Hike the Snake River Canyon to Pillar Falls

Pillar Falls Trailhead, Twin Falls, Idaho, United States

  • Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

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  • RT Distance:

    2.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    600 Feet


This lesser known way to descend into the Snake River Canyon visits a powerful waterfall, a peaceful hike-in campground and an other-worldly hiking experience through the canyon.

From Eastland Dr. in Twin Falls, turn right onto Pole Line Rd. to find a small dirt pulloff with room for only a handful of cars on the north side of the road. The Snake River canyon is visible beneath, and a steep but wide access trail heads down from here.

The descent is rocky and loose, so watch your footing. When you see the maintenance shack about 2/3 of the way down into the canyon, leave what appears to be the main trail, follow the trail into the bushes and down to the bottom of the canyon. You should hear the waterfall rushing loudly if you are on the right track. The trail will lead you down close enough to become drenched by the waterfall's spray if you remain for too long. Excellent photo op here!

In order to continue to explore the area, hike back to where you peeled off from the main trail and continue to follow its now more gentle descent into a farther east section of the canyon. Pick through some trees and bushes when the trail starts to get more primitive, and you will find a secluded and shaded camping area right near the shore.

There will be an outcropping visible above you, where it looks as if a human or animal could comfortable crawl up and bed down. Explore this if you'd like, but to reach the truly majestic part of this canyon, cross over the rock-stepped path in the water and slip around this canyon wall.

The vistas will open up and the area before you looks like another planet. Water cascades into deep holes all around. Hopping from stone to stone and from outcropping to outcropping continues on in all directions. You'll be able to see the Perrine Bridge in the distance again. Explore up and down stream as much as you'd like, and return the way you came. Make sure to save enough energy and water for the steep climb out. Though less than a mile, it is very taxing.

This is not an overly developed trail system and there will be no signs. Know where you came from so you can return the same way.

Pack List

  • Plenty of water
  • Good running or hiking shoes w/ excellent traction
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Snack
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What a great hike. We were the only ones on the entire trail and the views were amazing. It was a little cool when we were there, but I'd recommend bringing a picnic down to the riverbanks on a warm day.

8 months ago
8 months ago

This place was WAY more impressive than I would have expected. Loved it here. Best place to go in Twin Falls in my opinion.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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