Distance: 0.6 miles roundtrip. Minimal elevation gain. Waterfall with swimming hole. Easy to access. Endless canyon exploration. Pets allowed.

Jump Creek Falls is an easy-to-access waterfall situated south of Marsing, Idaho. When you arrive to the parking lot right near the trailhead, you'll be starting at around 2600' elevation. Don't expect much change from 2600', unless you are to go exploring the canyon further. From the trailhead, it's only about 1/3 of a mile into the canyon on a well marked and paved path. You'll have to cross one stream, but it is possible to cross completely dry with some good balance. Be forewarned that rattlesnakes and poison ivy are both very real threats in this part of Idaho.

The falls is located in the Jump Creek Canyon, which after your arrival to the falls provides endless amount of exploration opportunities - albeit, with some questionable trails. You can ascend to the top of the falls on a very steep trail, passing a man-made "cave" on the way.

If you go in the summer, be prepared for the heat and hot sand. If you go during a weekend in late summer, there will be plenty of people.

Pack List

  • Full water bottle
  • Swimming trunks and towel
  • Trail shoes (if exploring beyond the waterfall)
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Activities Chillin, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Groups
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Kid friendly & beautiful!!

My 4 year old and I randomly decided to go on this adventure and it was perfect!! We both enjoyed it a great deal. I’ll definitely bring a trash bag next time because people had left a bunch of trash behind.

Don’t Ignore It Because It’s Easy

Most trail sites rate jump creek falls easy as it’s about 1/3 of a mile and no elevation change and is full of people. For me this wasn’t enough of a challenge and was too crowded so I put off going to check it out. However once there my thoughts on the place changed. When parking there is an upper and lower parking lot. If you stick with the upper parking lot there are two trails: one that over looks the falls and one that takes you on the canyons upper rim. They are both worth exploring but be sure to have good shoes as some side hilling is required and on the upper rim you have about a 750ft elevation gain in the first mile. From the upper fridge you can gain access to the top of the falls but it’s a steep trail so be careful. There is also access to the top of the falls thought “Devils Ladder” which is a narrow rock wall that some people climb. Going up it is easier then going down.

Kid Friendly

Super fun little hike! My 8 year old enjoys it very much! Never been when it wasn’t very busy, but everyone is always super kind, and it’s a great place to puppy watch!


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