Swift Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Afton, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.
Directions from Afton: Take 2nd Ave. east from Hwy. 89. Continue on County Road 138 (Swift Creek Canyon) to the Forest boundary. Continue on Swift Creek Road #10211 to road end, and park in west parking lot. Watch for sign directing left up the slope.
To begin with, this trail is not the trail to the intermittent spring in Swift Creek Canyon though it does start nearby. We backpacked in 6 miles and set up base camp. The following day we continued up with daypacks and fishing gear to Corral Creek Lake and then returned back to our campsite again. The third day we backpacked out. The waterfalls and flowers were amazing. Did have a few horseflies to deal with.
A beautiful canyon, for sure. We wanted to start our trip off by witnessing the "Periodic Spring" do its thing. It did not. The spring is advertised to start and stop every 12 to 18 minutes. We gave it 40 minutes, and decided to get on with our hike. Turns out, the sign at the spring says, "late summer". So maybe we'll go back in a month or two and see if the spring is periodic then. Guess the locals don't want to deter the tourists, so they keep that part quiet. As for the Swift Creek hiking trail...It is a good trail. It is a bit difficult as there is a significant gain in elevation. The issue we had was water access for our thirsty Newfoundland dogs. There is very little access to the creek for at least 3 miles. Kind of tough on the dogs on a hot day. There were a couple of springs traversing the trail along the way, but by mid-July they are down to a trickle. Not far passed the intersection with the Rock Lake trail (039), you do drop down to the creek. However, there are several large down trees. In order to continue, you'll have to navigate through/around the tangled mess. We chose to head back at that point. I should note that a good bug repellant is recommended this time of year, as the horse flies are pretty bad. Other years it may be the deer flies. Good trip though. I would recommend it.
Hiked up swift creek trail for approx 5.5 miles and then returned. This brings you right to swift creek falls that comes down from swift creek lake that is not visible from this trail. Easy trail through the forest. First thing to be seen is the intermittent spring approx a mile up the canyon. After 3.5miles you begin to see many waterfalls during early springtime (mid May to early June). Lots of wildflowers towards the end of June. There are multiple places to filter water along the way. Usually see deer.