Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gordon Creek Waterfalls

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Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Gordon Creek Waterfall is a lesser-know falls near Helper & Price, Utah. Most people like to arrive here by ATV, however it's a super easy hike that is great for the whole family. You may also see horseback riders on this trail so be careful when turning a corner. Gordon Creek Waterfall is located in a flash flood area, so it's not recommend to be in this area after a heavy rain. 
The trail is fully exposed to all elements, so be prepared to take plenty of water and sunscreen with you. You can get up close to the falls, but be careful as the rocks are slippery and the water is moving faster than it looks. If you continue past the lower falls, you will reach the upper falls and an old abandoned mining cabin, which is only another 1/2 mile up stream.

Drive about 3 miles south of Helper, UT on HWY 191. Turn right onto Consumers Road, and drive 2.7 miles. Veer left onto a dirt road. If you drive past the railroad track you've gone too far. Once down the dirt road, cross the first cattle guard and continue driving. At 1.6 miles you will be parallel to the railroad track on your right. At 2.5 miles cross the railroad track and continue down the dirt road to the left, and the railroad track will now be on your left. At 3.1 miles cross the 2nd cattle guard. At 3.3 miles look for the Gordon Creek Trail sign on your right. Park anywhere near this sign. The trail literally starts here, so to get to the falls just walk down this ATV road. 

Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 400 ft.
Time: 1-3 hours depending on how long you stay at the falls
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash (beware of ATVs)
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/permits? None

Here is a driving map
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
There are no restrooms or services along this road. On a Sunday, we didn't even pass one car or see another person.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The drive time from SLC is about 1:15-1:30 hours. Charlie made himself comfy in the backseat on a pile of purple.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Official TH sign. This is where you'll want to park and where the trail starts.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
To get to Gordon Creek Waterfall simply follow the ATV road. 

Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The ATV road goes down a steep portion near the beginning, down to the creek. 
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 You'll see from this view that there are several game/single track trail heading up (West) in this canyon. DO NOT take any of those! We initially did this, and ended up hiking 3 miles before realizing we were in the totally wrong canyon! As long as you stay on the ATV road, you'll reach the falls.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
After crossing the stream, you should see the brown trail sign.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 After hiking for roughly 10-15 minutes, you should be able to see the falls from a distance. Along this road you will see several campsites, but also a lot of trash from previous campers. I encourage everyone to pick up at least one piece of trash and pack it out.  
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Continue following the ATV road.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Gordon Creek Waterfalls!
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Charlie takes a minute to check out his view.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah trail map
 Map overview looking South.
Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah trail map
Map overview looking North West. If you plan on riding your ATV here, check this out first before coming here.


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6 comments:

  1. Love the photo of you and Charlie with the falls in the background! Price and Helper are such funny towns, now I know there is also some cool hikinh there

    Thanks for sharing !
    Katie @ Katie Wanders
    www.KatieWanders.com

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    1. I know, I didn't know there were some trails in that area until recently! -Alicia

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  2. Love the photo of you and Charlie in the header:) What a cutie resting up in the sea of purple. I saw a Charlie on the trail today and thought of him:)

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    1. Thank you! Aww that's so nice you thought of him! -Alicia

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  3. Thanks for posting this, I think we may try to stop by here on our road trip tomorrow. - Thomas

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you enjoy it! - Alicia

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