Goose Creek Falls is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near New Meadows, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 685 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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muddy
1 day ago

Great hike. Started before the campground (which is closed) instead of where the app shows. It takes you to the falls, but coming from the opposite direction. I wouldn’t take small children who are adventurous and like to go off trail. The river will swallow up anything that enters it. It was exactly 6 miles round trip.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail. There was a moderate amount snow but nothing unmanageable for kids. Fallen tree across trail about a mile in. About 100 yards past the bridge the trail connects with a stream and there’s water running down the trail but only for a short distance.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike! About 3 miles down and back (if you go a bit past the bridge to the falls). Only a little snow along the way. Was rainy during my trip today, but was still a good short hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, little snow but no need for boots yet. Waterfall is beautiful, easy hike.

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7 months ago

Beautiful fall day - downhill to the falls and mostly uphill back to the parking lot. Scramble a bit to the bottom of the falls - but it’s doable! Great waterfall and the water is clear, probably a wonderful swimming spot in the summer!

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8 months ago

Beautiful snowy day. Trail was well maintained and well marked. True moderate trail because of elevation gain.

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8 months ago

Lots of trees kept it well shaded. It’s downhill the whole way there, so a climb all the way back. Not too challenging and some nice views. Would hike again.

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8 months ago

Awesome hike when staying in Last Chance campground! The waterfall is absolutely beautiful, and offers gorgeous views over the bridge. You can either start at the top of the trail and hike back up to the parking lot, or start in Last Chance campground, then turn around once you reach the waterfall. If your hiking with a group that wants to split up, some can complete the trail while others turn back for the car. It's not a loop, but it does have starting and ending points in accessible locations.

hiking
8 months ago

We loved this hike! Lots of shade on the trails, beautiful views and the waterfall is impressive, especially if you keep hiking past the bridge. The fall colors are starting to show and the weather is perfect. Highly recommend!

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rocky
9 months ago

This was an all around good trail easy in, harder out. Not very toddler friendly with a steep grade on one side of the trail the whole way. Our 3 year old walked the first .25 mile then had to be strapped into our osprey carrier. Still a fun relatively easy hike not quite the 3 miles it said but close. You get to see the falls from a couple of different angles and the trail connects to some others towards the end. We are excited to explore more in the area.

hiking
9 months ago

Great easy out and back, good elevation on the return, views are good and falls are very pretty!

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scramble
9 months ago

Great hike. Worth it if you make it down to the bottom of the waterfall. Good moderate hike. Took us 2hr20min, but we spent 30min at the bottom.

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9 months ago

Worth the hike down to the falls. Great place to swim after a hot day of hiking.

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9 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. Weather was wonderful and hike was beautiful. Picked a few huckleberries along the way

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muddy
rocky
9 months ago

Great hike! No complaints.

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10 months ago

Amazing!!!

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10 months ago

We took our 6 year old and almost 4 year old twins on this hike and they did great! Even on the way out with only 1 stop. I didn’t think the hike out was that bad and if you are in relatively good shape, you’ll do it without a problem. When you come to the bridge, that is not the end. Keep going another ..25 mile to get to the falls. You’ll have to hike down to see them. This is where we left the kids and took turns hiking down a little bit to see. Too steep and drop-offs. Kids liked the bridge, however, the railings are not well placed as there is no railing in the middle and my kids could have easily fit through it and tumbled to the rushing water below. We didn’t linger on the bridge because the kids were too close throwing those rocks and tripping through the railings.

hiking
10 months ago

Love this hike! Went over 4th of July weekend! Once you get to the bridge...KEEP GOING! There is so much more to see! I love going all the way down the the base of the waterfall! You can hear the water the whole way down. Uphill on the way back which makes for a good workout!

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scramble
10 months ago

We hiked this trail a couple of days ago and loved it! To get there, you'll take a left from the pavement down a short gravel drive to the parking lot. The trailhead is just to the left of a logging road. It's downhill the whole way in and uphill back out. You'll pass a couple of smaller falls before you get to Goose Creek Falls. To really see the falls, it's a slight scramble down some rocks to the base. We made it easily, but I wouldn't recommend it if you have knee or balance problems. We were able to complete the hike in under 2 hours.

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10 months ago

Really beautiful drop down hike to a stunning waterfall. Very easy - me and a couple of friends were able to do it in just under and hour and a half. Would recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail. Plenty of shade and amazing views. Be prepared for the hike out...all uphill.

hiking
11 months ago

Kids loved it. Be ready for the hike back. Beautiful!

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rocky
11 months ago

I would definitely recommend. The trailhead took me a second to find, but if you just go inside the campgrounds and follow the main road you’ll get there. It’s definitely overgrown and I would recommend bringing bear spray and hiking with a buddy, since there’s many places you could surprise one. I was “smart” enough to hike alone but it was still an experience. The falls were beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy going down, not so going back up!

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hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Beautiful trail and falls. Only a few downed trees but easy to navigate around. Lots of wildlife tracks.

Sun Oct 14 2018

Kids loved it.

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Sun Sep 23 2018

Nice trail to a large dramatic falls! Fast downhill hike to the creek and a fun scramble down the rocks to the base of the falls. We met some people who hiked up to the falls from the other direction, a campground off of 55 I believe. I have not tried the hike in that direction.

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Thu Sep 13 2018

beautiful views and a great workout

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