• Activities:

    Chillin, Swimming

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Swimming Hole

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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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!

4 months ago
4 months ago

Ride horses, climb carefully the rock can break apart in some places, trail running along the canyon. Swimming around a spire of a waterfall is pretty fun too. Pick up trash if you see it.

7 months ago
7 months ago

What a really beautiful little escape. Walking into a surprising little canyon that you would not expect to come upon as you drive into the area, it is a nice easy walk under a half mile back to the water fall with a great little swimming hole at its base. It is large enough for maybe 6 people to really enjoy lounging in it comfortably at a time. My hiking friend and I went on a Thursday morning pretty early and that was exactly how many people we had total there, but within an hour there was around 25 people here with multiple dogs off leash. I'm told it is pretty busy pretty often. Highly recommend going early in the morning and you should have a good hour or two without too many people :)

7 months ago
7 months ago

Jump Creek was everything I hoped! The only bad thing was the amount of people, perhaps a weekday would have been better. With that said we went to the top of the falls and it was as if we were the only ones there! Jump Creek offers either an easy hike or a bit more challenging with breathtaking views that will transport you back in time. Please remember "Leave No Trace!"

9 months ago
9 months ago

If you can I'd suggest the best time to go is April/May/September on a weekday while school is still in session. It can get a bit busier on weekends. These months depending on the weather are still nice and you can go in the water around the falls. The hike to the bottom of the falls is very easy - about .6 miles. The hike to the top starts a little bit before the hike into the falls but it overlooks Idaho and is gorgeous. There are a lot of rock formations that once you're up there it is almost like you're in a different place entirely. Great location for a half day hike bring a lunch and you're good to go!

11 months ago
11 months ago

Fun place. Enjoyed the chimney climb to the right of the falls, although it was a bit too tricky for the younger kids. I would have liked to hike further up the canyon past the falls, but wasn't sure it was possible.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Garren Moore

Programming by week, mountains by weekend.

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