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Willow Canyon Trail

Intermediate
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This is a nice shortcut between the Mesquite Canyon and Ford Canyon trails that offers some pretty scenery.


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

90%

Runnable

2,549' 777 m

High

2,231' 680 m

Low

415' 126 m

Up

96' 29 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A day-use fee of $6 per vehicle is required at the park entrance.

The park is open from 6am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 6am to 10pm Friday and Saturday.

Runner Notes

Be careful of your footing, as the terrain can be uneven, rocky, and full of loose gravel.

Description

This trail connects the Mesquite Canyon Trail and the Ford Canyon Trail. It is a well-maintained singletrack with some mild elevation gain. It also makes a nice alternative to running the western portion of the Mesquite Canyon Trail. From the Mesquite Canyon intersection, Willow Canyon starts off with a moderate incline as you head up and over the hills, traveling on some loose rock and gravel. Here you'll have some nice views of the desert landscape. It soon levels out as you wind along the canyon and drop down into the dry creek. This is a wonderful place to rest, have a snack, and even take a short nap on one of the large, smooth rocks in the canyon.

After leaving the creek, the trail slowly climbs into the vast, rolling hills where it ends at Ford Canyon Trail. Willow Canyon Trail can feel rather secluded and remote.

Flora & Fauna

A variety of desert plants and cacti are plentiful. Watch for mule deer, squirrels, rabbits, and birds. Be careful as you run since there are quite a few rattlesnakes out there!

Contacts

Land Manager: Maricopa County Parks

Shared By:

John Parker

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Photos

The bottom of Willow Canyon. This rock makes a good resting spot!
Jan 28, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
The pour-off in Willow Canyon
Mar 27, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
Looking back across the rolling hills
Jan 28, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
Winding around the bend to Willow Canyon
Jan 28, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ
A mild incline out of Mesquite Canyon
Jan 28, 2018 near Citrus…, AZ

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