Porcupine Falls Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lovell, WY that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until September.
The Porcupine Falls trail begins at the parking lot and descends 440ft down to the falls below. Although this trail does have 90+ stairs built into it, the remainder of the trail is very steep and requires caution during descending and ascending. The views at the bottom, however, are worth it.
it is a very hard trail but once you see the waterfall it is so worth it...
The hike is short, but steep and strenuous on the way back. Beautiful waterfall with a big pool at the bottom. Just wish that the smokers from Gillette had at least had the decency to pick up their cigarette butts. Picked them up in their stead. Leave no trace people!
I just completed hike this again with a group of 19 other guys who's ages ranged from 18 to 66 years old. Needless to say, the young guys made quick work of the descent and ascent, however most of the guys ages 40 and up had to stop frequently on the way back up to catch their breath due to the steep incline. Per usual, the scenery at the bottom was amazing! I was surprised nearly 25 people at the falls (although we were there on a Saturday). Most were swimming and sunbathing, and a couple were scuba diving looking for gold dredging opportunities. Apparently there are still some active gold claims farther down the stream that issues out of the pool at the base of the waterfall.
This is a beautiful, well-developed trail. The forest service has placed a nice set of stairs into this trail in order to make it more accessible to people of all ages. You won't regret the beautiful views at the bottom. very peaceful.
A wonderful little hike, and the falls at the bottom are amazing. You can also take a bridge across the stream to check out the old mine.
Great Trail! The drive to the trailhead is rough. Beautiful scenery. Secluded. Amazing.