Hiking Trails - Willits
Haehl Creek Trail
The Haehl Creek Trail, located adjacent to the new Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital, is now officially open to the public.
The trail, open to all pedestrians, equestrians, and cyclists, winds along for 3,300 feet, passing by the Commonwealth Gardens, under plenty of nice shady locations, and will soon be equipped with benches, tables, stepping stones and plaques to honor the project sponsors.
One of the most serene trails in the Brooktrails greenbelt is the Thimbleberry Trail. This predominantly level trail meanders alongside Willits Creek beneath redwoods, Douglas firs and big-leaf maples for 1.32 miles before it ends at the Last Chance Trail. A wide and easy trail, Thimbleberry features four creek crossings and abundant spring wildflowers.
Brooktrails Par Course
Perhaps the most visited trail in Brooktrails, this mostly flat course features multiple exercise stations, a baseball field, and a children’s playground. Perfect for families, runners, and people just out for a stroll, the Par Course offers something for everyone.
Just up from the Brooktrails Community Offices is the Inlet Trail, one of the most picturesque of the greenbelt trails. Seasonally very wet with many creek crossings, the trail follows Inlet Creek and becomes quite steep before ending at Goose Road. Only .85 miles each way, Inlet showcases towering redwoods and Douglas fir trees.
Little Darby Nature Trail
Managed by the Bureau of Land Management, this lovely trail just 5 miles outside of Willits starts along Little Creek and takes the hiker through riparian, sylvan, and chaparral plant communities in a one-mile loop. Interpretive signs offer insight into the plants and animals who make Little Darby home.