“A stiff climb rewarded with a great link up to Willow Creek via Mary Jane.”
— Nick Nelson
This is a good, challenging climb with a short, techy rock climb section. There's a ride-around available. This is followed by a mellow, shaded forest road to the downhill, which is nice and cool in the summer. Your reward for the climb is the Mary Jane
link up to Willow Creek
Need to Know
is a popular hiking trail, use caution. The rock face on Mary Jane
is hairball if it's wet. The log crossing over Willow Creek
could be dangerous, especially if you attempt to ride it.
Park at the Government Center and head north to Forest Road 6S13
. The climb is steep for the first half, then it mellows to a nice grade in the cool trees. At the end of Forest Road 6S13
, turn right (east) onto USFS Road 6S11 for a bending easy climb to USFS Road 6S88
Head south on this Forest Service road looking for the USFS Road 6S88D
spur toward Moon Rock. Take a break at Moon Rock and watch out for the broken hillbilly glass and continue to the Mary Jane
trail using Shale Trail #22E350
and the Vista Dome Trail #22E349
Head across USFS Road 6S88
onto Mary Jane
for a steep, techy descent through the trees onto USFS Road 7S82 east to carefully cross Willow Creek and charge this steep, technical Jeep climb on Mac Flat Trail
After that, it's all down on Willow Creek
. Cross the Forest Highway 274 for a nice, short singletrack to the low road and back to the parking area.
History & Background
Most of the forest road was once railroad access for logging.