway turns into Buena Vista Boulevard, until reaching Main Street. Turn left (north) on Main Street and continue until it ends at gated dirt road. Park in the shoulder well off the paved road on the left, but do not block the gate. Starting from this access requires a hike of 3.4 miles on the Mill Creek Trail before reaching the Washington Hollow Trail.
Description: From the Mill Creek Access Point, hike 3.4 miles of two-track Mill Creek Trail. There are five pump stations located along Mill Creek Trail. After the last pump station on the right, the trail splits: left to continue north on Mill Creek Trail and right to begin the Washington Hollow Trail. Both trails follow their namesake washes up into the Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness. The trail is not signed beyond this point and is rugged: filled with boulders, brushy, and becomes progressively narrow. It should be considered off-trail travel with the requisite precautions taken (see Note below).
If you plan on any off-trail, or backcountry travel (only allowed once inside wilderness), navigational aids are strongly recommended. Search and rescue operations are not uncommon for hikers lost in this wilderness as distances are deceiving and many people go unprepared for the rugged conditions. Please read Know Before You Go
before venturing off-trail. There is generally no cell phone coverage throughout the wilderness area.