The Owyhees are known for being rugged, stark and dramatically beautiful, which makes the Jump Creek Falls Trail all the more unusual and spectacular. This short quarter-mile trail along Jump Creek brings you into a rare riparian area in the Owyhee Wilderness where red-osier dogwoods and water-birch trees dot the way along the creek. They also offer shade to plenty of purple and white Syringa, the state flower of Idaho, in the upper canyon.
What Makes It Great
Just a short hour drive from Boise, this trail is a fantastic place to pack a picnic and head out for a half-day’s adventure. On hot late-spring days, the hike offers just enough time to anticipate the cool payoff of a swim once you reach the falls. Dropping 60-feet, these are the longest falls in the canyon.
After walking the dusty trail in the heat of summer, ditch your shoes and hop into the pool below the falls. While drying out after your swim, take time to marvel at the steep cliffs around you that reach as high as 600 feet in some places. Crevices and pockets in the rock have been providing shelter to native creatures for thousands of years, including the bats and birds who dwell here in the present day.
Who is Going to Love It
This short little hike is great for a picnic and cooling off in the nature pools. The waterfalls themselves are a sight to see as well!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From the BLM website: "From Boise, take Interstate 84 West to the Nampa exit for Highway 55 (Exit 33A). Follow Highway 55 through Marsing and on to the junction with US-95. Continue 1½ miles past the junction and turn left onto Cemetery Road. Turn left at the T-intersection with a STOP sign. The road becomes Jump Creek Road as it continues south. Just after passing under power transmission lines, the road curves right, through private land – stay on the roadway as it curves back to the left toward the entry to the recreation area."