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Fun Idaho Hikes: Jump Creek Falls

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If you find yourself in Boise or Nampa, Idaho or visiting Sunnyslope wineries and in need of a hike, check out Jump Creek Falls! Located south of Marsing, ID, Jump Creek Falls recreation area offers a lovely waterfall and gorgeous views.jump-creek-falls-upper-trailhead-view-owhyee-id

It was later in the afternoon when we arrived but still quite busy and the parking lot was rather full. Note: there is a vault toilet there, which is only slightly better than a porta potty, so if squeamish, consider stopping somewhere on the way there.

Access road to Jump Creek Recreation Area

Access road to Jump Creek Recreation Area

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The waterfall is a really easy hike — if I could make it in a dress after wine tasting, almost anyone can. The 1/4 mile trail meanders over streams and through the rocks until you arrive at the waterfall (which is a perfect place to picnic and cool your feet).

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Stream crossing

Stream crossing

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If you’re in good shape and want some amazing views, head to the upper parking lot and take the steep road/trail to the top of the trail. I hadn’t adjusted to the heat or the altitude, but the scenery was worth the view.

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Lower parking lot & trailhead

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View of Idaho and Oregon from the crest

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Towards the top of the falls

The area is only open during daylight and can get quite crowded on the weekends, so plan to go on a weekday or early in the morning or later in the day. The Bureau of Land Management website no longer features information about it, but thanks to Archive.org I was able to find a PDF of the Jump Creek informational flyer.

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1 Comment

  1. rick anderson

    November 24, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Great pix… they make you want to be there

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