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Lower Mesa Falls is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ashton, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 10.4 mi Elevation gain 1,204 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wildlife

Off trail

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Mostly easy out-and-back hike. The first four miles of this trail follow a gated FS road, then it's all bush-whacking. The 500-foot descent to and ascent from the falls is very steep. Most people see the iconic falls of Island Park from the overview, atop the cliff on the other side of the Henry's Fork. This destination is only feet away (don't fall in).

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Reviews (17)
Photos (7)
Recordings (6)
Completed (38)
Nikele Schwendiman
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HikingGreat!

Pretty cool place. Mostly just posting because there was blue confetti strewn all over the outlook and that upset me.

Kurt Thomas
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HikingOff trailOver grownScramble

The first 3 miles is down a forest road. We rode our mountain bikes down this portion and then hiked from there. There was no visible trailhead and no trail. We followed the map to the steep drop off at the end of the trail and decided to turn around. It was too steep for our family. Very pretty wildflowers and we enjoyed the bike ride.

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David Kays
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Hiking

nice well maintained heavily used trail easy hike down to Lower Mesa Falls moderate hike back up to trail head beautiful views interpretive signs identifying plants and trees was enjoyable

Holly Anderson
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beautiful veiw!

Heitor Nagliati
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Hiking

First of all, the first 3 miles of this “trail” is just a road. I drove it because the gate was open. After the road is over, there’s no trail at all. The vegetation completely over grew and hided the trail. I manage to go pretty far in with the aid of the GPS. However, the last quarter mile (which is a very steep down hill) I didn’t make it. No switch backs and no trail. So after sliding on loose rocks a couple times I decided to come back. It would have been to get down though if there was a trail. Notice that most reviews are talking about the little trail on the other side of the river.

anonymous reviewer
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Hiking

lots of varied terrain, quiet, and beautiful views. it is a narrow track with lots of growth- long pants recommended. nice afternoon or day hike!

Mary Sargent
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HikingOver grown
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Glen Werner
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Hiking

Road is closed due to snow only made it to the lookout 3/18/2019. Will wait until it melts away before making descent to the falls. Still a great view

Laura Sheppard
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Hiking

I definitely did not do the entire hike. I stopped at the overlook for my photos and walked in the trail for about a mile, then turned back. Was a beautiful area, but had a long day ahead, and thought it was the shorter of two trailheads.

Shane Hawkins
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Hiking

Wonderfully beautiful waterfall. We must have done a different trail to this waterfall as it was an easy walk down. Lucked out and we were one of the only groups there.

Brianna Nielsen
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First to Review

Wouldn't consider it a hike. It's more like something you drive up to and get a few pictures then go back home. Still beautiful though

Rupp B.
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Hiking
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Jessica Ashton
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Hiking
Jenna Gerelus
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Hiking
Brandy Cooper
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Hiking
Elizabeth Cardenas
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Randall Marrett
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Hiking
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