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Mesa Nature Trail

Ashton, Idaho

5.0/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

2.44 miles

Elevation Gain

236 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Sara Sheehy

The little-known Mesa Nature Trail leads hikers to the very edge of Lower Mesa Falls. Bask in waves of mist as the water plunges 65 feet to the river below.

The Mesa Nature Trail begins on the dirt road to the Upper Mesa Falls overflow parking lot. The first mile of the trail is wide and smooth. Pause a half mile in to admire the Henry's Fork from the top of a lava field.

The trail terminates at a flat bluff overlooking the top of Upper Mesa Falls. To get closer, follow the narrow trail that heads north from the bluff. 

The trail, steep and covered with loose dirt, quickly descends to the edge of the river. Follow the river south through a boulder field of lava rock until it reaches a small flat rock at the edge of the waterfall.

Use extreme caution to admire the steep plunge of water down the falls.

To admire Upper Mesa Falls without the scramble, drive south on the Mesa Scenic Byway to the Upper Mesa Falls viewing deck.

Notes:

Cash entry fee for park entry

Mesa Falls Map

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    Features

    Photography
    Hiking
    Bathrooms
    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Forest
    Picnic Area
    River
    Scenic
    Waterfall
    Wildflowers

    Reviews

    The walk to the trailhead to get next to the falls is about a mile each way. It is an easy walk through the woods. The trail down to the edge of the river/falls is more of a hike. It is steep in places and once you get to the rocks at the bottom, a bit of scrambling is necessary. It’s worth it if you’re up for the scramble.

    super easy! basically a walk but the view is amazing!

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