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Willis Creek Out and Back

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A good beginner slot canyon on a flat out and back route.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

97%

Runnable

5,976' 1,821 m

High

5,809' 1,770 m

Low

202' 62 m

Up

202' 62 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Overview

Willis Creek is a great family outing located near Bryce Canyon National Park. No real difficulties are encountered, the outing is as long or short as you want, and there are some very beautiful sections. This is a great addition to visiting Bull Valley Gorge just down the road.

Need to Know

Always check with the ranger to make sure there is not the possibility of a flash flood. There is a visitor center in Cannonville that has information. They can also give you directions to Willis Creek if you need them.

Description

From the trailhead, follow the marked trail down Willis Creek. The trail follows along the rim for a short distance, then drops in. Near the trailhead, you'll encounter a short waterfall that can be downclimbed, or bypassed on either side. Depending on the route in you take, you might miss the waterfall on the way out, but if you follow the creek on the way back, you'll run into it. Below the waterfall are the most scenic sections of the trail. The canyon is narrow, but never a real slot, probably around six feet wide at its narrowest. Enjoy the yellow and black colors on the wall.

About 3/4 a mile in, a side canyon comes in from the left. This is a good turn around spot or visitors can continue down the Willis Creek Narrows Trail as far as you like. Return the way you came.

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Tre Martin

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Many colors
Mar 30, 2020 near Panguitch, UT
Shot of one of the narrow passages on the Willis Creek Trail. Be absolutely sure there have been no rains in the local area before doing this trail.
Oct 20, 2019 near Panguitch, UT
This is Willis Creek at one of its narrowest points.
Jul 2, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
A view of the canyon.
Jun 16, 2016 near Panguitch, UT
Willis Creek Narrows provides a landscape you just don't see every day.
Jul 2, 2017 near Panguitch, UT
You'll enter the narrows shortly after descending to the wash.
Jul 2, 2017 near Panguitch, UT

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