Willis Creek Narrows Trail
ElevationAscent: 23' 7 m
Descent: -279' -85 m
High: 5,977' 1,822 m
Low: 5,721' 1,744 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A mostly flat trail leading through an easy to navigate slot canyon.”— Tre Martin
From the trailhead, follow the marked trail down Willis Creek. The trail follows along the rim for a short distance, then drops into the canyon. Near the trailhead, you'll encounter a short waterfall that can be climbed down or bypassed on either side. Depending on the route 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, as it's probably around six feet wide at its narrowest. Enjoy the yellow and black colors on the wall.
Maybe 3/4 a mile in, a side canyon comes in from the left. This is a good turn around spot for those who have had their fill, or visitors can continue on. The trail continues for another mile or so, until it dead ends at Sheep Canyon. The trail very gently descends on the way out, and you may notice the slight elevation gain on the return trip. Return the way you came.
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