Phantom Falls Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakley, Idaho that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length3.0 miElevation gain528 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyNo shade
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Getting There

The trailhead is about 20 miles south-west of Oakley, ID. From Oakley, take South 500 West road (aka South Goose Creek Road West) to the south towards the Oakley Reservoir. When the South Goose Creek Road forks, stay right onto Dam Dr. Take a sharp right onto Trapper Creek Road, then a sharp left onto National Forest Service 533 Road. Stay on the 533 for 15 miles and look to the left for the trailhead.

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Tatiana Greener
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Hiking

Easy trail overall. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere. One dead cow right at the edge of the trail at the beginning and another before the falls. Ugh the stench. Just a trickle at the falls. If you go this far out visit teepee rocks too

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Dustin Heath
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

I understand not all hikes will be good experiences. We hiked Phantom Falls on July 23rd and came home tired and grumpy. It is not a particularly difficult hike, about 3 miles round trip, but about 60% of the trail was overgrown to the point that our legs got scratched up quite a bit. The area has a lot of cows and we often found ourselves playing hop scotch around fresh cow pies. I also discovered that my daughter is terrified of cows in general so when we came across them on the trail, she was not thrilled. We were all less than thrilled when on two separate occasions we came across a dead cow next to the path. We smelled the dead cows well before we saw them. It was hot and there was no shade on the hike which we expected. We were so fed up that we finally turned back before reaching the falls. I think the biggest surprise was how long it took to drive there. The trailhead is not far from us distance-wise, but we spent about 45 minutes (one way) driving on extremely rough roads. We prefer trailheads that are easily accessible. The highlight of the hike was when we took our dog to the stream to get a drink and he decided to lay down in it instead. We spent about an hour and a half after the hike picking burrs out of his fur. It was also cool when a snake slithered past my feet. The girls didn't think that was cool though. The bright side is that our next hike will most likely be a major step up from this one. It is good to have something to compare it to.

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Rigo Raya
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BugsNo shadeOver grown

Hike was easy. Lots of wild flowers and saw grouse close to trail. We were the only ones on the trail on a Saturday. Only complaint is the two dead cows right off the trail.

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Jill Miller
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HikingFlooded

Road into the falls area was flooded so we could get to the falls. Came from Ross Falls. Dirt road most of the way. Narrow & rough.

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Jon Smith
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Did this hike last week and we didn't see a single other person on the trail. The drive in, I think, keeps most people away, or maybe it was because we were there mid-week. Either way, it was a lovely hike. We saw a sage grouse that has apparently nested right beside the trail judging from her behavior coming and going. The falls themselves were thin, but beautiful nonetheless. Local friends we were with told us they were fuller than normal due to recent rains. We had a great time and if you like waterfalls, I suggest you put this one on the list. Obviously it isn't Shoshone, but you can't just drive up to it either. Points for being remote! Finally, you'd be wise to use your GPS on the drive in. There is a sign at the trailhead, but it doesn't name the trail.

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Kate Yeater
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

The waterfall at the end is worth it, and in early June everything is green with lots of wildflowers. However the trail is overgrown and because everything’s in bloom there are bugs. Minimal shade too so I recommend pants and sunscreen for this hike! Also a high clearance vehicle is definitely needed - you’re driving miles along gravel roads with ruts and puddles. The worst stretch is by the reservoir so once you’re on the Sawtooth National Forest the road conditions do improve quite a bit.

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Amanda Martin
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Great hike! Narrow and uneven in spots with hills and flat spots but overall an easy enjoyable hike that got the blood flowing in some spots and resting in others. Beautiful wild flowers this time of year and peaceful listening to the stream all the way. No snow or ice. Long dirt road drive to get there but scenic and worth it. I would also recommend long pants as there are several spots that the bushes will scratch your legs. We had ages 13 to 75 in our group of 10 and if I had been previously I would have told the out of shape, unsteady 75 year to sit this one out but I hadn’t so she came and she took her time and took lots of breaks (there is no where to sit) ultimately she didn’t give up and she made it but said she’d never do it again :) However I’d totally do it.

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Lynzee Hendrx
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HikingSnow

The trail will be great in about a month. There are quite a few spots with deeper snow, which made the trail more difficult. The water fall looked very cool all frozen though. Be sure to have a high clearance vehicle to get to the trail head.

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Julie Taylor
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Hiking

This was a fun little hike, with a lot of people. It's easy hiking.

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I Wilson
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Hiking

Terrific falls and easy hike. As mentioned, wear pants or you will get your legs scratched since the trail is pretty narrow. I made it there in a car so it is possible, it is not recommended though. Save yourself the stress and use a high-clearance vehicle or 4x4.

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Jeffrey Bailey
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Great hike, easy with a few inclines. The trail follows the stream that leads to the falls. Don't go with shorts if you're that type of hiker, there is a lot of brush that can get over knee high; it will scratch up your legs pretty bad. Use the map directions to get to the trail head or you will drive right past it. Also take a truck or Jeep or something like that, the road can be a bit rough and rocky. It's a long drive but we'll worth the hike.

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Jim Jones
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Hiking

A nice short hike to a small waterfall, bit rough getting to the trail head so high clearance vehicle is required, trail head is well marked but one could miss it as it is in a corner so once you hit Fall Creek running along side the road start looking for the trail marker, Nice flat trail with hardly any elevation gain, best time to view falls is in the spring run off but falls flow all year round, some rock scrambling can be done to get above the falls

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Theo Gerplunkle
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The road from Oakley to the trailhead has some rough, rocky patches. It was about an hour drive from Oakley to the trailhead, just under 30 minutes to hike up to the falls, and 18 minutes to jog down. Easy hike with gradual climb following Falls Creek and great scenery.

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Patrick Lundstrum
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Ashley Pierce
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Mary Riley
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Tracey McAuley
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Nicolas Ziegler
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Cody Miller
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Jeffrey Bailey
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