This is a hike to a waterfall that generally flows year round in Death Valley. It's a moderately strenuous hike because it goes up a ... more »wash that has a lot of gravel and rocks over which to step. The name mystifies me, because there are no willow trees anywhere near here. This is a winter hike as summer temperatures in Death Valley make hiking very unwise!
To get to the trailhead, travel south on SR 178 past Badwater. About 15 miles south of Badwater, there's an unmarked dirt road that goes to the left. Turn here and drive into the parking lot, parking on the left side of this large area. If coming north on SR 178, the way I came, travel about two miles past the sign that says "Mormon Point." The dirt road is on your right. It's the only road for miles, but since it's unmarked, watch carefully for the turn.
There is a fairly good use trail through the gravel and across the rocks. Hike for about 1/2 mile north to the large wash coming from the mountains. Turn right into the wash. This wash leads into Willow Canyon. The end of the hike is about 2.35 miles from the trailhead.
You will pass some side washes. Ignore them and keep hiking up the canyon. You eventually come to a small waterfall that's easy to climb up, then a taller one, and finally you get to the two-tiered 50 foot waterfall. It's a lovely place to have a snack before hiking back.
Happy hiking! less «