Sands Basin Loop Trail is a 56.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marsing, ID that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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A popular hiking, horse backing, and ATV/Offroading area with waterfalls, creeks, deep rocky canyons, and wild mustangs Jump Creek has a spectacular 60' waterfall. It originates in Sands Basin from year around springs. An awesome canyon with colorful rock walls towering hundreds of feet tall line its banks. The Jump Creek Recreation Area is a DAY USE ONLY site. The trail head has several fire rings and sites for picnics. It is accessible by automobile. The falls are an easy ten minute hike from the trail head. There is a waterfall in Poison Creek. It will require hiking and serious rock climbing to get a good view. Sands Basin is home to a herd of wild mustangs. The parking areas, trail head, and trails have been recently renovated and all are in good condition. The area is popular with hikers, sightseers, horse backers, geocachers, photographers, and ATV/Offroaders. The hiking trails are off limits to motorized vehicles. There is a restroom at the trail head but no potable water.
Gbraach and I visited and explored the area. The east side of Jump Creek was burned by a range fire this spring/summer. All the "Cheat Grass" is gone, at least until next spring.
We explored the Poison Creek Waterfall area also. I added three POIs and photos and video to this Guide.
Be careful hiking around riparian areas here as Poison Ivy is thick.