Willow Trail #347
Willow Trail #347 heads south over the rolling terrain below Granite Mountain’s rugged east face. Portions of the trail pass through mature chaparral consisting of mountain mahogany, scrub oak, cliffrose, and manzanita. Other sections are in mixed forest where ponderosa pines stand tall over oaks and juniper. The area is home to many types of wildlife, including mountain lions. Sometimes the tracks of these large cats can be seen along the trail. This trail provides access to some of the trails associated with the Granite Basin Recreation Area. This creates opportunities for extended trips through this landscape of exposed granite.
This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Dogs must be on leashes; please clean up after pets. Restrooms are available at the parking area.
Mountain Bikers: This trail is not primarily designed for mountain biking and has blind corners. Please read this note from the MTB Project: While this trail is a fun trail for mountain bikers, it's use is currently in danger due to increasing conflicts and dangerous incidents with equestrians and hikers. We want to keep it safe AND keep it open to mountain bikers! So, please do your part…slow down, stay alert to other users, don't wear earbuds, and yield the trail per guidelines.
At a Glance
|Open Season:||Year Round|
|Closest Towns:||Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
From its intersection with Iron Springs Road, travel north on Williamson Valley Road for 6.4 miles to the sign for the Williamson Valley Trailhead. Turn left to access the parking area. There is ample parking for horse trailers and regular vehicles.
To reach the smaller southern trailhead, take Williamson Valley Road 1.5 miles from its intersection with Iron Springs Road to Burnt Ranch Road. Turn left and go one block to Hozoni Road. Turn right and travel two blocks to Katahn Road. Turn left and proceed 0.4 miles to the junction of Katahn and Yeibitchai Road. Continue straight ahead for 0.1 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is fair. Road contiions are paved.
- Connecting trails: Tin Trough Springs Trail #308, #309, Hokaygon Trail #341, Mint Wash Trail #345, #346 and #348: see Cayuse Loop
- USGS Map: 7.5’ quad for Iron Springs
- Prescott National Forest Map, west half
- Average hiking time: 4-5 hours, one way
- This classic intermediate route crosses the rolling terrain below Granite Mountain’s east face. Please be aware that this is a high traffic area with hikers and horseback riders on the trail. Maintain a reasonable speed and know when to yield the trail.
- A long hike across the rolling terrain below Granite Mountain’s east face, Willow Trail #347 provides access to some of the trails in the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Please be aware that this is a high traffic area with bicyclists and horseback riders on the trail.
- This popular trail provides opportunities for horseback riders to explore vast expanses of terrain in the Granite Basin area. Please be aware that this is a high traffic area with hikers and bicyclists on the trail.
Alerts & Warnings
- Crooks Fire Closure Order Effective May 18, 2022
- STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS NOW IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 1
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public health and saf
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands