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Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Fall Creek Falls is located in the Challis National Forest in the Wildhorse Creek area, about 45 minutes from the Mt.Borah Trail head. This is a super easy trail that anyone can do, dogs and kids included. The short 0.7 mile path leads to this beautiful cascading waterfall that has a viewing deck but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can easily walk to the base or top of the falls. The best months to visit are June through October.

From Mackay, Idaho drive north on HWY 93 for 16 miles and turn left on to Trail Creek Road. For this for 18 miles to the Copper Basin Road, and turn left again. Follow this road towards Wildhorse Creek. Turn left at the sign for “Falls 1”, just across the bridge. The trail starts at the gate with a picnic table and port-a-potty. Here is a driving map.

 

Distance: 0.7 miles one way

Elevation gain: Flat (100ft)

Time: 15 minutes one way

Dog friendly? Yes, off leash

Kid friendly? Yes, all ages

Fees/Permits? None

The drive into Wildhorse Creek area, with a view of Old Hyndman Peak (11,775 ft).

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Start by parking in front of the cattle guard, and walk across.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Stay left for the falls.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

The trail is really well traveled. Only 1/4 of it is shaded though.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Most of the hike is exposed and gets hot quickly. Even at 10am I was sweating walking a normal/casual pace.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

End at the viewing deck.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Of course, we both had to get closer! Just be careful that log is slippery.

Hiking to Fall Creek Falls, Challis National Forest

Whoo-hoo, what a nice refreshing hike after doing Mt.Borah! I love my Lily Trotter socks – save 10% using the code “girlonahike” at checkout for non-sale items.

Check out my short video!

 

My track via Gaia GPS – the best tracking app!

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