Willow Dells Trail and Beyond! March 9, 2009Posted by Dave Of Prescott in Adventure Recreation, Day Hiking, trails.
Tags: day hike, Granite Dells, Prescott, Willow Dells Trail, Willow Lake
On Sunday afternoon, I met Tracie at Willow Lake after we had each gone on seperate mountain bike rides.
We set out for an afternoon day hike on the newly complete Willow Dells Trail. It is a 2 mile loop that meanders through, over and around part of the infamous Granite Dells area adjacent to Willow Lake.
We followed the trail in a counterclockwise direction, enjoying the scenery and marvelling at how some very good technical mountain bikers actually ride the trail. There are all kinds of places that are hard enough to hike let alone bike!
Somewhere along the way we decided to follow what looked like a game trail almost directly east toward Willow Creek. We hiked down a narrow drainage and eventually came out at the creek, but quite a ways below the dam. We crossed over and walked out on the newly created paved road that is part of a new development (though there are no houses in this part of it yet). We walked out to Hwy 89 and followed it south about 200 yards then headed back toward the west on an existing road that turns to dirt and leads to an small section of private property right at the big bend in Willow Creek.
We then walked up to the base of the dam and then over below the spillway. We followed the drainage from the spillway down to where the high dirt wall had been eroded away by years of spillway overflow.
From here we headed back in a northwest direction until we found another trail that led up and over some giant granite formations and dropped us back down into the Willow Dells Trail loop. From there we just completed the loop and ended up back at our trucks.
It was a very nice afternoon spent hiking with my wife and our faithful pooch.