Willow Creek Road

King City, California 93930

Willow Creek Road

Willow Creek Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Willow Creek Road starts off of California 1 and heads east into Los Padres National Forest. Just north of the trailhead is the Willow Creek USFS Campground. The campground, only a short walk from the ocean, has a number of sites with fire pits and bathroom facilities. You must have a Forest Adventure Pass and pay a fee to stay at the campground. As you head out on Willow Creek Road, the trail climbs high above the Pacific Ocean. Within the first mile are a couple of great spots from which to take in a breathtaking sunset. The trail enters the trees at 1.4 miles and continues to meander in and out of forested areas on a graded dirt road. The trail is relatively easygoing and passes a number of closed trails as well as some private property. Special Attractions: Spur trail to San Martin Top; Spectacular views from high above the Pacific Ocean. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

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"The Willow Creek Trail is a little gem tucked between the Ventana Wilderness and the Silver Peak Wilderness. The unmarked and seldom hiked trail drops into an isolated stream-fed canyon under shady redwoods, oaks, and maples. At Willow Creek is an old, rickety “Indiana Jones” style suspension bridge that spans 80 yards across the gorge." Read more

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Need high clearance 4X4. Deep ruts in road. Climbs in elevation. A lot of people camping on side of road leaving trash and exploiting the land. Pack in, pack out people.

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Trail Information

King City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
45 minutes
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,200 feet
Top Elevation
Los Padres National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Cape San Martin, Cambria
Local Maps