River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall
From kids to adults, everyone can enjoy some respite from the desert heat.
This hike takes you from a pure desert environ into a clear water oasis in a very short period. Spring is the best time of year to visit, but I'm sure this area is great the rest of the year as well.
The waterfall area is prime jumping and swimming terrain. Bring water, some friends, a good book, and enjoy!
Need to Know
It is important to stay on the trail. Our trails are surrounded by living soil called Biocrust. Off-trail travel damages the deserts delicate ecosystem for decades after. Find out more about our soil from local non-profit: sciencemoab.org/radio/
Portable toilet systems are required in Grand County. Be prepared to carry human waste out on the trail. Human waste takes over a year to decompose in the desert. This keeps it clean for everyone hiking after you. Buy one at any of our local gear shops before your hike.
Temperatures can reach upwards of 100 degrees on the trail. Exposure to the sun is extreme. Always hike with enough water and electrolytes for the length of your hike and the temperature of the season. It is important to have more water than you might expect.
Always let someone know where you are and when you expect to be back. Cell service is limited.
From the parking lot, head east on the obvious trail. After passing the beautiful dam waterfall near the start, you'll hike over a side-sloping slickrock that can be slippery, especially if wet. After this, you'll be in the canyon proper.
Follow the mostly obvious trail through the stands of cottonwood trees. Eventually, you'll reach the junction of North Fork Mill Creek and Mill Creek. Cross the creek here to follow the North Fork.
After hiking through smaller stands of trees you can either work your way to the pool below the waterfall, or head above the waterfall to continue on the trail (or jump into the lower pool from above). To do this, the trail heads left up a slickrock slab. Hike carefully here and you'll find yourself atop the waterfall.
Flora & Fauna
Cottonwood trees, poison ivy (beware!), and cacti can all be found here.
Shared By: Tom Robson