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Gordon Creek Waterfalls

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, immediately cross the first cattle guard and continue driving. At 1.6 miles you will be parallel to the railroad track on your right.

Then, 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. 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.

Do NOT follow Google Maps to get you here – it takes you a completely wrong way! Make sure to follow my written directions.

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.

 

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

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.

January 2018

We returned to Gordon Creek Waterfalls January 13, 2018 and it was cool to see the falls frozen! Here are some photos from the same spots.

Hiking to Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Hiking to Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Cool to see it frozen over!

Hiking to Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

 This time we climbed around the falls. Make sure you bring microspikes with you so you don’t slip.

Hiking to Gordon Creek Waterfalls, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs

Triple threat cuteness!
 

 


Trail map.

If you plan on riding your ATV here, check this out first before coming here.

Best Dog Friendly Waterfall hikes in Utah!

Best Dog Friendly Waterfall hikes in Utah!

Gordon Creek Waterfalls

 

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