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Mill Creek Waterfall Out-and-Back

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A short but sweet hike to a Moab gem: Mill Creek Waterfall.


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Out and Back

4,308' 1,313 m

High

4,250' 1,295 m

Low

68' 21 m

Up

68' 21 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly From kids to adults, everyone can enjoy some respite from the desert heat.

Overview

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!

Description

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.

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Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.7 from 6 votes

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Mill Creek Waterfall.
Apr 30, 2018 near Moab, UT

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Nov 5, 2020
Tenzin Chuteng
Jun 27, 2019
Colten Janssen-Olsen
Jun 21, 2019
M Snow
Windy day but always a fun, easy trail close to town. 1.6mi
Jun 8, 2019
Tess Matina
Mar 26, 2019
Carl Shuptrine
Wear water shoes. Great short hike after a morning in the parks.
Mar 11, 2019
Kenzie T
Mar 9, 2019
Tonya Murray
Oct 25, 2018
Lea Bailes
1.6mi