Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Battle Creek Falls

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Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Battle Creek Falls is another family friendly, dog friendly, and child friendly waterfall hikes that is enjoyable as more of a stroll rather than a "hike". It's short distance and elevation gain make this hike do-able for family visiting from out of town that want to see something pretty, yet not have to work hard to get there. It's a great spot to take your dog when it's too hot, as they are allowed off leash and love playing in the stream. I recommend wearing water shoes to walk in the stream, or if you are brave enough, to stand under Battle Creek Falls. The trail continues up past the falls, but most people turn around when they are done playing in the waterfall. 
From SLC head south on I-15, take exit 275, then head East. This will put you on Pleasant Grove Blvd. Turn right on W 200 S St. and drive across State St. W 200 S will then turn into E 200 S - stay on this until you reach the very end of the road, where the trail begins, and there is a Kiwanis Park. No fees or permits are required. No restrooms are available.

Distance: 1 mile RT
Elevation gain: 450 ft
Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes!
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Parking lot for both Battle Creek Falls, and the "G" Mountain Trail.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Battle Creek Falls trail begins up the old, wide dirt road pas this gate.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Official trail sign.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
The trail is about 15 ft wide - about 5x that of a normal trail. As you walk up this road, you don't hear or see any sign of water. This throws some people off - keep hiking and you'll reach the stream. The trail slowly narrows to a more normal width, and you'll cross one bridge.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
About 10 minutes into the hike, you'll pass the small dam.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
A pretty purple "Monkey Flower". This was named after Meriweather Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition (The Latin name part, not the monkey part - that was Carl Linnaeus). Monkey Flowers are typically found in moist places at higher elevations. You can see that raindrops still remained after the rain storm from earlier in the day.
Battle Creek Falls, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
After 15 minutes or so, you'll see a small trail that splits off to the right, which leads you down to the base of Battle Creek Falls. 
Battle Creek Falls trail map
Trail map to Battle Creek Falls.
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3 comments:

  1. Such a nice quick hike to a beautiful waterfall! And love that its dog friendly ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Do you have to pay any fee to get in ?Thanks

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    1. No, no fees or permits are required. - Alicia

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