Oaks And Willows Trail #3

Oaks and Willows Trail #3 travels through the heavily wooded George Wood Canyon, the western gateway into Juniper Mesa Wilderness. The trail connects with several others, offering hikers and riders a number of options for exploring this remote corner of northern Arizona.

Trail #3 works its way up from the north fork of Walnut Creek, offering a view of Aztec Pass, an important early pioneer route. As it heads for George Wood Canyon, the trail enters the Juniper Mesa Wilderness and quickly climbs the southwestern edge of Juniper Mesa. Continuing across the mesa top, Trail #3 intersects Juniper Mesa Trail #20, which runs east to Juniper Spring. From its intersection with Trail #20, Trail #3 continues down the Pine Creek drainage to Forest Road 7.

Most of this trail lies within the Juniper Mesa Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. There is no reliable source of water at the trailhead or along the trail. Prepare for hot, dry conditions during summer, and pack plenty of water. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace.


Printable Trail Description and Map (528 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 1.25 hours from Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From the intersection of Hwy 89 and Outer Loop Road, take Outer Loop Road for 6 miles to Williamson Valley Road (also County Road 5). Turn right and continue on Williamson Valley Road for 27 miles to County Road 125. Turn left and proceed roughly 9 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is good.

To reach the northern trailhead, continue on Williamson Valley Road for another 7.7 miles past the junction with CO 125. Turn left on Forest Road 7 and proceed 7.8 miles to the trailhead. Parking is good.

Road conditions are suitable for most vehicles in fair weather. FR 7 is a semi-graded 4x4 road.

General Notes:


Day Hiking

  • This trail provides hikers with an opportunity to explore this remote corner of northern Arizona.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • This trail provides access to one of the most remote corners of northern Arizona and offers riders a unique experience of solitude.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

  Elevation : 
7,020 feet