Willow Heights was a trip we took during one of the hottest days of June this year. We wanted to head up away from the hot air of the valley. After making a quick stop at Hidden Falls we found ourselves bounding up this well marked trail. The dense Aspen forest kept us well shaded, and within half an hour we had already made it to the mountain meadow just before the lake. The view here is incredible, the skyline is littered with mountain peaks to the south and forest everywhere else. At the lake, we watched a single duck dive and resurface multiples, heard birds chirping, and found plenty of animal tracks in the mud. We found minimal trash, mostly plastic wrappers.
1-2 minutes from Trailhead to Hidden Falls 1 Mile from Trailhead to Willow Lake Watershed Area,Dogs not Permitted
Hidden Falls was a great place to stop on our way to Willow Heights. The waterfall made the air in the small ravine quite cool compared to the hot air of the valley. We stopped here to look around and cool off; and, it was well worth it. This short walk up the stream is quite a popular destination, even mid-day we encountered several people from different groups relaxing near the falls. We found several plastic water bottles, broken glass, and plastic wrappers scattered across this destination.
There was almost no trash on the last half of the trail, the majority of the trash was broken glass and cigarette butts found near what looks like the remains of a bonfire near the beginning of the trail. As well as near the peaceful looking rock that sits in the middle of the creek just beyond the remains of the bonfire. This is a trail we would hike again to show mountain flowers to someone who had never seen them before. Other than that, there are more scenic trails to venture.
1.3 Miles from Trailhead to Overlook Watershed Area, Dogs not Permitted
The Overlook at Mill B North Fork wound up being more challenging than we anticipated. Nearly the whole trail is decently steep running switchbacks all the way up to the overlook. At least 3/4 of the trail leaves you completely exposed to the afternoon sun, so it was quite hot. Despite all that however, it was very nice seeing all the honeybees and butterflies swarming the many flower patches scattering along the trail. While this trail isn't as popular as many of the others surrounding it, it was a little busy. We encountered multiple groups of people on the trail on the way up and on the way back down.