Fun Idaho Hikes: Jump Creek Falls

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


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).


Stream crossing
Stream crossing



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.

Lower parking lot & trailhead


View of Idaho and Oregon from the crest
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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