This is a great, short hike nestled into the foot of the Owyhee Mountains with a rewarding waterfall at the end.
Features: River/Creek — Waterfall
Family Friendly: Little to no elevation gain, short distance and in the summer, there's a nice pool to splash around in below the waterfall.
Caution: Poison ivy grows thick in some spots along the creek and trail.
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.
There are several parking lots available depending on what time of year you go. So there may be slightly different trail lengths depending on which lot you park in. At the lower parking lot (sometimes closed in winter) there is an outhouse which is generally in good condition.
From the lower parking lot, head south along the clearly worn trail. You'll head deeper into the canyon and may get your feet slightly wet depending on how much water flow, as there are a couple easy water crossings over Jump Creek. Eventually, you'll run up against the canyon walls where you'll find Jump Creek Falls
. There is a nice view of the falls if you head up a short path to the top of a rock formation. From there, you'll look down onto the pool, waterfall, and up at the canyon walls. In the summer, it's a great place to take a dip.
Head back the same way to the parking lot.