Hike to the Top of Lower Mesa Falls

Upper Mesa Falls Parking, Idaho

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.

Pack List

  • $5 cash or check for park entry fee
  • Mesa Falls Map
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Sturdy shoes with a rough sole
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RT Distance 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 400 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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love the falls!

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


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