Pillar Falls is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Falls, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for walking and is best used from April until October.

Length1.1 miElevation gain393 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyWalkingForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowers
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Clint Crowe
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The trail is quite steep but if the water is low oil t is worth the effort to get in and out. The hike down is harder than the way back up.

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John Williams
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Nice hike. The trail was a bit washed out in places due to high water flow, but was easy to get through. Nice views.

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Clayton Shaw
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I enjoyed it, but the trail was quite steep and washed out in places. Be sure to wear appropriate shoes. As noted by others, the trail is not maintained, so be aware of what you are getting into. I like the views from the top better than from the bottom—when the river is high it is difficult to get out onto the falls. There was a lot of litter at the bottom, so please be sure to pack out what you pack in! I hiked this trail in late April.

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Richard Blunk
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As noted, this is a steep, slick, and not groomed trail. That being said my wife and I, who enjoy hiking and mountaineering but are not in mountain shape as we live in Iowa, had no trouble with this trail. Down in under 20 minutes, up in under 30 and we took our time for pics and such. Fun exploring at the bottom. Could have easily taken our 11 and 14 year old boys on it if they were motivated to go as we did it very late in the day. Hiking boots or shoes a must. We took Chacos for the bottom but didn’t get them out as we could get around on the rocks instead. Hiked back up in the dark in headlamps and it was MUCH cooler than the rest of the day. In general fun a very fun time!

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Matthew Camp
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Not sure why the negative reviews. This trail is NOT bad. It's not some pristinely maintained trail, but I don't want that anyway. We do it probably once a month and there is usually no one else on it. Good trail running if that is your bag.

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Paige DeVries
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This was a fun and adventurous trail for us at the beginning of July. We wore chacos and sandals on the hike, but it was a little tough going downhill in loose dirt and gravel without much grip support. If I did this again, I would definitely wear tennis or hiking shoes and bring a pair of water shoes along to throw on at the bottom. When we got to the bottom, we couldn’t see much of the falls and wondered how to get out to the middle. Turns out, you wade through the river waist deep (I’m 5’3”) to get out to the rest of the falls. We didn’t know this going into it, so it was fun, but I’m sure it’s a little better if you know to bring the right clothing for getting in the water! We saw parents with kids on their backs doing this, so it’s very doable but the current was pretty strong in some spots. And we tracked 470 feet of elevation gain on the way back up on apple watch. Overall I loved this hike, and it was probably my favorite one we did near Twin Falls.

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Jack Moore
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First 1/3 of the trail might as well just roll down because walking isn’t a safe option if it’s even remotely dry. Have hiked plenty of difficult trails and have to say this is literally the WORST trail I’ve ever had the pleasure of wasting 1 hour of my life on. The views aren’t very good because of how overgrown the vegetation is and the trail itself has been washed out for easily the past decade. My advice if you wanna see the Pillar Falls: rent a kayak or charter a helicopter because either one will be cheaper than the ER bill you get from attempting this hike. 0/10 would not recommend, go to Shoshone Falls and hike the Canyon Overlook Trail instead. Even Evil Knievel would not attempt this hike.

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Claire Kredens
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quite honestly the worst trail i have ever been on (and i consider myself a pro hiker). it's not worth the time; just kayak to the falls and save yourself the frustration. not maintained and not planned or built remotely well.

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Dan Ziegler
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Parked at the corner of Pole Line in the little trail parking road. Walk down the neighborhood road instead of the paved trail because there’s a fence between them. You’ll see the trailhead where all the no parking signs are, it says “foot access only” or something like that. It’s a steep old service road or something covered with dirt so it can be slippery in spots, then turns into a small trail with some rocks you have to maneuver over. Bout a 20 minute hike down to the bottom. If you want to walk around the pillar area I suggest wearing shoes that you don’t mind getting wet or take off your shoes. Water level was perfect height to wear shorts and walk through the streams over to the falls. Pay attention to how you go down because there’s a few trails that split of when you start heading back up. Bring plenty of water, steep hike back up to the top! 10/10 would recommend

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Christy Taylor
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STEEP. This is a nice trail for training for big elevation gains on Backcountry trips.

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Outdoor Hiking Fun
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VERY steep! Not a trail to take kids on. It has a lot of loose gravel that is hard not to slide on. A couple of our family members had to sit down and slide to even get down the first section. Cool hike, but not for beginners or anyone just looking for a quick easy hike. Coming back up was even worse! Definitely difficult

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Thida Lopez
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Steep downhill with dirt/small rocks - a bit slippery here and there. Beautiful areas at the bottom to explore and even camp if you choose. Don't forget the steep uphill climb out. Wear good shoes.

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Silvia Renova
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Great trail and so many beautiful hidden wonders! I hiked it for the first time with my 7-year old son and he made it just fine. It is challenging and steep in many areas so wear appropriate shoes! I’ll definitely go back!

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Samantha Dier
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Park on a sandy small lot to the NW(left). Hike is Steep, so make sure you have the right shoes on! It’s kind of off the beaten path and it forks about half way down. Going left will take you closer to the water. Going right will take you behind to a pretty view of the landscape. Going back up is exhausting but worth it. Maybe I’m just out of shape!

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Blaise Larson
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Great hike!! Steep and some loose gravel in places, otherwise great hike. Beautiful scenery!

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Randy Tibbetts
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Nice trail. Quite steep in places with loose rocks and gravel. Amazing views of the Snake River. Depending on water flow, you can walk around Pillar Falls area.

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Amanda Rush
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Not sure why this is considered an easy hike. The trail is super steep, not just eh, steep, but really steep. about 45°. Its also covered in loose gravel and dirt so its extra slippery. I brought a friend that is a beginner hiker and thought that easy would be a good starting point. She ended up slipping and spraining her ankle about 1/4 of the way down. I'm sure the bottom is really pretty.

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Nicole Coach
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Pretty steep at first, but it's a nice trail overall

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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Jason Miller
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Gannon Bauer
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Emilie Hinton
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Mike McGuire
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Emilie Hinton
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Emilie Hinton
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Kory Neal
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