Willows, CA 95988
- 4 miles
- 1 - 2 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 1800 feet
- Elevation Range:
- 1800 feet to 2300 feet
- Elevation Change:
- 500 feet
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The trail begins at Squaw Creek near the shores of Lake Pillsbury adjacent to Road 18N16. The trail begins in scrub oak then passes through several species of chaparral before reaching Horsepasture Gulch Creek. The Horsepasture Gulch area is flat, grassy and is very scenic in the spring. The trail forks approximately 150 yards from the lake shore and the east/left route passes through a heavily wooded area consisting of a mixture of fir, pine, oak, madrone and manzanita. The trail reaches a ridge top with excellent views of Lake Pillsbury before declining to primitive campsites on the shores of Lake Pillsbury. The walk back to the trail head is via the lake shore and Horsepasture Gulch, where it ties back to the fork.