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.

Length3.0 miElevation gain685 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersRocky
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Austin Stueve
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Beautiful views, little early bring a pair of good hiking shoes.

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Reece Wilson
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Lydia Chen
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The description says best used for March to Oct. however, we were there on 4/4 and the trail was covered by snow. It was not accessible at all. It was a bit disappointed and I am sure it would have been a beautiful nice hike.

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Kevin Hooper
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Bryan Sorenson
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Great crisp fall morning for a hike.

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Jon Miller
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Fun short hike! the last hundred feet to the bottom of the falls is pretty steep, but the rocks are relatively easy to climb.

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Amy Archer
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Beautiful trail! For a whimp like me, it was a bit of a workout for the thighs but well worth it! The last little bit was so steep and rocky that I didn't go down all the way to the river - I'm scared of heights and have vertigo. But overall, it was a great trek.

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Paul Brown
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Beautiful trail, lots of fall colors mixed into the vast views of green forest. It is a nice downhill hike to the wooden bridge, and offers some options to extend at that crossing, along with the option of going down to the falls. At the Falls, the scramble down the steep rock to the bottom was really fun, but we had to go slow and watch our step for sure. We really enjoyed the serene setting and sound of the creek while exploring on the boulders for about 45 minutes before making the hike back up and out. It was a good workout hiking up for sure. We saw a fit mountain biker climbing out to my surprise on the trail. That looked like a real challenge with the rocky single track for sure! All in all it was exactly what we were looking for, not to long, a nice work out, a place to explore and relax a bit at the falls, and an incredible setting with the flowing water!

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amy lombardo
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Eric Summers
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Mark Seefeldt
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Jessica Thompson
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George Holmes
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Lynn Owens
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Bryan Ray
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Beautiful little trail down to the falls, almost all downhill and very easy to follow till you get to the bridge. From the bridge to the falls is a little more difficult but well worth it. The falls is amazing and very picturesque. From the falls we intended to take the loop back to Brundage Lodge, whosever we made a wrong turn and walked downhill to Brundage reservoir. We ran across some hunting dogs who assured us we were on the right trail and we figured they were natives and wouldn’t steer us wrong. It really is a beautiful hike and I am so glad we didn’t turn around. However when we decided to cut across the river and free trail it back to the road I quickly changed my mind. We followed an elk trail through the thickest undergrowth imaginable! We scrambled up three or four feet at a time before stopping to catch our breath! The caves, OH THE CALVES!!!! I thought about turning around but knew either direction was a bad mistake at this point. I grabbed small trees and pulled myself up, walked on downed logs to avoid the undergrowth, cursed God for my own bad judgement and prayed that He would send His angels to help! Finally we found the trail that lead back to Hy way and thought we had it made. It was a tire track road that lead to nowhere! I have no idea how people got here with ATV’s or how they got out but the “road” had no beginning and no end, so following the compass we free trailed again up to the road. I have to admit this part was short and not once did I truly believe we were going to die on this second free trail, but the fear did cross my mind. Once we found the road it was a gentle uphill hike back to the car, with several people driving by and waving as if they thought we were having a good time and they didn’t want to interrupt our hike by offering us a ride. We just waved back and acted like this was what we planned all along.

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Orion Kueffner
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A bit dusty but overall a nice trail. There is a decline first then on the way back its an incline. the falls are so worth it but it gets pretty dodgy for the last 1/4 mile. Watch for the rocks near the falls and only take the tiny path down to the falls if you have good shoes and feel confident. Plenty of small animals around including squirels and toads.

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Iris Torres
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My brother who is a bird fanatic loved this bird watching trail. With the help of a bird calling app we saw pleated woodpecker, black cap chickadee, and a stellar Jay. such a beautiful view, steep at times but it was worth the view at the end.

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Leo Zenuhin
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Old hag plus four other idiodic women let their kids throw rocks at us near the waterfall. They tried running away from us when we confronted them. Seems like the people of Idaho aren't good for anything but growin' taters and shootin' guns.

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Celia Thompson
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We love this trail!! Nice day away from the city! We hiked this trail 5 days ago- only encountered 4 others hiking- very peaceful.

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Amanda Fendel
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Pretty easy hike, not very many people on the way there but back to the car there was a lot more groups. The waterfall was lovely to sit by and had a rock formation that looked like a water slide.

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Grant Bosch
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It was definitely Smokey but a very quiet and peaceful hike. There were a couple of groups we came across but for the most part we had the trail to ourselves. Certainly worth the drive.

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April Nettles
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Smoky out there today but a beautiful hike

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Brandon Daniels
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Great family trail! Great views, shade. Kids do get tired going back. Uphill quite a bit. I stopped recording when we got to the falls.

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