Big Willis Gulch Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,016' 919 m
Descent: -3,016' -919 m
High: 12,302' 3,750 m
Low: 9,288' 2,831 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A straight forward trail to a high mountain lake makes for an easy day run or quick overnight backpacking trip.”— Matthew Trinkle
At 2.8 miles, stop to fill water and enjoy the views of a pristine meadow along the creek. Run onto a rocky outcropping for 0.2 miles before continuing on a slight incline in and out of the treeline, enjoying two ruined log cabins on the right of the trail. After a few miles on relatively flat ground, pass a small mountain lake to the south before coming around the corner to get the first glimpse of Willis Lake. Pristine waters hold Cutthroat Trout for excellent fishing while the mountain bowl offers views of Rinker Peak, Mount Hope, and Mount Blaurock.
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